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Match Preview – Watford v Chelsea

Match Preview – Watford v Chelsea


Watford host Chelsea at Vicarage Road on Saturday with both sides still adapting to life under their new charismatic Italian managers.

Following the departure of the suave and serene Quique Sanchez Flores, the Hornets hired the fiery Walter Mazzarri and his confrontational style and innovative tactical approach promise an interesting season for the club.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is equally combustible and the pressure is on him to succeed following impressive spells at Juventus and with the Italian national side.

Watford, who are 17/4 to take the points, started well last season following their return to the top flight but tailed off towards the end, perhaps distracted by their run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

Mazzarri’s combative approach means they are unlikely to be allowed to take their eye off the ball this time around and he already appears to be implementing his favoured 3-5-2 system.

A solid opening 1-1 draw at Southampton shows his hard work on the training ground has paid off and he is likely to stick with the same starting XI as at St Mary’s, but will be without substitute Ben Watson following his red card in that game.

Chelsea opened their campaign with a 2-1 home win against West Ham but despite playing some pretty football, struggled to maintain their intensity.

The Blues traditionally have a good record against Watford, not losing any of their last 10 meetings and look a good price to win at 5/7.

Conte may too eventually try three at the back but Kurt Zouma’s absence means he is likely to start with the same 4-1-4-1 as against the Hammers, meaning Cesc Fabregas may again be forced to accept a bench role.

The pair drew on both occasions they met last term and backing 53/20 for an even scoreline after 90 minutes could prove a shrewd bet.

Having played out a 0-0 stalemate at Vicarage Road and with Chelsea keeping clean sheets in six of their last eight games against the Hornets, betting against both teams to score at 10/13 may also be worth considering.


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