Match date: 26 Dec 2015
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Premier League
| Stake: 6/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
2-2 - Lost
Chelsea is in really bad form in this campaign, they seems more like a team who's struggling to keep their Premier status than team who's defending a title. They will now host Watford in 18th round of Premier league and must go for a victory. In previous round they celebrated over Suderland at home and finally showed good performances while before that suffered defeat against current league leaders Leicester. Coach Jose Mourinho left the club and was replaced with Guus Hidink, he now have a hard task to achieve good results in this campaign since Chelsea is now at 15th position at the table with 20 points less than first placed team. So far they suffered 9 defeats, got three draws and achieved five victories and now must try to improve their form and show really good performances to reach higher positions. Chelsea scored only 21 goal so far while conceded 27 and that tells enough about their shape. In Champions league they showed decent performances and managed to reach knockout phase as 1st placed team in group G, while in Capital One Cup were eliminated in 1/8 finals by Stoke after penalties. Chelsea must find consistency in their game, they have great team and for sure are able to achieve great results. As for absent players forward Falcao is in doubt due to his fitness problems while attacking midfielder Eden Hazard is also in doubt since he was injured in match against Leicester.
Watford on the other side occupies decent 7th position at the table and they can be more than satisfied with their results. They achieved great results in previous season and as 2nd placed team in Championship won direct promotion in Premier league and unlike most of newly promoted sides they are at upper part of the table. They are coming here with boosted morale after convincing victory in previous round over Liverpool at home 3:0 and that was their 4th victory in a row. Watford had a slow start but they improved their form and now seems very confident, but it will be very hard to achieve positive outcome against strong Chelsea despite that they are not in best shape. They suffered defeat in every of last six matches against Chelsea and it will be very hard to set up different outcome now. They were also eliminated from Capital One Cup in 1/32 finals by lower ranked Preston and now are fully focused on league. If they continue with good results for sure will achieve good results in this campaign, but now must show really outstanding performances to at least avoid defeat here. Defenders Tommy Hoban and Joel Ekstrand will miss this match due to injuries, defender Nathan Ake is ineligible while defender Sebastian Prodl and defensive midfielder Valon Behrami are in doubt for this match due to minor injuries.
Chelsea is favorite here and must go for a victory, they were in pretty bad shape but with victory in previous round they showed improving of their form and for sure are more than capable to achieve good result here, while Watford as newcomers in Premier league can be satisfied with their 7th position but now must play on very high level to avoid defeat, and I believe that Chelsea will achieve convincing victory in front of their fans.