Chelsea VS Watford Semi-Finals Live Reddit Score 2 Dec 2021
Trips to Vicarage Road are back on the menu, following Watford’s return to Premier League football after a quick passage in the Championship last season. But we cannot be certain if the Hornets will be in the top division for long, as they sit awfully close to the relegation zone while showing few signs that they can rely on themselves — and not on three other, worst teams — to get out of the quagmire. Surely this should not warrant Chelsea too much confidence. As much as we “deserved” to win against Manchester United last weekend, the 1-1 draw was the humbling we needed ahead of what will be a very difficult month of several matches and little time to rest our players. We are already feeling it, with several of our players either doubtful or simply unavailable for this match.
Young Spanish manager Xisco brought Watford back from the Championship to the Premier League after taking the Hornets over in December last year. However his skills at the highest level of English football were not up to par as Watford saw themselves with two wins and a draw in seven matches to start the Premier League season. The Pozzo family is not known for patience; nor for moderation when it comes to make swift changes in management of their teams. And so they sacked Xisco with little to no hesitation, bringing Claudio Ranieri to the fold in his place in early October.
Ever since, Watford’s PL form has not really improved much, with two wins and four losses since Ranieri’s takeover. They were impressive in their wins against Everton away (5-2) and Manchester United at home (4-1). Otherwise, they are still marred by problems which will be very difficult for the veteran manager to solve using what he has in hand.
The Blues have their fair share of injured players. But perhaps no other squad in the PL has had it worse than the Hornets. Their list is at least sevenfold, with goalkeeper Ben Foster, defenders Nicolas Nkoulou and Francisco Sierralta, midfielders Ken Sema and Peter Etebo, and attackers Ismaïla Sarr and Kwadwo Baah all out of contention. They might soon be joined by midfielder Juraj Kucka and striker Emmanuel Dennis, who picked up knocks during Watford’s 4-2 defeat to Leicester City at King Power Stadium last Saturday.
After the 1-1 against Manchester United, Chelsea face Watford, the club whose 4-1 Premier League victory precipitated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure. Vicarage Road will have an interesting few days: second-placed Manchester City are the visitors on Sunday.
For the league leaders, this is one of three successive away assignments across all competitions, with a triple dip to the bottom of the alphabet of opponents’ names. The first of two journeys inside the M25 has an unusual 7.30pm kick-off, our first since 4 December 2019’s home victory against Aston Villa.
The Premier League’s top three teams all play away tonight. Manchester City travel to Steven Gerrard’s Villa and his old flame Liverpool face a Merseyside derby at Everton. December was a travel nightmare for the Blues last season, Frank Lampard’s side losing all three away league trips in the club’s first negative clean sweep in the festive month since 1991.
Leicester fans were cheering in the thousands before kickoff against Watford when revered Premier League title-winner Claudio Ranieri stepped back out onto the King Power touchline, and the home crowd would be the ones chanting and celebrating throughout the 90 minutes of action as well.
Jamie Vardy and James Maddison stole the show with multiple goal contributions as Emmanuel Dennis and Joshua King scoring nothing more than mere consolations, with Ranieri’s topsy-turvy start to life back in England continuing at his old home.
Having failed to keep the momentum going from their drubbing of Manchester United, the Hornets are down in 16th with 13 points taken from a possible 39 this term, but they are four clear of the relegation zone and cannot drop below the dotted line just yet.
Chelsea ought to be wary of what Watford can do on home soil if they have done their homework on the Hornets’ thumping of Man United, but they lost four and drew one of their five Vicarage Road fixtures before that and have already shipped 12 goals at home this term – only Newcastle United have let in more.
Before he seeks a surprise success in the Ballon d’Or, Jorginho went from zero to hero against Michael Carrick’s Man United, as a heavy touch from the Italian allowed Jadon Sancho to race clear and open the scoring at Stamford Bridge.
Nearly 20 minutes after his error, the Euro 2020 winner produced his trademark hop, skip and jump penalty to restore parity after Thiago Silva was felled by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, although that was definitely two points dropped rather than one gained for the Blues.
Tuchel’s European champions still lead the way at the top of the table with 30 points from a possible 39, but they are now only one clear of Manchester City, while Liverpool are also within touching distance and ready to pounce on any more underwhelming results.
Chelsea may have dropped points in back-to-back home matches in the top flight, but away from home is where Tuchel’s side have excelled – winning their last four league games on the road without conceding – and they are the only team in the Premier League yet to lose on rival turf this term.
Chelsea claimed a pair of 3-0 and 2-1 victories over Watford during the 2019-20 Premier League season and have won their last four against the Hornets in the top flight, but the hosts memorably thrashed Antonio Conte’s Blues 4-1 at Vicarage Road in February 2018.