Watford vs Chelsea: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

The Blues will look to bounce back from their defeat to Leicester when they take to the field at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day

Chelsea will attempt to put their loss to Leicester behind them when they face Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.

Maurizio Sarri’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season last week when they were beaten 1-0 by the Foxes and the Italian is eager to return to winning ways.

Watford, meanwhile, are flying high this season and will pose a serious threat to the Blues, particularly on their own patch.

In contrast to their visitors, the Hornets come into the game on the back of a victory, having triumphed 2-0 over West Ham in their last outing.

Game Watford vs Chelsea
Date Wednesday, December 26
Time 7:30pm GMT / 2:30pm ET
Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial)


In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .

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US TV channel Online stream
NBCSN fuboTV (7-day free trial)

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky 1 and Sky Sports Main Event. It can also be streamed live online using Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Premier League / Sky 1 / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go


Position Watford squad
Goalkeepers Gomes, Dahlberg, Foster
Defenders Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Masina, Cathcart, Femenia, Zeegelaar, Navarro, Wilmot, Holebas, Kabasele
Midfielders Cleverley, Sema, Chalobah, Doucoure, Hughes, Quina, Capoue, Pereyra
Forwards Deulofeu, Deeney, Success, Penaranda, Gray, Okaka

Watford are without Andre Gray, while Will Hughes and Sebastian Prodl are also out. Like Chelsea, the Hornets have named an unchanged side from their weekend fixture – a 2-0 win over West Ham. 

Watford starting XI: Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Sema, Pereyra; Deulofeu, Deeney.

Position Chelsea squad
Goalkeepers Kepa, Caballero, Green, Bulka
Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu
Midfielders Moses, Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, McEachran
Forwards Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Morata, Willian, Hudson-Odoi

Andreas Christensen is out with a hamstring injury while a healthy Alvaro Morata misses out on the 18, as Chelsea are unchanged from their defeat at Leicester at the weekend.

Chelsea starting XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Kovacic, Kante; Pedro, Willian, Hazard.



Chelsea are strong favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 13/20 on the Blues to triumph. Watford’s chances of victory are rated 17/4 and a draw is available at 11/4.

Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.



Chelsea’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend was a serious set-back in their bid for the Premier League title and leaves them in a position where they now have a fight on their hands to secure a top four finish, with Arsenal breathing down their neck heading into the new year.

Sarri was furious with the loss – their third of the season – but indicated the silver lining was that his players have little time to dwell on the nature of their shortcomings in the game.

“After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange,” said the Chelsea boss.

“It’s important to play again in four days, maybe positive, maybe negative, it depends on our reaction after the match.

“In the match we had a bad reaction, now it depends on the reaction in the next three days, I think it’s important to play immediately.”

With another away game against London rivals Crystal Palace to come four days after the meeting with the Hornets, the Italian will be desperate for his team to make their way into 2019 on a high.

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