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01 Feb 2018 by TSZ

Premier League In Focus – Watford vs Chelsea Preview

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When? Monday 5th February, 20:00 (UK)

Where? Vicarage Road

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available? SOLD OUT

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Chelsea W3, D2
Premier League meetings: Watford W1, Chelsea W6, D2
All-time meetings: Watford W9, Chelsea W17, D6

WATFORD

Predicted line-up: Gomes; Mariappa, Prodl, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue, Cleverley; Deulofeu, Deeney, Richarlison

Unavailable: Hoban (Injured), Chalobah (Injured), Kiko Femenia (Injured), Britos (Injured), Hughes (Injured), Cathcart (Injured)

Doubtful: Wague (Injured), Gomes (Injured), Kaboul (Injured)

CHELSEA

Predicted line-up: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Fabregas, Giroud, Hazard

Unavailable: Willian (Injured)

Doubtful: Morata (Injured), David Luiz (Injured)

PREDICTION
Javi Gracia’s first game in charge as Watford manager saw him earn a point away at Stoke and now the Spaniard will be looking to earn his first win while in charge of the Hornets. He has been tasked with halting the slide that the club are currently in and next up they face a Chelsea side who were embarrassed by Bournemouth in their last outing. If the soon to be outgoing Premier League champions don’t bounce back from that result quickly then there top four hopes could be placed in serious jeopardy. The Stamford Bridge defeat of a few days ago should be a blip though as Gracia’s first Watford win will have to wait at least another week.

MEMORABLE MEETING
Watford’s first ever win over Chelsea in the Premier League was also the first meeting between these two sides at this level. In what was something of an upset victory, Allan Smart’s strike was the solitary goal of the game and one that gave the Hornets a memorable three points.


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