Chelsea vs Watford – Saturday 21st October 2017 – 12:30 - Sky Sports Football

Chelsea are 1/3 with Alvaro Morata at 9/4 to score first.

Chelsea face Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime, in an important fixture for Antonio Conte's men.

The Blues come into this match in mixed form, with the Blues drawing 3-3 against Roma in the Champions League.

David Luiz (11) gave Chelsea the lead, with Eden Hazard striking before half-time (37) to give Chelsea a 2-0 lead.

Former Manchester City player Aleksandar Kolarov pulled one back for the visitors (40), making it 2-1 before the break.

Another former Manchester City player in Edin Dzeko scored a double inside six minutes (64, 70) to give Roma a 3-2 lead.

Eden Hazard returned to make it 3-3 on the night, with the Belgian rescuing a point for the Blues in a vital home game (75).

That means Chelsea remain top of the group, with a reverse fixture away against Roma coming up for Conte's side.

Pressure Lifted  

Antonio Conte will be looking to avoid three successive Premier League defeats, the first of Conte's tenure at Chelsea.

They won the Premier League in style last season, with the foundations of that title win coming in the ashes of back to back defeats.

This is a tough fixture for Chelsea, with Watford coming into this match on the back of a great win against Arsenal.

Chelsea are fifth in the Premier League, surprisingly they are behind Watford in the table, who find themselves in 4th place.

 

Blues Favourites

Chelsea come into this match as favourites, despite their recent form and home advantage.

The Blues will be looking to win this fixture, but they will have another tough opponent in the form of Silva's Watford.

Chelsea are looking for their 11th win in 20 matches against the Hornets.

Huge Challenge

Watford come into this match on the back of a 2-1 win against Arsenal, an excellent result for Marco Silva's side.

Per Mertesacker was the surprise source for Arsenal's opening goal (39), with the German heading Arsenal into an early lead.

The Gunners wasted a hatful of chances to make it 2-0, with Mesut Ozil's one on one costing the Gunners dearly.

Substitute Troy Deeney stepped up from the penalty spot to take the Hornets level (71), after a clumsy challenge from full-back Bellerin.

Tom Cleverley scored the winner for the Hornets deep into injury time (90+2), giving the Hornets back to back wins against the Gunners.

 

Title Contenders?

Watford have had a phenomenal Premier League campaign, they have lost just one game this season against Manchester City.

They find themselves in 4th place in the Premier League, above the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Hornets have won four of their opening eight matches, a meteoric rise from last seasons efforts under Mazzarri.

This will be a tough match for Watford, with Chelsea a wounded animal after two successive defeats.

Hornets Underdogs

Marco Silva's side come into this match as the underdogs, despite their excellent form this season.

This will be a tough match for Watford, with Chelsea looking to return to winning ways.

Watford will be looking for their first win in 11 matches against the Blues.

Man City are 7/5 with Sergio Aguero at 7/2 to open the scoring.

Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Aguero to score first @ 7/2

Tip 2 – 2-2 draw @ 11/1

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