Chelsea traveled to Vicarage Road as they took Watford in their second premier league game of the season and it was expected to be a tough game against a team who were unbeaten against Chelsea last season. Conte started with a attacking lineup and Chelsea player good football in opening exchanges but it was Watford who looked dangerous at the counter attacks and upfront with physical strength of Ighalo and Deeney. Watford finally took the lead in 55th mintue when Etienne Capoue scored to make it 1-0 for home side.
Watford 1-2 Chelsea Highlights
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55′ 1 – 0 Etienne Capoue scored just after the break to make it 1-0 for Watford
80′ 1 – 1 Michy Batshuayi equalized with 10 minutes to go.
87′ 1 – 2 Diego Costa scores the winner in second straight game for Chelsea.
Antonio Conte Post Match Interview:
New manager Antonio Conte started his Chelsea reign with a important three points against West Ham on the opening weekend and its clear he wants his team to play a certain way from the word go. Chelsea might need some time to adapt to Italian’s philosophy but if comes together, Chelsea might well be a force to reckon with this season.
Watford earned a respectable 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend, A game where they played most of the second half with just 10 men. Etienne Capoue scored the early goal but Watford were unable to hold on to their lead. Now playing at home against a team they caused so much trouble last season, Watford fans will be optimistic of their teams chances.
Last season Chelsea found it extremely hard to break down this Watford side as both league games finished draws. Watford enjoyed a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge while a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road ensured their safety. Chelsea however hammered them in FA Cup tie when they ran out 3-0 winners.
Chelsea vs Watford Preview & Team News: Walter Mazzarri will be able to pick his strongest lineup as Watford has no fresh injury worries. Which means Ighalo and Deeney are set to start upfront while Abdi and Jurado will have attacking midfield roles.
Chelsea on the other hand are likely to start with Eden Hazard in midfield while Diego Costa, Willian and Oscar are set to start in attacking roles. Matic and Fabregas will play in deep midfield roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Predictions: I expect Chelsea to build on their opening day win. Diego Costa is their likely source of goal and he will be confident after scoring important winning goal against West Ham. Watford has Deeney and Ighalo who can cause trouble for any defense. I am going with a 2-1 win for Chelsea in this one.