Watford 1 – Chelsea 2
Eden Hazard secured the plaudits after Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 on Boxing Day.
Hazard rediscovered his scoring touch as the Belgian bagged a brace at Vicarage Road.
First half injury time saw a flurry of activity.
Eden Hazard profited from a mistake in Watford’s backline to round Ben Foster to fire Chelsea in front.
However Watford levelled in the five minute of first half stoppage time through a Roberto Pereyra volley from a corner.
Hazard settled the contest in the second half from the penalty spot.
Troy Deeney’s advice to keeper Foster backfired as Hazard slipped his spot-kick into the opposite side.
Chelsea injuries before Crystal Palace: Pedro & Callum Hudson-Odoi
Chelsea travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to face Crystal Palace.
The Eagles have enjoyed a mixed bad of results this holiday period.
After a stunning 3-2 win at Man City last weekend, Palace could only draw 0-0 with Cardiff on Boxing Day.
Chelsea will head to south London with two fresh injury problems.
Spanish forward Pedro was subbed out of the Watford match in the 43rd minute.
In the 41st minute, Pedro was seen holding the back of his left leg. The Chelsea star indicated he had a hamstring problem.
A minute later Pedro was given the hook.
Pedro was replaced by 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Sadly for Hudson Odoi, he failed to last the whole Watford match after he too went down with injury.
With five minutes left in the contest, Hudson-Odoi was replaced by Emerson.
Hudson Odoi grimaced as he left the pitch, while Chelsea’s fans booed the decision as they felt bad for the sub who was then subbed.
Pedro & Callum Hudson Odoi updates
After the game Maurizio Sarri gave the following updates on whether Pedro and Hudson-Odoi will be available against Crystal Palace.
Sarri says Callum Hudson-Odoi had a hamstring issue last week which flared up in the last 10 minutes and he felt a little pain, which is why he came off. That's all from the boss for now, there will be more online and on our app later. #WATCHE
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 26, 2018
Sarri provides an update: "We don't know how much Pedro is injured, we will evaluate tomorrow. That is the same problem with Hudson-Odoi. He had a little injury a few days ago, yesterday it was good and he managed 50-55 minutes. We thought it was better to substitute him." #CFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 26, 2018