Watford vs. Chelsea Preview

A wounded animal is dangerous.

Chelsea play London based team Watford in a derby on Saturday. Watford sit bottom of the Premier League table having not won a game all season. Watford have drawn 5 and lost 5 but recently they have drawn their last three games in the Premier League which shows slight improvement. Watford have already made managerial changes this season by sacking Gracia and bringing back Flores. Watford have lost to City by 8 goals but they did manage draws against Arsenal and Tottenham and so Chelsea will have to be clinical and solid. 

Chelsea go into this game having ended their winning streak by a loss to Manchester United on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup. It was not the greatest of games by either team and it was really only the penalty and the Rashford free kick that decided the game. The Carabao Cup is a bit of an anomaly though and so Chelsea have a quick chance to bounce back. 

Chelsea Team Preview

Chelsea will be without Rudiger, and Loftus-Cheek who are out due to long term problems. Kante, Barkley, and Christensen are fit but not match fit and so this game could come too soon for them. Emerson should be back and ready to go. Kepa will start in goal after a rest, Emerson, Zouma, Tomori, and Azpilicueta should start in the defence. Jorginho, Kovacic, and Mount should start in midfield with Pulisic, Tammy, and Willian up front. Apart from the midfield several of these players were rested and so Chelsea should have a fresh team that can take advantage of Watford. 

Watford Team Preview

Deeney, Sarr, Welbeck, Cleverley, and Quina are all big misses for Watford while Flores has the rest of the players to select from. Watford have focused on defence for now by playing 5 at the back and while several key players might be out they do have players like Deolofeu who can damage any team. 

Starting XI Prediciton

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Watford might not have won a game but this is a tough clash and Chelsea will have to perform well to get a win. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

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