Chelsea vs Watford prediction 21/10/2017

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Chelsea return to domestic action after being held 3-3 by AS Roma in the Champions League midweek and are coming off the back of their 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace last weekend.

There have been plenty of rumours that Antonio Conte’s days at Chelsea are numbered – something that has been speculated all season.

The reigning champions certainly haven’t been themselves this season, already nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.  The whole Diego Costa situation was handled poorly, Eden Hazard started the season injured, the defence has been far short of it was this season and ultimately the results just aren’t as good.

Chelsea actually started the weekend below Saturday’s opponents Watford.  The Hornets moved up to fourth with their stoppage time win over Arsenal last weekend.

Marco Silva is a manager going to the top – his team are tactically sound and with Richarlison they have an excellent playmaker and goalscorer in attack.

There were certainly some defensively frailties on display midweek from Chelsea and they were outplayed by Crystal Palace only a week ago – a team that had lost their opening seven games to nil before beating the Blues.  All in all things don’t bode too well for Conte’s side.

Whilst Eden Hazard may finally be looking up to full match fitness, Alvaro Morata certainly didn’t on Wednesday night following his recent injury.  Chelsea don’t really have a replacement for him because Michy Batshuayi has looked far short of top four level.

I am surprised Chelsea’s odds aren’t above halves following the two team’s performances last weekend and that the West London club were in action midweek.  So I think there’s good value in laying the hosts this weekend.

Value bet: Lay Chelsea at 1.39 with Betfair

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