Return Fixture Sees Chelsea Face Watford

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With a home advantage and top of the table standing, Chelsea will be tough opposition this Sunday, when Watford visit Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea, who will face Watford on Sunday currently sit in third place in the League, 16 places above their rivals.

Chelsea’s campaign so far has seen them accrue 71 points this season

Thomas Tuchel’s men were held to a disappointing draw against Manchester United in their last fixture, he will be keen to improve on that in this game.

Also, Chelsea keep finding ways to win, having secured seven victories in their last 10 matches is astonishing this season and they are looking worthy of the aspiration to qualify for Champion’s League football. They currently stand third in the League, with 71 points for a total of 20 wins, 6 losses and 11 draws having won 20 fixtures, drawn 11 games, and lost six meetings.

Chelsea have won eight games, drawn five matches, and lost three fixtures of their 16 League matches at home this season.

Chelsea will have 74 points if they manage to secure a victory.

Good atacking and defensive team

Defence begins with attack and Chelsea have defended well as a team, borne out by conceding 32 goals in their previous matches. Every player has contributed to them delivering a solid defensive display this Premier League season. They have a good scoring rate of 74 goals. This season, their stand-out attacking players have been Kai Havertz (5), Timo Werner (3), and Mason Mount (3).

Chelsea may have to resort to second choice players, given the number of first choice players that are now unavailable through injury, illness or suspension.

Roy Hodgson’s Watford, away to Chelsea on Sunday, hoping to improve relegation prospects

This match gives Roy Hodgson’s Watford 90 minutes to get their season back on track. Their last outing resulted in a 1-5 loss to Leicester City, with a 0-0 draw against Everton before that. Only a positive result will be good enough.

Also, with relegation a real prospect for Watford, Roy Hodgson must stop the poor run of form that has produced 12 losses in 16 matches. Their position is nineteenth in the League and they have 23 points, that is, 6W, 26L and 5D having won six meetings, drawn five fixtures, and lost 26 meetings.

Watford now travel, knowing that their current away form is woeful. So far this season they have won four fixtures, drawn three meetings, and lost 11 games matches on the road.

A win in this fixture, would take Watford’s points from 23 to 26, so far this season.

Injury and illness have depleted Roy Hodgson’s Watford and they will likely be missing nine key personnel for Sunday’s match.

Chelsea v Watford – Head-to-Head.

Regarding their historical duels Chelsea and Watford have faced each other 20 times in the past, with the balance of wins sitting in Chelsea’s favour (15 – 2). Also, Chelsea have won all fifteen of the previous 20 meetings against Watford. December 2021 was the most recent time these two clashed in this competition and The Hornets took all three points winning 1-2 away.

Performance Report

For Chelsea, Kai Havertz scoredfive goals in 33 League fixtures this campaign, while Cucho Hernandez contributed withfour goals in 37 League games this season for Watford.

Other standout players for Chelsea are Kai Havertz and Timo Werner with five goals both and for Watford are Cucho Hernandez and Joao Pedro with four goals each.