Chelsea v Watford Betting Tips

Publish: 23.09.2018

If you were in any doubt as to how tough life is as a manager in the Premier League you just have to look at the recent history of Chelsea and Watford.

At a time when fans and pundits are decrying the lack of loyalty in football, those two clubs have decided to embrace the madness. The ownership of Chelsea and Watford have made a conscious choice that chopping and changing managers with incredible regularity is preferable over sticking with one boss for a long time.

It’s not a popular decision but you can’t argue with the results.

Chelsea have won every major domestic and European trophy going since Roman Abramovic took over at the club despite the fact that he makes a change in manager almost every other season.

As for Watford, they’ve gone from yo-yoing between the top two divisions in English football to a solid Premier League outfit despite similarly constant changes in manager.

Marco Silva – the latest man to take charge at Vicarage Road – has had an instant impact on the team. They go into their match at Stamford Bridge two points better off than Chelsea.

Things may be rosy for Silva now but his opposite number, Antonio Conte, knows just how quickly it can all change at this level.

Just months after claiming the Premier League title in his first season in England, Conte is teetering on the edge of the exit at Chelsea. Could Silva’s Watford team put the final nail in the coffin early on Saturday afternoon?

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Hornets to Display Their Sting

Chelsea were very poor last weekend during their 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace. Conte and several of his players voiced their displeasure with the performance but they made similar mistakes on Wednesday night against Roma.

The Blues threw away a two goal lead against the Serie A side and were fairly fortunate to escape with a 3-3 draw. Conte questioned his own tactical decisions after the game but his hands are tied when it comes to making changes for the Watford match due to a growing injury list.

Chelsea’s injury concerns are so bad that Conte has even questioned whether he’ll have enough first team players to fill the bench.

That is music to the ears of Silva.

The Portuguese has developed a reputation as a master tactician and with his team full of confidence, he’ll believe his team can secure another big result. We think they can as well, given Chelsea’s problems, so take the 11/4 that Sportingbet are quoting on the draw/Watford double chance.

Watford Will Need More Than One Goal

Only Tottenham and Manchester City have a better away record in the Premier League than Watford this season. That’s very impressive but Silva is always looking for improvement and he’ll know that there is particular room for improvement in defence.

They’ve got one of the poorest defensive records in the league after eight games and will find it very tough to stop Chelsea from scoring. So, make sure to back both teams to score at evens with Betfred.

If you think that Watford will be able to outscore their defensive problems and secure all three points, take the 19/5 that Coral are quoting on Watford scoring two or more goals.

Silva certainly has several options when it comes to players scoring goals for him and Troy Deeney reminded his manager that he is one such option with his game-changing performance against Arsenal.

The club captain is a galvanising figure on the pitch and he could come up trumps again by scoring against Chelsea at 10/3 with Bet365.