Full time: Chelsea 4-2 Watford

  • Pedro opens the scoring on 12 minutes with curling strike.
  • Abdoulaye Doucouré levels in the second minute of first half stoppage time.
  • Roberto Pereyra puts Watford ahead after the break.
  • Substitute Michy Batshuayi equalises with fine header.
  • Cesar Azpilicueta nods home on 87 minutes.
  • Batshuayi knocks in second in added time.
  • Chelsea yet to win in October after defeat to Crystal Palace and draw with Roma.
  • Watford beat Arsenal in first game after the international break.
  • Nathaniel Chalobah will not face former club having undergone knee surgery.
  • The Hornets have not won at Stamford Bridge since 1986.
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Full-time: Chelsea 4-2 Watford

A fine way to kick-off this Premier League weekend. Chelsea grind out the win after substitutes Michy Batshuayi and Willian star in a second half comeback.

Watford led 2-1 and should have extended their lead but a series of missed chances came back to haunt them.

Cesar Azpilicueta was the unlikely hero, alongside Batshuayi's double, to deny the Hornets, who lose at home for the first time. Antonio Conte breathes a huge sigh of relief meanwhile with his job seemingly hanging by a thread.


GOAL! Chelsea 4-2 Watford (Michy Batshuayi)

Perhaps an unfair reflection on the game but Chelsea flex their potency once again as Britos gives the ball away in his own half and the ball bounces to Batshuayi, who slides home.


Five added minutes at Stamford Bridge. Can Chelsea hold on?


GOAL! Chelsea 3-2 Watford (Cesar Azpilicueta)

Chelsea have dominated since drawing level and they have what could be the winner. Willian's stinging cross evades Batshuayi but Azpilicueta comes in at the back post and head beyond Gomes. Late drama at the Bridge.


Chance for Batshuayi as we enter the final 10 minutes. The Belgian receives the ball on the edge of the Watford box, turns on a sixpence and ramps the ball goalwards but it goes just over the top.


Watford have spurned yet another opportunity as Holebas escapes round the back after a free-kick, but his header is straight at Courtois.


GOAL! Chelsea 2-2 Watford (Michy Batshuayi)

Crucial goal for Chelsea and their underfire striker Michy Batshuayi. Azpilicueta crosses and Batshuayi shapes his header across Gomes and finds the top corner.


Fabregas crosses from the left but it is overhit and it runs out of play for a goal-kick. That has summed up Chelsea's display in this second half.

Willian on for Marcos Alonso with a quarter of the game remaining.


The injured Roberto Pereyra is off and Andre Carrillo is on for Watford. Chelsea make a mess of clearing a corner and the crowd are noticeably concerned, displaying their displeasure at a display which has struggled to match the heights of the early goal.


Michy Batshuayi on for Alvaro Morata after an hour. Real trust emplaced in him by Antonio Conte.


And we know what happened next.



It really should be three as Richarlison finds himself unmarked five yards out but he plants his header wide. Another awful miss.


GOAL! Chelsea 1-2 Watford (Roberto Pereyra)

But the Hornets do have the lead now as they cut Chelsea apart. Richarlison makes amends for his earlier miss but laying the ball on a plate for Pereyra, who slots the ball beyond Courtois. The Blues were blown apart there.


WHAT A MISS! Watford should be ahead as Richarlison gets in behind Alonso but from Femenia's cross somehow slides the ball wide. Unbelievable miss.


Watford almost give Chelsea their lead back straight away as Kabasele almost puts through his own net, but the ball lands on the top of the net.


Back under way at Stamford Bridge. Interesting 45 minutes away.


Half-time: Chelsea 1-1 Watford

A fitting way to end an entertaining half at Stamford Bridge. Goals at either end of the half from Pedro and then Doucoure sees the scores level, with Chelsea have given up a lead once again. Intriguing second half ahead.


GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Watford (Abdoulaye Doucouré)

What an end to the half for the visitors. A long throw from Holebas isn't dealt with and Doucoure gets his feet sorted out to batter the ball past Courtois at the near post. Watford fully deserve their equaliser.


Approaching half time at Stamford Bridge. Will we see a goal before the break?


Gomes turns away Fabregas' effort from range. Real end-to-end game this half-chances for both sides. Chelsea you feel have slightly more firepower at their disposal.



Richarlison has been rather elusive from a Chelsea perspective so far and he curls goalwards, only for the ball to go straight to Courtois. Another effort on goal for Watford though.