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This afternoon brings the reunion of Antonio Conte and fellow Italian Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road. Chelsea will be aiming for other win after beating West Ham on Monday night and look set to name an unchanged side.

Team News

Kurt Zouma is still injured and will be missing until October, which creates a shortage at the back. Chelsea do need to bring in another centre-back although Branislav Ivanovic can fill in if need be.

Cesc Fabregas could be in contention to play a part this afternoon after not featuring against West Ham on Monday.

John Obi Mikel remains with Nigeria at the Olympics.

For Watford new signing Isaac Success is back in contention after a muscle strain and he could be involved.

Ben Watson will be missing through suspension after his red card during the club’s opening match against Southampton.

Brice Dja Djedje won’t be available to make his debut until September as he is suffering from a foot injury.

Betting

Although the bookies don’t give Watford much of a chance against Chelsea they did manage to earn themselves a point on the road at Southampton last weekend. Chelsea come into the game finding it hard to keep a clean sheet with just one in their last ten Premier League games

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Watford are 7/2 for the win, with the draw at 11/4 and Chelsea at 8/11.

Head To Head

These two sides have played each other three times at Vicarage Road in the Premier League, with both sides sharing one win apiece and drawing the other.

Watford’s victory came in September 1999 when claiming a 1-0 triumph through Allan Smart’s goal, although that is their only win over Chelsea of any sort – both home and away – in their last 15 meetings.

The Blues have only managed one goal at Vicarage Road in their three trips there in the Premier League era, meanwhile, coming courtesy of Salomon Kalou’s 90th-minute winner nine years ago.

Interesting Stats

Chelsea are used to starting quickly, as they have secured more points (54) on the opening day that any other side in Premier League history.

Etienne Capoue’s goal for Watford during their opening day draw to Southampton was his first for the club.

Possible Starting Lineups

Watford

Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos; Amrabat, Guedioura, Behrami, Capoue, Holebas; Deeney, Ighalo

Chelsea

Courtois; Azpilicueta, Terry, Cahill, Ivanovic; Kante; Oscar, Matic, Willian; Hazard; Costa

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

Venue Vicarage Road

Last season Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Referee Jon Moss

Prediction

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

I grew up watching the likes of Zola, Di Matteo and Wise in the 90's. In 2004 i founded TalkChelsea.

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