Premier League

  • Diego Costa 32’
  • Diego Costa 65’
  • 56’ O. Ighalo
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2 Full Time 2
1 Half Time 1
Premier League
Stamford Bridge
Attendance 41,630


    • KICK OFF
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      Well, that's all from me from Stamford Bridge, where it has finished Chelsea 2-2 Watford. Both sides deserved at least a point from today's encounter, though Flores will no doubt be the happier of the two managers, with his side having extended their unbeaten streak to five Premier League fixtures.
    • 0'
      Next up for Chelsea are out-of-sorts Manchester United on Monday evening, while Watford's festive programme continues with a home clash against Tottenham.
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      FULL-TIME! That's it from Stamford Bridge, as Andre Marriner brings an enthralling Boxing Day contest to an end, with each side claiming a deserved shar of the spoils. Costa had put the hosts ahead with a well-taken volley midway through the first half, but Deeney's penalty levelled proceedings befo
    • 0'
      As expected, Watford have been more than value in that first half, and Hiddink will be under no illusions as to the size of the task he has taken on at Chelsea. Despite controlling the early stages, their opening goal did come in rather fortunate fashion, and they have found it difficult to breakdow
    • 0'
      Well what a climax to the first half that was! Costa put the hosts ahead with a well-taken goal just after the half-hour mark, but that strike was quickly cancelled out by Deeney's penalty - which came courtesy of a bizarre handball by Matic. The visitors deserve to be level, at least, at the interv
    • 0'
      It is fair to say that, while Hiddink is extremely popular with the Chelsea support, the Stamford Bridge faithful are still more than a little torn regarding the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Two of the players who came under much criticism during the last weeks of the Portuguese's tenure are Cesc Fabre
    • 0'
      It really has been a torrid season so far for the hosts, with that win against Sunderland just their second from their previous eight Premier League fixtures, while, at the opposite end of the spectrum, Watford are searching for a fifth-successive win in the top flight today. The last meeting betwee
    • 0'
      While Hazard may have been one of the first names on the team sheet last term, Hiddink has not chosen to throw the playmaker straight back into action today, and understandably so. The 24-year-old has come under a lot of criticism from both Chelsea supporters and football pundits alike, and he is ye
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS - Watford Substitutes: Prodl, Behrami, Guedioura, Berghuis, Anya, Diamanti, Arlauskis.
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      TEAM NEWS - Watford (4-4-2): Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Holebas; Abdi, Watson, Capoue, Jurado; Ighalo, Deeney.
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      TEAM NEWS - Chelsea Substitutes: Begovic, Zouma, Baba, Ramires, Hazard, Mikel, Remy.
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      TEAM NEWS - Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.
    • 0'
      The teams are in at Stamford Bridge, with both sides fielding line ups with just one change a-piece. For Chelsea, Gary Cahill returns to partner John Terry in defence, with Kurt Zouma dropping to the bench. Hiddink is also able to welcome Eden Hazard back to the fold after the Belgium winger recover
    • 0'
      However, Quique Sanchez Flores’ high-flying Watford present no easy challenge. They sit in seventh place heading into today’s clash - 10 points and eight places above Chelsea - and have already matched their previous points tally in a Premier League campaign. Their fine form is in no small part down
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      Hiddink - who lost just once during his previous 22 games in charge of Chelsea as interim manager back in 2009 - took charge of the first team squad this week, and will be looking to build on the 3-1 victory over Sunderland last weekend. The hosts today have won seven of their last eight meetings wi
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      Hello and welcome to this LIVE text commentary of this festive Premier League clash between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge, as Guus Hiddink looks to begin his second spell at the Blues with a much-needed win. Stick right here for all the action as it happens!
    • 1'
      KICK-OFF! Watford, donning an all-black away strip, get the game under way, attacking from left to right in the first half.
    • 3'
      It's been a cautious start from Chelsea, who will know the threat that Watford can cause early on - with Flroes' men having taken an early lead against Liverpool last weekend before proving themselves to be more than capable on the counter-attack.
    • 4'
      CHANCE! Oscar's flick is intercepted by Watson, who tries to feed Holebas - starting his first game since the defeat to Manchester City back in August. However, the Greece full-back loses out to Ivanovic. Chelsea counter through Willian, who delivers a cross to the near post, but Costa is unable to
    • 6'
      Smart link up play down the left almost sees Pedro set free on goal by Oscar, but Capoue intervenes. The hosts maintain the pressure, though, with Willian taking on Jurado on the right flank. Possession is eventually worked back to Ivanovic on the edge of the area, but his strike is blocked.
    • 8'
      The atmosphere within Stamford Bridge is noteably lighter than it has been in recent weeks, with the fans responding to this high-tempo start from the hosts. Fabregas clips a neat pass into Ivanovic, who squares it to Willian, but his effort is deflected wide for a corner.
    • 10'
      Chelsea apply more pressure with a series of well-taken corners, but Watford hold their lines and eventually manage to break out through Jurado, who is scythed down by Oscar, providing the visitors with a brief restbite.
    • 13'
      Despite Chelsea's early domincance, they have so far failed to forge any clean-cut opportunities. Watford are on a run of three-straight clean-sheets, and from the early stages here it is evident why.
    • 15'
      Superb play from Willian down the right as he slides a throughball into the path of Ivanovic, but the full-back is unable to beat the frist man with his low cross. Watford move upfield from the resulting counter, with Deeney flicking it into the path of Ighalo. The Nigerian tussles with Cahill befor
    • 17'
      The visitors are getting a bit more of a foothold in the game, now, and a patient move sees Holebas whipping a terrific cross in from the left, which Cahill does well to toe-poke away for a corner, which Watson will deliver...
    • 18'
      CHANCE! The former wigan midfielder curls in a delightful cross which Courtois can only parry out. as far as Nyom. He finds Jurado who goes for goal with a first time effort which is deflected into the path of Ighalo. The flag stays down, but the Watford forward cannot manage to turn his strike into
    • 20'
      Superb goalkeeping from Gomes as he rushes out to deny Costa latching onto Fabregas' pass. Watford race up the other end, with Ighalo again the target. He jinks his way into the area before squaring up Terry and jinking it around the Chelsea skipper, but his final touch is just too heavy and Courtoi
    • 23'
      Fabregas attempts to thread a long pass through to Costa, but again, Capoue is well-positioned to prevent the ball finding its target. Watford work it wide to Holebas, who once more delivers a dangerous cross into the area, which Azpilicueta turns wide for a corner. Watson whips in a flat delivery,
    • 25'
      Watford are really coming into their own now, playing quick, incisive football. Jurado plays in Nyom down the right, but the full-backs cross is cut out by Terry. Can Chelsea re-establish their dominance in this match?
    • 27'
      Another half-chance for the visitors, as Jurado eases past Ivanovic before drilling in a low cross to Ighalo on the cusp of Chelsea's box, but the striker's prodded-effort is blocked by Watford captain Troy Deeney. Worrying signs for Hiddink...
    • 28'
      High and wide! Chelsea concede possession in sloppy fashion deep in their own half. The ball sits up perfectly for Abdi to strike it from distance, but his resulting effort is way off target. The chances are certainly coming for the visitors, though.
    • 30'
      Slack from Pedro, who is caught offside after latching onto a superb raking pass from Matic. The former Barcelona winger has failed to shine so far this afternoon, though the same can be said for many of his teammates.
    • 32'
      G Diego Costa Assist G. Cahill
    • 32'
      It was a rather fortuitous assist from Gary Cahill, who deflected John Terry's header into the path of Costa - the Brazilian-born Spain international making no mistake with the finish.
    • 32'
      GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!! COSTA PUTS CHELSEA AHEAD! Willian puts in another looping cross which Terry rises highest to meet. His header squirms off of Cahill and falls to the aforementioned Costa, who - on the turn - fires a venomous volley into the left-corner.
    • 32'
      Good defending once again from Cahill, who is on hand to deny Ighalo getting on the end of Holebas' early cross. Chelsea burst upfield, with Costa beating the offside trap down the right - his eventual cross deflecting away for a corner.
    • 35'
      All of Watford’s wins this season have come when they have scored the first goal. They have only picked up one point from a losing position this season - when they came behind to draw against Bournemouth. However, Flores’ side can consider themselves unlucky to be a goal down here.
    • 38'
      Another sweeping move from Chelsea, with the confidence appearing to be flooding back into their players following that goal - which is just a fourth of the season for Costa. Willian delivers another precise corner, but this time Gomes is able to parry it away from danger.
    • 39'
      CLOSE! Superb work from Ivanovic, who drives forward before teeing up Oscar. The playmaker goes for goal with a driven strike to the near post, but it sails just wide.
    • 40'
      A free-kick now at the other end, after Cahill is deemed to have fouled Ighalo. Jurado curls an effort towards the near post, but it takes a knick off of Willian and goes out for a corner...
    • 41'
      PENALTY TO WATFORD!!! Watson puts in an out-swinging corner. Matic meets it, but instead of heading it clear, the Serbia midfielder allows the ball to hit his arm, and Andre Marriner wastes no time in awarding the visitors the spot-kick.
    • 42'
      GOOOOOOAAAAALLLL! DEENEY CONVERTS! The Watford skipper steps up and sends Courtois the wrong way with a thumping penalty. Chelsea 1-1 Watford, and it is no less than the visitors deserve!
    • 44'
      A final chance of the half for Chelsea, now, as they are awarded a free-kick on the edge of Watford’s area after Britos - who picks up a yellow card for his troubles - fouls Oscar. Willian will be the one to take it…
    • 45'
      HALF-TIME! Dreadful effort! Willian attempts to curl an effort up and over the wall, but he misscue's his strike and it sails well wide. Gomes takes the resulting free-kick, and referee Marriner duly brings the first half to a close.
    • 46'
      SI J. Obi Mikel SO G. Cahill
    • 46'
      SECOND-HALF! Chelsea get the game back under way at Stamford Bridge.
    • 46'
      A change for Chelsea, then, as Hiddink introduces John Obi Mikel in place of Cesc Fabregas.
    • 48'
      SOLID DEFENDING! Willian drives down the right before drilling a low cross across the face of goal, but Holebas is on hand to claw the ball way from danger with a hooked clearance.
    • 49'
      A second booking of the game for a Watford player now, as Cathcart goes into the book for a cynical foul on Costa. Chelsea go short from the free-kick, working it to Ivanovic who powers into the area, but Britos halts his path with a superb sliding tackle.
    • 50'
      Huge appeals for a penalty from the resiulting corner, as Willian's low cross appears to clip the hand of Britos, but referee marriner waves away the claims of the Chelsea players.
    • 52'
      Whiel Fabregas certainly did not put in his finest display in a Chelsea shirt in the first half, Hiddink appears to be showing Watford a lot of respect with the introduction of Mikel, who is now sitting alongside Matic in a shield in front of the back four. It has made for a scrappy opening to this
    • 55'
      SO CLOSE!!! Watford work it patiently down the left before Holebas ups the tempo with a bursting run past the hapless Ivanovic. The full-back drills in a cross back to Capoue, who goes for goal with a powerful effort. Courtois gets down low to save it, but the rebound only goes as far as the Frenchm
    • 56'
      G O. Ighalo Assist G. Cahill
    • 56'
      It was a smart pass into Ighalo by Jurado, who has caused Ivanovic a host of problems all game long.
    • 56'
      GOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLL!!!! IGHALO PUTS WATFORD AHEAD! The Nigerian twists and turns in the area before drilling a left-footed strike goalwards. It takes a horrible deflection off a Chelsea defender and loops agonisingly over Courtois into the back of the net.
    • 58'
      Chelsea are shell-shocked, but again the goal is no less than Watford deserve. It also means that Ighalo can claim a new club record, having now netted in five consecutive Premier League games.
    • 60'
      More large-scale appeals for a penalty from Chelsea and their support as Oscar goes down under pressure from Britos, but Marriner stands firm and indicates for play to go on. A spot-kick would have certianly been harsh, to say the least.
    • 62'
      SUPERB BLOCK! What an interception from Cathcart, who lunges in to prevnet Oscar restoring parity with a driven strike from close range. Brilliant defending from the Watford centre back!
    • 65'
      G Diego Costa Assist G. Cahill
    • 65'
      While the focus may have been on Eden Hazard's return to the Chelsea squad, Willian has once again been the player to prove his quality with a fantastic display this afternoon, and that assist to Costa was truly world-class.
    • 65'
      GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!! COSTA FIRES CHELSEA LEVEL! Willian slides a superb cross into the path of the Spain forward, who loses his marker before side-footing home expertly past Gomes.
    • 67'
      CLOSE! Costa meets Pedro's cross at the near post, but his effort is directed just wide of the upright. Chelsea appeal for a corner - and the last touch did appear to come off of Gomes - but the referee gives Watford the goalkick.
    • 69'
      SI V. Behrami SO G. Cahill
    • 69'
      A first change of the game now for Watford, as Flores drafts in the more expereinced and defensive Valon Behrami in place of Almen Abdi.
    • 71'
      Cahill finds Pedro with a precise diagonal ball from deep, but the winger is unable to find Willian with a looping cross to the back post. Chelsea are the ones applying all the pressure now, though, but they will have to be wary of the threat of Deeney and Ighalo on the counter attack.
    • 73'
      SI I. Anya SO G. Cahill
    • 73'
      A rare slack pass from Willian sees another chance go amiss for the champions. The break in play allows Flores to make his second change, taking off Jurado and bringing on Scotland winger Ikechi Anya. Meanwhile, for Chelsea, Eden Hazard is preparing to enter the fray.
    • 74'
      SI E. Hazard SO G. Cahill
    • 74'
      And Hazard is indeed returning to action now, as he replaces Pedro. The Belgian has gone 27 club games without a goal... can he grab himself a belated Christmas gift today to give Chelsea the vital three points?
    • 76'
      A needless foul from Watson provides Chelsea with a free-kick right on the edge of the Watford area. Having won the set-piece, free-kick specialist Willian will take it... but his effort loops over the crossbar.
    • 79'
      PENALTY TO CHELSEA! Hazard makes an immediate impact as he drives in from the left. He wriggles past Nyom with ease, and shows just enough of the ball to Behrami, who clatters into the Belgian, giving the referee no choice but to point straight to the spot.
    • 80'
      WHAT A MISS FROM OSCAR! Typical of how Chelsea's campaign is going, Oscar blazes the penalty high over the crossbar and into the crowd. Terrible penalty!
    • 81'
      Another booking now for Watford, as Holebas receives a yellow card for a foul on Ivanovic. No complaints either, from the former Roma man.
    • 83'
      Stupid from Behrami, who lunges in with a nasty, over-the-top challenge on Azpilicueta, The linesman does not award a free-kick despite being close to the action, but Andre Marriner brings play back and duly awards the hot-headed Switzerland midfielder with a yellow card.
    • 85'
      ALMOST! Hazard weaves his way down the right, linking up with Oscar before firing in a flat ball across teh face of goal, but Costa is just unable to stretch to meet it.
    • 87'
      CHANCE! Willian robs Holebas of possession deep in Watford territory, but he fails to find a teammate with his resulting cross into the area. Watford flood up to the other end, with Ighalo's effort rebounding into the path of his strike-partner Deeney, but his strike is blocked by Azpilicueta.
    • 88'
      A yellow card now for Costa after he dives in late on Cathcart. And it is a costly booking for Chelsea, as it means the forward will be suspended for their clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.
    • 90'
      CLOSE! A rare effort on goal from Mikel, who has only ever scored once in his Chelsea career. The Nigeria midfielder strikes from distance, but the shot trickles wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 90'
      SI A. Guédioura SO G. Cahill
    • 90'
      A final substitution for Watford now, as Troy Deeney is replaced by Adlène Guédioura.
    • 90'
      Hazard and Oscar combine down the left, but the latter's cross is gathered in with ease by Gomes, and Watford are able to clear their lines once more.
    • 90'
      The fourth offical has indicated a minimum of four minutes of added time, and the roars from the Chelsea crowd are growing louder. Can their side manage to carve out a victory in the final moments?

    Line Up




    Frank Lampard
    Vladimir Ivic



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 5 14
    Yellow Cards 1 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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