Match Preview : Watford v Chelsea

Walter Mazzarri and Antonio Conte will resume their rivalry when Watford face Chelsea at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The pair clashed on several occasions when they were managing in Italy, with Conte apparently annoyed with implied suggestions that he had copied Mazzarri’s formation.

However, speaking ahead of this weekend’s fixture, Conte said there is no feud between the pair.

“The relationship is very normal and I have great respect for him and his work. I think he is a great manager and I will shake his hand, no problem,” said the Chelsea boss. Naija and Bet

Conte and Mazzarri met seven times in Serie A as managers, with Mazzari only coming out on top once.

While Conte started his Chelsea career with a 2-1 win over West Ham on Monday, Mazzarri’s Watford drew 1-1 at Southampton.

The Hornets are set to strengthen their squad, though, with the signings ofRoberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul.

Team news

Watford club-record signing Isaac Success will be assessed after only returning to training on Wednesday from a hamstring injury that kept him out of the draw with Southampton.

Brice Dja Djedje is a doubt with a foot injury and Ben Watson is suspended after he was sent off on the opening day.

Chelsea have no fresh injury concerns but Juan Cuadrado could be omitted from the squad again despite training on Friday, with Juventus still attempting to force a transfer for the Colombia forward.

Kurt Zouma remains sidelined with long-term knee trouble.

Opta stats

Watford have met Chelsea three times at Vicarage Road in the Premier League (W1 D1 L1), with their only win coming back in September 1999, 1-0 with a goal from Allan Smart.

The only Chelsea player to score in their three Premier League trips to Vicarage Road was Salomon Kalou; who hit a 90th minute winner in March 2007.

Antonio Conte has lost just one of his last 31 league games as a club manager (W28 D2).

Following his winner versus West Ham United on Monday, Diego Costa has scored six goals in eight Premier League appearances for Chelsea in the month of August.

Eden Hazard has scored five goals in his last six Premier League appearances – this after failing to find the net in his 29 league appearances before that.

Troy Deeney has been involved in six of Watford’s last seven Premier League goals (four goals, two assists).

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Watford has 5.76 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Chelsea has 1.58 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 3.79

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