MX23RW : Thursday, February 21 23:01:09
Feb 5, 2018 at 8pm UK at ​Vicarage Road
Attendance: 20,157
Deeney (42' pen.), Janmaat (84'), Deulofeu (88'), Pereyra (91')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Hazard (82')
Bakayoko (30')

Result: Ten-man Chelsea suffer heavy defeat at Watford

Champions Chelsea lose 4-1 away to Watford in the Premier League as the pressure on manager Antonio Conte continues to grow.

Watford have ended a 13-match winless run against Chelsea by coming out on top 4-1 against their 10-man opponents in this evening's clash at Vicarage Road.

The Hornets were a goal and a man to the good before Eden Hazard levelled things up late on, but they regained their lead two minutes later through star man Gerard Deulofeu and then added two more goals.

A second heavy defeat in the space of a week for the defending champions, with the other also coming by a three-goal margin at home to Bournemouth, leaves manager Antonio Conte under real pressure as his men are stuck on two wins from 10 in 2018.

Willian of Chelsea shoots over the crossbar in the Premier League game against Watford on February 5, 2018© Offside

Watford made two changes from their last outing and the shift to a three-man defence appeared to catch Chelsea out, as the Hornets dominated the first-half proceedings prior to opening the scoring.

Top scorer Abdoulaye Doucoure dragged a shot wide and the lively Deulofeu picked out the side-netting in the early stages of his first home outing for the club.

Troy Deeney of Watford scores a goal from the penalty spot against Chelsea on February 5, 2018© Offside

Chances then came and went at either end in quick succession, with Troy Deeney getting his close-range volley all wrong when left unmarked from a corner, before Willian blasted high and wide from a promising position.

Then came a key moment in the game with half an hour played, as referee Mike Dean showed a second yellow card to Tiemoue Bakayoko - five minutes after his first - following a slightly late challenge on Richarlison.

Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea is shown a second yellow card for this foul on Richarlison of Watford on February 5, 2018© Offside

Willian, clearly not fully fit after being rushed back from injury, was sacrificed following Bakayoko's dismissal in place of Cesc Fabregas.

The change in personnel did not help change the flow of the game, though, and Watford - with the worst home record in the league prior to tonight - had a deserved lead before the interval.

Deulofeu used his pace to latch on to a through-ball and was brought down by Thibaut Courtois, allowing Deeney to convert the penalty to the stationary Belgian's right.

Referee Mike Dean sends off Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea in the game against Watford on February 5, 2018© Offside

Watford have dropped 16 points from winning positions this season, however, the most of any side in the division, and they failed to truly push on in the early stages of the second half.

Richarlison and Deulofeu looked to get some momentum going as the hour mark approach, each sending caressed shots narrowly wide of Courtois's goal.

Olivier Giroud was summoned with 25 minutes of the contest to play for his Chelsea debut, but even with his presence up top the home side were looking the more lively in the attacking third for large parts.

Troy Deeney of Watford scores a goal from the penalty spot against Chelsea on February 5, 2018© Offside

A big stop from Courtois denied Doucoure an eighth league goal of the campaign, while Jose Holebas was also kept out by the Chelsea keeper, and that looked to prove a pivotal moment in the match.

Watford were punished from dropping too deep as Hazard, moments after seeing teammate Fabregas denied after teeing him up, curled a sensational shot past Orestis Karnezis from more than 20 yards.

The division's joint-second best defensive unit would ship three goals in an incredible finale, though, taking the tally of goals scored in this fixture to 18 in three matches.

Gerard Deulofeu of Watford in action with Tiemoue Bakayoko of Chelsea on February 5, 2018© Offside

Daryl Janmaat exchanged passes with substitute Roberto Pereyra and tucked the ball past Courtois for his side's second of the night, before Deulofeu bagged the goal his performance deserved by leading and finishing off a swift counter.

Pereyra rounded off the scoring in added time by delaying his shot and then smashing the ball past Courtois into the far side of the net, leaving opposition boss Conte with yet more questions to answer.

WATFORD (3-4-3): Karnezis; Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas; Janmaat, Doucoure, Capoue, Zeegelaar; Deulofeu (Carrillo 89'), Deeney (Gray 93'), Richarlison (Pereyra 65')

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Zappacosta; Willian (Fabregas 34'), Hazard, Pedro (Giroud 64')

Share this article now:
Richarlison in action during the Premier League game between Southampton and Watford on September 9, 2017
Read Next:
Richarlison: 'Willian gives me advice'

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account