Chelsea will play their first game under new manager Guss Hiddink. They will look to change their fortune in post-Mourinho era.
Watford is coming to this fixture with a good form. Chelsea is in 15th in the table with 18 points 8 places and 10 points behind their opponent.
Last time they met in FA Cup last season and Chelsea beat Watford by three goals without reply. Willian, Remy and Zouma were the scorers that time. Last time when this two team met in Premier League, It was in 2006-07. Chelsea won both the fixtures without conceding. Chelsea won at Vicarage Road by a solitary goal and won at Stamford Bridge by four goals. John Terry is the only current player to play those matches.
Chelsea is looking for a back-to-back win for the first time this season. In fact, it will be the second win of the month for the first time this season if they manage to win it. Watford won four consecutive fixtures and they want to add it against struggling Chelsea.
The home side was in good shape against relegation threatened Sunderland last week. But this will be the real test for the players and the manager that how far they can go in post-Mourinho era. Watford was brilliant against Liverpool last time and they can move into top four if they manage a win.
Eden Hazard may return to the lineup as he has started training this week. Radamel Falcao will miss the match.
Watford will miss Last week’s one of the goal scorers Nathan Ake as he is ineligible to play against his parent club. They will also miss Tommy Hoban and Joel Ekstrand due to injury. However, Sebastian Prodl may return.
Chelsea Vs Watford probable lineup:
Willian is the most successful player for Chelsea this season. He played regularly well despite his team’s lack of support. So, he is again the key player for Chelsea going into the clash.
The partnership of Ighalo and Deeney is proving lethal day by day. They scored 17 goals together and definitely this is a concern for Chelsea back four.
Chelsea Vs Watford Prediction:
Watford is in good form so that will not be an easy start for Hiddink. It may finish tight. Chelsea may come out with win. Our Prediction is 2-1 win in favor of the home side.
Chelsea win: 1/2
Watford win: 11/2