Watford vs Chelsea Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Watford vs Chelsea Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Watford were able to utilise the form of Ben Foster to pick up a second consecutive league victory, as they beat West Ham 2-0 at the London Stadium. Troy Deeney’s penalty provided Watford with a lead in the first half, but it was Foster’s brilliance that kept Watford in the lead before Gerard Deulofeu scored a late goal to come from the three points. Chelsea’s unbeaten streak at home came to an end after a 1-0 loss against Leicester City. Jamie Vardy came up with the only goal of the game just a few minutes into the second half, as Leicester came up with an impressive performance.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Chelsea were able to come up with an impressive away win over Brighton but Maurizio Sarri will have a tough time to pick up his players after the loss against Leicester City. Watford have not been able to put together a three-game winning sequence in any of the last 15 matches. After having barely scrapped for a win over West Ham, a home win does not appear to be likely. I would pick a win for Chelsea.

The physicality of Watford will help Chelsea from set pieces. The Blues may have had a tremendous statistic in terms of holding onto the ball, but opposition have been able to score with relative ease on the counter-attack. Chelsea have conceded eight goals in the last four away matches. I would opt for a game with goals at both ends.

Chelsea win – 3/4

Both teams to score – 7/10

Watford have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

Watford saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Chelsea

Chelsea saw over 1.5 goals in 10 out of their last 10 games played

Chelsea scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played against Watford

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Watford Form Guide

Watford Team Logo

Watford

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
D A

02-01-2019

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 3 - 3

(HT 3 - 3)

W A

06-01-2019

FA Cup

Woking Team Logo Woking

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

12-01-2019

Premier League

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

19-01-2019

Premier League

Burnley Team Logo Burnley

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

26-01-2019

FA Cup

Newcastle United Team Logo Newcastle United

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

30-01-2019

Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

02-02-2019

Premier League

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

09-02-2019

Premier League

Everton Team Logo Everton

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

15-02-2019

FA Cup

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

22-02-2019

Premier League

Cardiff City Team Logo Cardiff City

FT 1 - 5

(HT 0 - 1)

Chelsea Form Guide

Chelsea Team Logo

Chelsea

Won

6

Draw

0

Lost

4
W H

12-01-2019

Premier League

Newcastle United Team Logo Newcastle United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

19-01-2019

Premier League

Arsenal Team Logo Arsenal

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

24-01-2019

EFL Cup

Tottenham Hotspur Team Logo Tottenham Hotspur

FT 6 - 3

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

27-01-2019

FA Cup

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

30-01-2019

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 4 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

02-02-2019

Premier League

Huddersfield Town Team Logo Huddersfield Town

FT 5 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

10-02-2019

Premier League

Manchester City Team Logo Manchester City

FT 6 - 0

(HT 4 - 0)

W A

14-02-2019

Europa League Final Stage

Malmoe FF Team Logo Malmoe FF

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

18-02-2019

FA Cup

Manchester United Team Logo Manchester United

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

21-02-2019

Europa League Final Stage

Malmoe FF Team Logo Malmoe FF

FT 3 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Watford Preview

Watford were in danger of dropping down the table at an alarming pace, but the Hornets have been to steady the ship with back-to-back wins that have lifted the club to 7th in the table. The return of key players like Troy Deeney has helped Watford, who also had Ben Foster to thank after an impressive win during the weekend. The clean sheet against West Ham was the first blank for Watford in the last eight matches and it was largely down to the brilliance of Foster. Manager Javi Gracia will be aware that the team’s defence has to improve rather than rely heavily on the goalkeeper.

Watford Team News

Adalberto Penaranda (foot), Younes Kaboul (foot), Andre Gray (leg), Will Hughes (hip), and Pontus Dahlberg (head) are unavailable for Watford.

Chelsea Preview

Maurizio Sarri has been critical of Chelsea’s attitude in the last few weeks and the Italian had more reasons to complain after his team slumped to a loss against Leicester City. Chelsea’s faint hopes of winning the title is effectively over after this defeat and it is now only about a top four finish and victories in other competitions. The lack of a prolific centre-forward is starting to hurt Chelsea as the blues did not get the best out of Eden Hazard against teams that do not offer a lot of space. The return of Alvaro Morata from injury may not hold much significance, as the Spaniard could depart Chelsea as early as in February.

Chelsea Team News

Marco van Ginkel (cruciate ligament), Victor Moses (back), Jamal Blackman (leg), and Andreas Christensen (hamstring) are unavailable for Maurizio Sarri.

Watford Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Chelsea Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Watford vs Chelsea Sidelined Players

Watford
17 Adalberto Penaranda Injured
18 Andre Gray Injured
Chelsea
27 Andreas Christensen Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
26 GK Ben Foster 193 79
21 LB Kiko 171 68
27 CD Christian Kabasele 188 84
25 RB Jose Holebas 184 77
15 CD Craig Cathcart 188 73
37 RM Roberto Pereyra 182 74
29 CM Etienne Capoue 189 80
16 CM Abdoulaye Doucoure 184 75
12 LM Ken Sema 177 69
9 CF Troy Deeney 185 90
7 CF Gerard Deulofeu 171 68
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 189 84
3 RB Marcos Alonso 188 85
30 CD David Luiz 189 84
28 LB Cesar Azpilicueta 178 70
2 CD Antonio Ruediger 190 85
5 CM Jorginho 180 65
7 CM N'Golo Kante 168 68
17 CM Mateo Kovacic 178 78
11 LF Pedro Rodriguez 169 64
22 RF Willian 175 70
10 CF Eden Hazard 173 76