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Watford vs Chelsea predictions: Match preview, team news & likely starting line-ups

101 Great Goals prediction: Watford 1 – Chelsea 2

Chelsea to beat Watford 2-1 is 7/1 with Paddy Power.

Chelsea may not be in very good form right now, but results elsewhere and last week should concentrate minds.

This will be Javi Garcia’s first home game as Watford boss, which should see the Hornets raise their game.

But, with Chelsea likely to be much better drilled the Blues will emerge the winners.

Watford vs Chelsea: Favourites, underdogs, BTTS & likely first goal scorer

Chelsea, as one of the established top six, are favourites according to the bookies. The Blues are rated at 4/7 to claim the win.

Watford are 9/2 underdogs to beat Chelsea at Vicarage Road.

Draw at half-time and Chelsea to win looks an attractive looking 16/5.

BTTS is exactly the same for “yes” and “no”: 5/6.

Olivier Giroud to score the first goal in the game is 7/2. Eden Hazard is 4/1.

Richarlison, who has been linked with Chelsea, is 17/2 to notch the first goal.

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Watford celebrate goal v Spurs

WATFORD, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Christian Kabasele of Watford celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with his Watford team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on December 2, 2017 in Watford, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Watford vs Chelsea Premier League match preview

Another Premier League weekend comes to a close when Watford take on Chelsea at Vicarage Road on Monday Night Football.

It promises to be a fascinating clash with both sides needing the points.

Watford may be in 11th place in the Premier League ahead of kick-off but they are only three points from the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Chelsea appear locked in a battle for top four with the Big Six and cannot afford any more dropped points.

Where is the Javi Garcia new manager bounce?

The Hornets have been in poor form for some time, which the owners of the club eventually put down to Marco Silva’s flirtation with Everton.

New manager Javi Garcia has overseen two matches so far.

The first was a 1-0 defeat to Southampton in the FA Cup. This was followed in midweek by a 0-0 draw with Stoke.

Watford were busy in the January transfer window, most notably bringing in Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona.

In his first home game in charge, surely Garcia will have a good go at Chelsea as Watford look to bag some much needed points.

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Conte Chelsea

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 20: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte looks on during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at Amex Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s 2018 struggles

The calendar year has been a struggle for Chelsea so far, with constant long term rumours about the future of Antonio Conte.

Chelsea failed to beat Arsenal on three occasions and exited the Carabao Cup when favourites in the semi-final. Norwich were defeated on penalties and Leicester were the better side at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Wins over Brighton and Newcastle looked to have Chelsea on the up again only for Bournemouth to stun Stamford Bridge in midweek.

Chelsea appear to be way too reliant on Alvaro Morata, who has seen his goals dry up and misses the Watford match due to injury.

Can Olivier Giroud replace the Spaniard in the Chelsea frontline?

Watford team news vs Chelsea

Tom Cleverley is a major doubt after coming off at Stoke.

Heurelho Gomes, Craig Cathcart and Younès Kaboul also remain unavailable due to injury.

Didier Ndong is suspended – a left over suspension from his time at Sunderland.

Miguel Britos, Kiko Femenía and Will Hughes are also on the lengthy injury list.

Chelsea team news vs Watford

Alvaro Morata and Andreas Christensen have been ruled out of the Watford trip by Antonio Conte.

David Luiz, who is not in Conte’s plans this year, is also out.

Willian is tipped to make a comeback for Chelsea.

Antonio Conte played down the likelihood of either Olivier Giroud or Emerson Palmeri starting the game in his pre-Watford press conference.

Ross Barkley, another new signing, has reportedly broken down in training with a hamstring problem.

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Watford predicted starting XI vs Chelsea

Watford predicted starting XI vs Chelsea

Watford predicted starting XI vs Chelsea

Chelsea predicted starting XI vs Watford

Chelsea predicted starting XI vs Watford

Chelsea predicted starting XI vs Watford

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