7:00 AM (AEDST) Tuesday, February 6 at Vicarage Road, Watford
The final clash of Round 26 in the English Premier League will see Watford at home against defending champions Chelsea.
Watford: Gomes; Holebas, Kabasele, Britos, Femenia; Capoue, Doucoure; Richarlison, Cleverley, Carrillo; Gray.
Chelsea: Courtois; Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Alonso, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Zappacosta; Hazard, Willian; Morata.
There have been 25 League games between these two sides, with Chelsea scoring 12 wins to Watford’s 8 victories, with 5 other games drawn. They last met earlier this season where Chelsea won 4-2.
The Wasps have made a consistent and solid start to the year. They opened with a 3 all draw against Liverpool before beating Bournemouth 2-0. After a scoreless draw with Brighton, they beat Southampton 2-0 in Round 4. They then had a bad day at the office when Man City hammered them 6-0. Watford bounced back impressively though, beating Swansea 2-1, holding West Brom to a 2 all draw and then bagging an impressive 2-1 win over Arsenal. The Wasps then lost three straight to Chelsea, Stoke and Everton before beating West Ham 2-0 and Newcastle 3-0. They’ve been in poor form since, losing to Manchester United 4-2, Burnley 1-0, Crystal Palace 2-1, Huddersfield 4-1, Brighton 1-0 and Swansea 2-1, while picking up a solitary draw with Spurs and a sole win against Leicester 2-1. They lost back to back games against Swansea 2-1 and Man City 3-1 before scoring a draw with Southampton 2 all. They’ve then lost to Leicester 2-0 and had a scoreless draw with Stoke.
Defending champions Chelsea will be hoping to return to their impressive form from last season which saw them win 30 of their 38 games. They opened their Premier League campaign with a shock 3-2 loss to Burnley, but bounced back to topple the second best side last season, Tottenham, 2-1 to get their season underway. They then beat Everton 2-0 and Leicester City 2-1 before a scoreless draw with Arsenal in Round 5. The Blues then belted Stoke 4-0 before dropping consecutive games to League leaders Manchester City 1-0 and the last placed Crystal Palace 2-1. They bounced back with wins against Watford 4-2 and Bournemouth 1-0. Chelsea then overcame fellow heavyweights Manchester United 1-0 and then hammered West Brom 4-0. Chelsea were then held to a draw with Liverpool before beating Swansea 1-0 and Newcastle 3-1. After they went down to the Hammers 1-0, Chelsea has beaten Huddersfield 3-1 and Southampton 1-0, then drew nil all with Chelsea before beating Brighton 2-0 and Stoke 5-0. They drew their next two games against Arsenal 2 all and Leicester 0 all. Brighton went down 4-0 to the Blues before losing 3-0 to Bournemouth last week.
Watford back 5 v Chelsea front 3 – Watford’s defence has been shaky all season while Chelsea has been rock solid at the back.
Chelsea should romp home with a win here.