There is something rotten in the kingdom of Antonio Conte. Chelsea, the Italian coach’s team, was run over at home by Bournemouth in the twenty-fifth round of the English Premier League. Now you’ll have to get your recovery in front of Watford. This Monday, February 5, the match closes the 26th day of the 2017/2018 season of the Premier League. It will be held at Vicarage Road, Watford, starting at 6 p.m.
Watford’s recent performance
Having had a good start to the season when he even went so far as to qualify for the Champions League, Watford suffered a reality clash. Results from the end of last year and beginning of 2018 put the team in the middle of the leaderboard.
With 27 points (seven wins, six draws and 12 losses), the club occupies the eleventh position and shows a downward trend. He has not won four games, three of them (two draws and one loss) of the Premier League.
So she started to look more into the rearview mirror than the front. Southampton, who were in 18th position at the start of the 26th round of the English Premier League, are only four points down.
The fall caused the board to dismiss Portuguese coach Marco Silva. He was replaced by Spain’s Javi Gracia, who led the team in the last two matches (1-0 defeat by Southampton and goalless draw with Stoke). Both games were made as a visitor.
For his home debut, Gracia has many problems in order to set the team. Eight of the players of his lean squad are in medical treatment. They are the veteran Brazilian goalkeeper Gomes (23 games in the English Championship 2017/2018); defenders Miguel Angel Brites Cabrera (nine games, one goal), Craig Cathcart (one game, no goal), Younes Kaboul (two games, no goal) and Molla Wague (six games, one goal); and Nathaniel Chalobah (five games, no goal), Will Hughes (five games, two goals) and Kiko (15 games, no goal).
The current form of Chelsea
English Champion with Chelsea in the previous edition, at no time has coach Antonio Conte stopped complaining about the lack of reinforcements for the club for the 2017/2018 season. Criticism got even stronger in January’s transfer window, where the coach even raised complaints even against Russian Roman Abramovich. This certainly made him believe he should be dismissed at the end of the season.
Perhaps the situation could explain the club’s disaster in the twenty-fifth round of the Premier League. In the heart of Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, January 31, the blues took 3-0 to Bournemouth. Not so long ago, two seasons ago, a series of results like this provoked the downfall of José Mourinho, probably the greatest coach in the club’s history.
A sign of Conte’s lack of prestige was the fact that when the club decided to leave for hire, he did not listen to the coach’s request. He negotiated with a number of athletes who were not asked by him, offered some new options and closed the window of signings with the acquisition of French striker Olivier Giroud, who was at Arsenal.
Giroud participated in 16 matches of the current season of the Premier League by Arsenal. Made four goals. He suffered a thigh injury earlier this year, but is already recovered. So he should be promoted to start this Monday.
Even because the Spaniard Alvaro Morata (20 games in the 2017/2018 English Championship, ten goals) follows the care of the medical department. A back injury got him out of the last three games. He has yet to pass a new examination to determine if he can take action against Watford. If you receive the green light, you will probably be listed as a starter. In this case, Giroud’s presence becomes doubtful. But the possibility of acting together is not ruled out.
After all, Chelsea lost the third place in the Premier League in the last round. With 50 points (15 wins, five draws and five losses), he fell to fourth place, within the limit of the European Champions League qualifying zone.
Three other athletes are also in the infirmary and will hardly be released to act against Watford. They are defenders Andreas Christensen (19 games, no goal) and David Luiz (nine games, one goal) and midfielder Willian (24 games, four goals).
History of the bouts between Watford and Chelsea
Watford managed to defeat Chelsea in their first match in 1999. They have never won since. In the period, there were 13 clashes with ten blue wins and three draws. In the first round of the current season at Stamford Bridge, the win was 4-2.
Certainly Chelsea’s problems go beyond four lines. Nothing justifies the fact that a team that has one of the best defenses of the Premier League suffer three goals at home against Bournemouth. This increases the degree of uncertainty regarding the players’ behavior.
After dismissing Diego Costa for not liking his attitudes last season, Conte entered a collision course with other athletes, including Brazilians David Luiz and William in 2017/2018. It is not known to what extent Conte’s explosive manner is contaminating the rest of the cast.
This opens the door to a slightly higher risk guess in this Monday’s match. Watford’s win has a price of 5.75 on Bet365. Draw paid 4.00 and hit visitor yields 1.57 per 1. Quotes were in effect at 17:05 on 1/2/2018.