Watford’s winless run in the Premier League (PL) currently stands at 14 games (D6, L8) with five of the last six losses in that group seeing them lose by a margin of over 1.5 goals and concede a penalty goal or own-goal.
Within Watford’s winless league run is a sequence of D4, L5, at home, with four of those five defeats seeing the ‘Hornets’ lose the first half ‘to-nil’. Furthermore, Watford recovered just two points out of a possible 15 from the five games within that sequence to see the trail at the break.
Each of Chelsea’s five PL away games this season have produced over 3.5 total goals (W4, L1), with all of the wins producing over 4.5! Three of those victories saw the first half alone produce three or more total goals.
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The ‘Blues’ can also be quick starters when traveling, with three-quarters of Chelsea’s away wins this term seeing them open the scoring inside the first 30 minutes. Most importantly though, Chelsea has won the last eight PL away matches to see them open the scoring.
Players to watch: Watford midfielder Roberto Pereyra’s two prior PL home goals vs Chelsea both arrived in stoppage-time of one half.
A Christian Pulisic hat-trick at Turf Moor (Oct 26) helped Chelsea score 4+ times for the third PL road trip in succession. Oct/Nov 2004 is the last time any Chelsea team achieved this feat!
Stat attack: Watford has averaged a paltry 0.2 goals across their last five league outings.
The last three H2Hs at Vicarage Road have each seen one half won either way by a one-goal margin.
Chelsea’s last three PL away games have seen them win the first half by a margin of 2+ goals.
The ‘Blues’ are yet to concede a single goal in the 31st-60th minute period of any PL road trip this season.
Will not play
(Achilles Tendon Injury)
van Ginkel M.
Referee: Taylor A. (Eng),
Venue: Vicarage Road (Watford)
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