The chance to maintain our phenomenal recent away record comes at Vicarage Road on Saturday, and our build-up begins with all the facts and figures you need ahead of the game...
Watford vs Chelsea head-to-head record
Chelsea have won five and lost one of our last six Premier League games against Watford, six games which have seen a combined 27 goals scored (4.5 per game), with the Blues netting 16 to Watford’s 11.
Watford have won one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Chelsea (two draws, eight defeats), winning 4-1 at Vicarage Road in February 2018.
The Hornets have been victorious in only two of their last 10 meetings with Chelsea at Vicarage Road in all competitions, losing six.
Biggest league win for each team
Chelsea 1-5 Watford 1985/86Chelsea 4-0 Watford 2006/07
Chelsea’s biggest win at Watford: 3-0 in 1987/88Watford’s biggest home win against Chelsea: 4-1 in 2017/18
Last season's corresponding game
WATFORD 1 CHELSEA 2Premier League, Vicarage Road, 26.12.18, 7.30pm
Watford (4-4-2) Foster; Femenia, Kabasele (Mariappa 15), Cathcart, Holebas; Sema (Quina 67), Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra; Deulofeu (Success 82), Deeney (c).Unused subs Gomes, Cleverley, Masina, Okaka.Head coach Javi GraciaBooked Foster 57Scorer Pereyra 45+3
Chelsea (4-3-3) Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic (Barkley 80); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 43) (Emerson 85), Hazard, Willian.Unused subs Caballero, Cahill, Fabregas, Giroud.Injured Christensen, Loftus-CheekHead coach Maurizio SarriScorers Hazard 45+1, 58 (pen)
Referee Martin AtkinsonAttendance 20,415
Chelsea's away form
Chelsea have won four successive top-flight league matches on the road while scoring three or more goals for the first time in our history – Norwich 3-2, Wolves 5-2, Southampton 4-1 and Burnley 4-2.
In top-flight history, only Everton have won five consecutive away games while netting three or more goals each time, doing so back in December 1927 en route to winning the league title.
Since losing 4-0 to Manchester United on the opening day, the Blues have won six successive away games in all competitions, equalling our club record in the top flight achieved on seven previous occasions: 2004/05 (twice), 2005/06, 2006/07 (twice), 2012/13, and 2016/17 (two games) + 2017/18 (four games) combined.
Frank Lampard’s side have the equal second-best away record in the Premier League this season - alongside Man City - with 12 points from five games. Liverpool have won 13 points from the same number of matches.
Frank Lampard is looking to win five successive league games for the first time in his managerial career, with the Blues last winning five Premier League games in a row in August/September 2018.
Chelsea are unbeaten in our last 14 Premier League games against ‘non big-six’ teams, since a 0-2 loss at Everton in March (10 wins, four draws).
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham has scored six goals and assisted one more in his last four away Premier League games. He’s scored more away goals than any other player in the competition this season.
Lampard’s playing record for Chelsea against Watford was five wins and a draw. He scored two goals.
Premier League scorers (23)Abraham 8, Mount 4, Pulisic 3, Kante 2, Willian 2, Alonso 1, Batshuayi 1, Jorginho 1 (pen), Tomori 1
If selected, Marcos Alonso will start a Premier League game for Chelsea for the 100th time.
Last seasonPremier League: 11thFA Cup: Runners-upLeague Cup: Third roundTop scorer all competitions: Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu 11
Last season’s Premier League statsMost starts: Foster 38, Cathcart 35, Doucoure 34Most goals: Deulofeu 10, Deeney 9, Gray 7Most assists: Doucoure 6, Holebas 6, Deeney and Deulofeu 5Most clean sheets: Foster 7
Watford are winless in their 10 Premier League games this season (five draws, five defeats), scoring fewer goals than any other side (five). They’ve never failed to win any of their opening 11 league games before.
Their last league victory was at Huddersfield on 20 April.
Watford haven’t won at home in the Premier League for nine games, drawing four and losing five. If they fail to win on Saturday it will equal their longest winless home run in their league history (10 between September-December 2004).
Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have failed to score in six of their 10 Premier League games this term.
Gerard Deulofeu has had more shots (24) and shots on target (10) without scoring than any other Premier League player this season.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ managerial record v ChelseaWon: 0Drawn: 4Lost: 2
Premier League scorers
Cleverley 1, Doucoure 1, Hughes 1, Gray 1, Pereyra 1 (pen)
Watford’s last Premier League game
Saturday 26 OctoberWatford 0 Bournemouth 0Team 5-3-2: Foster; Janmaat, Kabasele, Dawson, Cathcart (c), Masina (Foulquier 73); Cleverley (Hughes 10), Chalobah (Gray 57), Doucoure; Deulofeu, PereyraBooked: Dawson, Deulofeu, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra
Watford’s major summer moves
INSCraig Dawson - West BromDanny Welbeck - ArsenalIsmaila Sarr - Rennes
OUTSMiguel Britos - ReleasedStefano Okaka - UdineseKen Sema - Udinese (loan)
Watford vs Chelsea referee and VAR
Referee: Anthony TaylorVAR: Mike Dean
Anthony Taylor is the official for his second Blues game of the season. The other was our opening defeat to Man Utd at Old Trafford.
There are no suspensions.
Jorginho is one booking away from a suspension. In the Premier League, five yellow cards received before 19 league fixtures have been played will result in a one-match suspension in the competition.
Premier League bookings list
Chelsea (18)Jorginho 4, Alonso 3, Abraham 2, Christensen 2, Tomori 2, Hudson-Odoi 1, Kante 1, Kovacic 1, Willian 1, Zouma 1
Watford (21)Holebas 5, Femenia 3, Pereyra 3, Capoue 2, Dawson 2, Deulofeu 2, Doucoure 2, Cathcart 1, Hughes 1