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Watford vs Chelsea PREVIEW

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The English Premier League, December 01, Kick-off 19:30 GMT

Watford vs Chelsea PREVIEW STATS

MANAGER(S) STATS

Claudio Ranieri’s six Premier League games in charge of Watford have so far seen 25 goals scored (11 for, 14 against), the most in a manager’s first six games in charge of a club since Frank Lampard at Chelsea (also 25).

Managers who have previously taken charge of Chelsea in the Premier League have won just six of their 37 games in the competition against the Blues (D8 L23). Watford boss Claudio Ranieri did so with Leicester in December 2015, and he could become the first former Chelsea manager to beat them with two different clubs in the competition.

WATFORD STATS

Since a goalless draw in February 2016, there has been 33 goals scored in eight Premier League games between Watford (12 goals) and Chelsea (21), at an average of 4.1 per game.

Watford have lost seven of their last eight Premier League meetings with Chelsea, winning the other 4-1 in February 2018. The Hornets have conceded 21 goals in these eight games (2.6 per game).

Watford haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 23 Premier League matches, the longest current run of any team, and have shipped 45 goals in these games since a 3-0 win over Liverpool in February 2020.

Watford won their last Premier League game on a Wednesday, beating Wolves 2-1 in January 2020. The Hornets had never previously won a Premier League match on this day before that (D4 L12).

CHELSEA STATS

Chelsea have won their last four Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 10-0. They last won more consecutively on the road without conceding in the competition between September and December 2008, a run of six under Felipe Scolari.

Chelsea have won their last two away league games against Watford, but have never won three in a row at Vicarage Road before.

Chelsea haven’t won any of their last five Premier League games played on a Wednesday (D2 L3). The Blues last had a longer winless run on a specific weekday between November 2010 and February 2011 (6 games on Sundays).

TOP PLAYER(S) STATS

Jorginho has scored 15 Premier League goals for Chelsea, with 13 of those coming from the penalty spot – that ratio of 87% of his goals coming from penalties is the highest in Premier League history of any player to have scored at least 10 goals in the competition.

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