Watford v Chelsea English Premier League preview

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Watford, who sit bottom of the Premier League, welcome a fast-improving Chelsea to Vicarage Road for this weekend’s Saturday evening kick off.

The Hornets are having a terrible season so far. They are without a win in the Premier League from their opening ten games and are already four points from safety. Their league record this campaign stands at lost five, drawn five, and they have only managed five goals, whilst conceding 21 times.

In their last five league games alone, they have scored just one goal, suffered an 8-0 defeat at Manchester City, and been involved in two 0-0 draws. To add to their misery, they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in midweek by Everton, going down 2-0 at Goodison Park. One glimmer of hope for Watford is that they have drawn their last three Premier League fixtures, so they are continuing to pick up points.

Their visitors on Saturday evening, Chelsea, made a poor start to their campaign, losing 4-0 on the opening day of the season at Manchester United. However, since then, they have been in excellent form, and have won four league games in a row. This has seen Frank Lampard’s young side climb up to fourth place in the table and just two points behind second place, Manchester City.

Chelsea can also boast a record of six straight away wins in all competitions, including Champions League victories at Lille and Ajax, which has seen them score an incredible 19 goals. However, after seven straight wins in all competitions home and away, they come into this game off the back of a 2-1 midweek home defeat against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup.

In the previous 14 fixtures between the two clubs in all competitions, there have only been two draws. Both of those stalemates came in the 2015/16 season, Watford’s first campaign back in the Premier League since 2007. The sides drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, before playing out a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road. In the subsequent six games, which have all been in the Premier League, Chelsea have won five of them with Watford winning once, a 4-1 home victory in February last year. However, Chelsea won both fixtures last season, securing at 2-1 win at Vicarage Road in December, before running out 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge in May.

These two sides are showing very contrasting form at the moment, with Chelsea’s confidence on a high, whilst Watford look dejected and are the favourites for relegation already. With the Hornets struggling to win or even score, and Chelsea having won six away games in a row, whilst seemingly being able to score at will, the form can only point to an away win.

There should be goals as Chelsea are averaging 3.2 goals per game away from home, and in their five Premier League away games this season, four of them have seen over 4.5 goals, whilst the other game had over 3.5 goals. In fact, the last six meetings between the sides has seen over 2.5 goals each time.

Tammy Abraham is a good bet for getting on the score sheet too, as he has bagged more Premier League goals this season than Watford put together, finding the net on eight occasions.

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