Luckily for Ancelotti he was handed the easiest of opponents in the FA Cup compared to most other EPL top sides. He even got it his way playing at home, so there’s absolutely no argument to be made in his favour if he fails to produce the win today, even if he has to do without his African players.
Chlesea only got 2 wins from their last 8 games in all competitions, and even the one over Portsmouth I wouldn’t count on (Pompey are at the foot of the table and it was only a 2-1 win, with the winner scored from the spot some 10 minutes before the final whistle). In other words, the win over Fulham was their only good result in the last month, and I suspect if Fulham didn’t lose their concentration for a couple of minutes Chelsea would not have been able to win that one either.
Still, a win is a win and their spirits must be sky high, so expect nothing less than a convincing display to offer to their fans who are growing a little bit worried about the overall surrounding conditions, what with a transfer ban expected to come in effect shortly, and pressure intensely applied by both Man Utd and Arsenal over the EPL table summit.
Watford are merely a mid-table side in the Championship, but if you look closely they are only 5 points away from a play-off position, so don’t write them off to be playing in EPl next season just yet.
Their current form also appears to be poor at first glance without a win in their last 4 games, but their most recent 2 were actually draws vs Nottingham Forest (whom are on fire themselves) and away at Bristol City (who are 5-6-1 at home), so those do not too bad in my eyes either. Still, not good enough to back them to cause a major upset.
So, without further delay I declare Chelsea to be the winners in today’s fixture, but who really cares about a bet at 1.17 at best (Bet365 or Ladbrokes)? No bet for me then.