Chelsea v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips & Previews
May 11, 2017
Monday 15 May – Premier League – Stamford Bridge
There’s every chance of this game being party time for Chelsea, when Watford visit Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Antonio Conte’s side have the chance to wrap up the Premier League title on Friday, giving their fans a weekend of celebrations to enjoy.
Watford haven’t beaten Chelsea in almost 18 years, although the Hornets haven’t been Premier League regulars in this time. The Blues were 2-1 winners at Vicarage Road earlier this campaign thanks to a late Diego Costa winner. The Hornets did claim a point at Stamford Bridge last season though, which would guarantee Premier League football next season.
N’Golo Kante is expected to be fit for Chelsea’s game against West Brom on Friday, but should return against Watford if not. The PFA and Football Writers Association player of the year has had a thigh strain, and the Blues will hope he’s fully fit for their pursuit of a league and FA Cup double.
Watford’s injury problems continue, although Jose Holebas and Miguel Britos could be available for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Walter Mazzarri might be able to call on defender Craig Cathcart after a knee injury. The Northern Irishman hasn’t featured for the Hornets since their defeat at White Hart Lane in early April.
Chelsea v Watford Preview and Predictions
While most of the attention will be on Chelsea’s title-winning campaign, Watford still have a lot to play for. Although the champagne’s likely to be flowing for the hosts, the Hornets still have some work to do. Mazzarri’s side are a single point from securing their Premier League safety, but have tough remaining fixtures.
Despite already having 40 points, Hull can still catch Watford if they win their last two games. Lose heavily at Everton on Friday and then against Chelsea, and the last day of the season could be a seriously nervy occasion at Vicarage Road – especially with Manchester City the visitors. If you think Watford could take advantage of a relaxed Stamford Bridge atmosphere and secure a shock win, the odds are a massive 20/1.
There’s a reason Chelsea are such heavy favourites in the betting. The Blues have been scintillatingly brilliant and efficiently ruthless in equal measures for the majority of the season. Although Tottenham’s late rally was entertaining, there was never any real danger of Conte’s men letting it slip. They start this one at 1/5, while the draw’s available at 7/1.
Chelsea to win 3-0 at 7/1
Back Chelsea to win their third consecutive game 3-0 and significantly enhance the short odds on a home win.
2-2 draw at 40/1
With Chelsea in celebratory mood and an FA Cup final to prepare for, and Watford looking to make sure of their Premier League status, this is a great price for the Hornets to repeat the result they got at Stamford Bridge last season.