Kick-off: 1400, 05/05/2019
Stadium: Stamford Bridge
Games between Chelsea and Watford are usually good to watch, with the last five Premier League encounters producing a whopping 22 goals.
The Blues have won four of those head-to-head meetings, including 4-2 and 4-3 home victories in the past couple of seasons and a 2-1 triumph at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.
We’re snapping up 87/100 for Maurizio Sarri’s side to prevail and over 2.5 goals in the match as our initial Chelsea vs Watford prediction.
A Look At Chelsea’s Betting Odds
Chelsea have stuttered a bit of late but are odds-on to finish in the top four following last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Blues fell behind to a Juan Mata strike and were a touch fortunate to be gifted Marcos Alonso’s equaliser via a David De Gea blunder.
However, David Luiz was glad to return to London with a valuable point that kept his side three clear of United.
He said: “It’s important for our club, because we are a big club and big clubs want to play in the Champions League.
“It’s great to be there and play against the best players in the world, the best teams. I miss it.”
The Blues are also eyeing Europa League success as a means to that end, so taking on Eintracht Frankfurt in Thursday’s semi-final first leg is a welcome distraction.
They are unbeaten in eight league games at Stamford Bridge and 29/10 for a 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 home win takes the eye from the Chelsea vs Watford odds.
Last Chelsea EPL line-up: Kepa, Rudiger, Alonso, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic, Higuain, Hazard, Willian.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek should be fit after suffering cramp in the latter stages of Thursday’s Europa League 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt. Gary Cahill has an Achilles problem which will be assessed.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford’s bid to secure seventh place almost certainly ended with last week’s 2-1 loss to Wolves at Vicarage Road.
Andre Gray cancelled out Raul Jimenez’s opener just after half-time, but Diogo Jota’s 77th-minute effort proved decisive.
Javi Gracia admitted: “I am disappointed with the result. We wanted to get a better result, but it wasn’t possible.
“When they scored a second, it was a difficult moment for us. We tried until the end, but it didn’t happen.”
The Hornets could now be forgiven for turning their thoughts to an upcoming FA Cup final clash with Manchester City.
They may still be a threat going forward, but recent losses away to Liverpool, City and Manchester United highlight how tough they find it to defend when visiting big clubs.
Let’s finish off our Chelsea vs Watford odds by taking Evens for the Blues to score in both halves.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Mariappa, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Gray.
Watford will welcome back captain Troy Deeney from a three-game ban but midfielder Etienne Capoue (groin) is set to miss out.
Miguel Britos is also unavailable after having a wisdom tooth out, while fellow defender Sebastian Prodl (knee) and midfielder Domingos Quina (shoulder) continue their rehabilitation.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 CHELSEA – Pedro
WATFORD 1-2 Wolves – Andre Gray
Head-to-head: Watford 1-2 Chelsea, Watford 4-1 Chelsea, Chelsea 4-2 Watford, Chelsea 4-3 Watford, Watford 1-2 Chelsea
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