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Summary

  1. Watford XI: Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos, Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue, Guedioura, Holebas, Deeney, Ighalo
  2. Chelsea XI: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Kante, Pedro, Oscar, Matic, Hazard, Diego Costa

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By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

100% start from Antonio Conte's side.

Watford had looked good for the win after Etienne Capoue's strike on 56 minutes but those substitutions changed the game.

Michy Batshuayi equalised on 80 minutes, before Diego Costa score a late winner for the second game in a row.  

Antonio Conte and Chelsea's John Terry celebrate
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Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Watford are shell shocked.

Antonio Conte's substitutions have changed the game.

As I type that Michy Batshuayi rattles the bar.

Watford 1-2 Chelsea

Costa

Cesc Fabregas dissects the Watford defence and his perfectly timed pass finds Diego Costa who charges into the box and slips it under Heurelho Gomes.  

Diego Costa
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Watford 1-1 Chelsea

 Michy Batshuayi is making an absolute nuisance of himself, he gets into the box and crosses for Branislav Ivanovic, but Heurlho Gomes is brave and saves at the feet of the Serbian.

Watford struggling to hold on here.

Watford 1-1 Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi

The Belgium scores his first Premier League goal since a £33m arrival from Marseille in the summer.

Eden Hazard shoots from distance, Heurelho Gomes gets down and saves but can only push the ball into Batshuayi's path who scores from close range, just seven minutes after coming on.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates
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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Cesc Fabrega is on for Nemanja Matic.

It's his first Premier League appearances this season, can he make a point to Antonio Conte?

He has made all three substitutions now, dice have been rolled.

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Still just the one shot on target for Chelsea in the whole match, that's despite 60 per cent possesion.

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Branislav Ivanovic forces a corner but is cleared from Watford.

Time ticking away for Chelsea.

Branislav Ivanovic
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Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Chelsea throwing everything at this now.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Oscar off, new Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi on.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Pedro off, Victor Moses on.

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

It's getting a bit more heated at Vicarage Road as Chelsea try and get an equaliser.

Miguel Britos fouls Eden Hazard on the edge of the box and earns himself a booking.

Oscar takes the free-kick but it is straight into the wall. The ball falls for him again and he lofts it into the air but Britos clears.

Oscar reacts
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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Diego Costa goes down very easily in the Watford box. He has already been booked but referee Jon Moss waves it away. Think the Spain striker is lucky there.

Diego Costa reacts
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Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Watford putting the pressure on now, they are going for a second.

N'Golo Kante fouls Troy Deeney and gives a free-kick to Watford.

Jose Holebas takes it but smacks it into the wall. Ball is held up in the box by Odion Ighalo and there are shouts of a handball but nothing in it.

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Has that goal sparked Chelsea into life?

Eden Hazard has a low shot saved and then Nemanja Matic shoots wide.

YELLOW CARD

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Diego Costa was shown a yellow card for dissent in the aftermath of that goal.

Watford 1-0 Chelsea

Capoue

Two in two for Etienne Capoue.

Adlene Guedioura's cross finds the Frenchman in the box, who is in acres of space, the Chelsea defenders are sleeping as he controls with his chest and rifles it into the top left corner.

Watfod with a thoroughly deserved lead.

Etienne Capoue
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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Oscar's early ball finds an arriving Eden Hazard in the box and he tries to go with the first-time effort on his left foot but blasts wide.

Hazard of 2014/15 would have buried that.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Bit more press from Chelsea this half. Wonder what Antonio Conte's team talk was like?

Antonio Conte
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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

The second half is now under way.

No changes at half-time.

Cesc Fabregas remains on the Chelsea bench.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Branislav Ivanovic's (2) average position for the half is the same as Pedro's (11)

That is an attacking full-back.

The problem is Jose Holebas has been finding a lot of joy down that flank, maybe Ivanovic should drop back a tad.

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Story of the half

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea have almost two-thirds possession but for all their dominance they have had one shot on target.

Watford have had the best chance with Odion Ighalo putting over from six yards out on 24 minutes.

Jose Holebas and Adlene Guedioura are causing plenty of problems on the flanks.

Watford edge the half. 

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HALF-TIME

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

One minute of injury-time.

Free-kick to Chelsea.

Eden Hazard tamely shoots and Heurelho Gomes collects easily.

Whistle goes and that's that.

At least Chelsea now have a shot on target.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Diego Costa is arguing that Adlene Guedioura played a back pass to Heurelho Gomes.

A long ball over the top comes to Nemanja Matic, who pokes to Diego Costa and Gomes comes out to stop the Spain striker. He then fumbles the ball and Guedioura does appear to help Gomes collect.

The referee waves away all the protests.

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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea have seen plenty of the ball, there is lots of nice stuff from Oscar, Pedro and Eden Hazard but the Blues are yet to have a shot on target.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

John Terry may be 35 but he does not back out of a challenge. He takes out Odion Ighalo and wins a free-kick.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Miguel Britos takes out Pedro but escapes a yellow card. Watford are hunting for the ball and when they win it Jose Holebas and Nordin Amrabat are causing lots of problems.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Eden Hazard whips in a free-kick but Heurelho Gomes flies out and punches the ball clear. Strong stuff.

Heurelho Gomes punches
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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Lovely move from Watford.

Etienne Capoue finds Jose Holebas on the left, he slides to keep the ball in and then puts a dangerous ball into the box.

The ball is loose and comes to Adlene Guedioura who blasts it into the stands. No repeat of that goal he scored against Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Adlene Guedioura
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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

At the half hour mark and it is Watford who have had the best chances.

Odion Ighalo with the clearest.

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Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Free-kick for Chelsea, near the left touchline.

Eden Hazard curls it in, Branislav Ivanovic gets his head to it, but does not get the contact he was after. Goal kick.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Big chance for Watford.

Nordin Amrabat does not give up.

He charges down the right flank and into the box and Odion Ighalo is so close to making it 1-0 Watford, he gets to the cross but sends it over the goal. 

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

It's now raining at Vicarage Road.

Antonio Conte goes for a Chelsea cagoule and baseball cap combo.

Just the one shot on target so far in the match and it was Jose Holebas' effort from earlier.

YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Troy Deeney and Gary Cahill are in the book.

Deeney on Eden Hazard and before that Cahill on Etienne Capoue.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

Oscar scuffs a shot wide, sarcastic cheers from the home crowd.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

The crowd get going as Nordin Amrabat fights off about three Chelsea players before winning a free-kick.

Watford's seem to like the tactic of pumping the ball down the flanks, maybe they have sensed a weak spot? They are getting a bit of joy against Branislav Ivanovic.

Watford 0-0 Chelsea

I tell you what Watford look very comfortable in possession and it's no surprise, they seem to have a lot of time on the ball. Not much press from the Chelsea players.