Watford are currently flying high in the Premier League. They are looking in fine form and their resolute performance has been the surprising element of this season.
The Hornets tamed Arsenal in the last match thanks to a last-gasp winner from Tom Cleverley and will be hoping for the same result when they visit the West London outfit, Chelsea. The Blues’ recent run of form hasn’t been that good and the Hornets will be looking to capitalise on that.
The defending champions were shocked by a struggling Crystal Palace in the last match and will be determined to bounce back. Watford had been miserable last season as they barely had anything to play for.
But Silva’s arrival changed the equation and they have now put themselves in a very good position to try and take a leap on the points table.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Watford Starting Lineup Against Chelsea
Watford conceded a whopping 68 goals last season but this time they have been pretty solid at the back and Heurelho Gomes is partly responsible for this. The 36-year-old has put in some brilliant performances in the goal and needs to put a strong display against a threatening Chelsea attack.
Christian Kabasele and Adrian Marippa have been very reliable in the back and they will be put under severe test from Chelsea. Kiko Femenia has strengthened the right back section since his arrival and will start this match.
Jose Holebas will be on the left side.
To deal with a team like Chelsea, Silva’s troops has to be very crisp in the middle of the pitch. Étienne Capoue is likely to be in the holding midfield role as his side’s game is expected to revolve around him.
Abdoulaye Doucouré needs to press from the middle of the pitch in a bid to make up something from this match.
The Hornets splashed money to reorganise their attack and the result has been very pleasing. The likes of Richarlison and Andre Gray have come up with their own contribution which has lifted the side.
Richarlison has been the stand out performer for the Hornets and would like to continue his progress from the left flank. Tom Cleverley has emerged as a completely different player and will be waiting for his chance in the no. 10 position.
Andre Carrillo will take his position on the right-hand side. Andre Gray will offer the much-needed pace and is likely to be the sole hitman upfront. Here is how they might line up: