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Watford v Chelsea Betting Preview: Blues to take the sting out of the Hornets

posted by David Nugent
Watford v Chelsea Betting Preview: Blues to take the sting out of the Hornets

Two in-form teams clash at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night, as Watford host Chelsea in a London derby.

Watford v Chelsea

Premier League

Kick-off 7:45 3rd February 2016

Live on BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD / BT Sport Ultra HD

The Hornets have claimed consecutive Premier League wins, after a four consecutive top-flight defeats. Watford seems to have rediscovered their good form and will be hoping for a hat-trick of wins in this difficult clash.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have lost give out of their last six meeting with Chelsea, but are available at odds of 17/5 with BetVictor to claim a win against the Blues.

Nigerian international Odion Ighalo has been superb this season and has scored 16 goals in competitions this season. The striker looks good value for first goalscorer at odds of 13/2 with William Hill.

The reigning Premier League champions are starting to look more like the Blues of last season, after going seven games unbeaten in the top-flight. A 1-0 win at Arsenal in their last league game was followed up by a 5-1 FA Cup hammering of MK Dons on Saturday.

The Blues have started to rediscover the defensive solidity of last season, having kept clean sheets in their last three games on their travels in the Premier League. The aforementioned good record against the Hornets is coupled with the fact that the Blues have scored two or more goals against their London rivals in eight of the last nine meetings in all competitions.

Chelsea have been drawing too many games this season, but are odds of evens with William Hill to come out on top in this clash. Spanish international striker Diego Costa has found form in recent weeks, scoring three times and producing two assists in his last four appearances.

The striker’s odds of 4/1 with Bet365 to be first goalscorer in this clash looks like a tempting bet considering his recent form.

This game looks like it could be a high-scoring encounter. Chelsea are scoring once again and Watford have struggled to keep clean sheets in the Premier League in recent games.

Big Tip

My big tip of the day is for a Chelsea victory and over 2.5 goals to be scored available at odds of 12/5 with Paddy Power.

 

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