Chelsea will smell blood at set pieces against a shaky Watford rearguard.
Watford v Chelsea - Saturday 15:00
Chelsea had to work hard to secure their victory against West Ham, and with Watford’s new look 3-5-2 formation they’ll no doubt have another battle on their hands as the central areas will become highly congested. Watford were very physical in the first half against Southampton, who could not match their industry, but one suspects this might not be a problem for Chelsea’s more combative players, in particular new signing Kante. This could be a busy afternoon for referee Jon Moss and Diego Costa could once again hack his way into the book, or talk his way into it, as he did against West Ham.
Should Cesc Fabregas fail to make the line-up again Chelsea might lack someone with the ability and vision to find through balls in tight spaces. As a result set pieces could prove crucial in this one, with Troy Deeney 4.2 to score anytime at one end and chief flapper Heurelho Gomes continuing in goal for Watford. Chelsea’s robust defenders will smell blood at every attacking set piece and it’s worth backing Gary Cahill at 13.0, who netted four times in all competitions last term, to get on the scoresheet again here.