Chelsea vs Watford: Charlie Nicholas gives his prediction

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Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has backed Chelsea to beat Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “It is so typical of Chelsea, the way they did not take advantage of Leicester’s defeat to Everton. It was a strong Chelsea team which should have got the job done. Olivier Giroud looked unhappy to be on the bench. He has come back from the break looking sharp. Giroud has been loyal and good for the team. He is a top professional, so I do not see it as a sulk. He just looked disappointed.

“Frank Lampard will reflect and ask himself what he was missing. It was a luxurious bench, but he knows his team are not taking advantage of situations that come their way. He said they had to be ready to take those opportunities. They did not play badly but defended really badly.

“I do not know what is going on with Watford. Where is the fight? I look at Nigel Pearson and would not like to be getting a telling-off from him! He is not getting that extra 10 per cent. Why did he get it in his first game and not now? What is missing?

“Watford are unpredictable, but they are missing the point as a team and some balance. They lack technical ability and pace but have the steel and midfield runners. What has happened to these players since the break? Can they rely on them? So far, the answer has been no. It will be more pain and suffering for them here, and Chelsea will get back to winning ways. It is a must-win for Lampard’s side.”

Charlie’s prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Watford

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