Watford v CHELSEA: Preview

Venue: Vicarage Road
Date: Wednesday, 3 February
Kick-off: 19:45 GMT

Tonight’s game sees us travel to Watford, where Hiddink’s second spell in charge started with a draw. Chelsea are unbeaten since then and we looked good in our 5-1 win at the weekend, albeit against MK Dons.
Watford are unlikely to be as charitable as the weekend’s opponents though and our defence would do well to take note of Odion Ighalo’s run of 7 goals in his last seven Premier League games at home.
3 points on my birthday would do nicely though!

MANAGER’S VIEWS
Going into tonight’s game, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores says “It’s not too long since we played with Chelsea the last time, but in this period they have reacted. They are playing well, but we are also in the same condition, recuperating good feelings to keep a good position in the league, so I think for sure it will be a very tough match.”
Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink meanwhile, says on Watford, “They are a very dangerous team. They are solid with dangerous for ward players. Flores was my player and I know he can construct a team that are very difficult to beat. The gap between the top and bottom clubs has not vanished by it has reduced.”

TEAM NEWS
For Watford, Nathan Ake is ineligible to play against us but new signing Mario Suarez is available for his debut.
For Chelsea, Falcao (groin) and Remy (calf) are injured and Willian (foot) faces a late test. Zouma and Azpilicueta, could be recalled but new signing Maizga and on-loan Pato are not expected to feature..

TEAMS
WATFORD (Possible line-up): Gomes, Holebas, Britos, Cathcart, Paredes, Jurado, Watson, Capoue, Behrami, Deeney, Ighalo.
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Oscar, Costa.

LAST MEETING
Chelsea 2-2 Watford (26th December 2015)

CURRENT FORM
WATFORD: DLLLLW
CHELSEA: DDWDDW

OTHER STUFF
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last nine league and cup games against Watford
~ Watford’s last win against Chelsea was a 1-0 victory in 1999
~ Watford haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last six top-flight games
~ A win would see Chelsea win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since winning the title
~ Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games
~ Chelsea have taken seven points in three Premier League away games under Guus Hiddink

PREDICTION
If you go in for patterns, we’re on a run of 2 draws following each win in the league. That would equate to a point from this game, which wouldn’t really be a major surprise.

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