Watford v Chelsea Premier League betting preview and tips

20:30 Wed 26 Dec
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: Watford +1
Units: 1/5
Odds: -133

We bet against Chelsea for a recent trip to Brighton and the Blues managed to land a 2-1 victory at the AMEX Stadium, although we’re happy to get with Watford for this festive encounter.

It is clear that Maurizio Sarri’s side are not banker material on the road despite their lofty position of fourth, with the London side having recently been defeated at Wembley and Molineux by Tottenham and Wolves respectively.

Eden Hazard has only recently broken a goal drought and Chelsea are sure to be tested by a Watford side who are making some smart progress under Javi Gracia who appears to have a medium-term future at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets are playing some good football and recently put Cardiff to the sword at home, winning 3-2 in a match where they should have enjoyed a bigger margin of victory.

They went to Goodison Park and landed a 2-2 draw, while it should also be noted that they join Arsenal in being one of just two teams who have beaten Tottenham on the road this term.

Troy Deeney will enjoy going up against David Luiz and Antonio Rudiger, while there could be starring performances from Gerard Deulefou, Ken Sema and Quina, all of whom have been shining recently.

Chelsea don’t like having their feathers ruffled and there have been three occasions where they have failed to win on the road this season, with Watford seemingly raising their game against the better teams.

Liverpool needed an hour to force a breakthrough in their match and Manchester City were breathing a sigh of relief after escaping with a 2-1 win after a late onslaught from the Hornets.

BETTING TIP
Watford +1 @ 1.75 with bet365

Team News

Watford: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Chelsea: 4-3-3 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 26
    Ben Foster
  • 25
    José Holebas
  • 27
    Christian Kabasele
  • 15
    Craig Cathcart
  • 21
    Kiko Femenia
  • 37
    Roberto Pereyra
  • 29
    Etienne Capoue
  • 16
    Abdoulaye Doucoure
  • 12
    Ken Sema
  • 09
    Troy Deeney
  • 07
    Gerard Deulofeu
  • 01
    Kepa Arrizabalaga
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 02
    Antonio Rüdiger
  • 30
    David Luiz
  • 03
    Marcos Alonso
  • 07
    Ngolo Kante
  • 05
    Jorginho
  • 17
    Mateo Kovacic
  • 22
    Willian
  • 10
    Eden Hazard
  • 11
    Pedro Rodriguez

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 31 23 7 1 70:18 76
2 Manchester City 30 23 3 4 76:20 72
3 Tottenham 30 20 1 9 57:32 61
4 Arsenal 30 18 6 6 63:39 60
5 Manchester Unit 30 17 7 6 58:40 58
6 Chelsea 30 17 6 7 50:33 57
7 Wolverhampton W 30 12 8 10 38:36 44
8 Watford 30 12 7 11 42:44 43
9 West Ham 31 12 6 13 41:46 42
10 Everton 31 11 8 12 42:39 41
11 Leicester 31 12 5 14 40:43 41
12 Bournemouth 31 11 5 15 43:56 38
13 Newcastle Unite 31 9 8 14 31:40 35
14 Crystal Palace 30 9 6 15 36:41 33
15 Brighton 29 9 6 14 32:42 33
16 Southampton 30 7 9 14 34:50 30
17 Burnley 31 8 6 17 35:59 30
18 Cardiff 30 8 4 18 27:57 28
19 Fulham 31 4 5 22 29:70 17
20 Huddersfield 31 3 5 23 18:57 14