Doucoure, Deulofeu inspire Watford past 10-man Chelsea

Doucoure, Deulofeu inspire Watford past 10-man Chelsea

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Gerard Deulofeu were unplayable as they inspired Watford to a stunning 4-1 defeat of Chelsea at Vicarage Road on Monday night.

The Hornets started the brightest, and came close to opening the scoring via Doucoure, Deulofeu, Troy Deeney and Richarlison in the first two quarters of the game.

Chelsea also had a chance of their own, after good work from Nigeria international, Victor Moses and Willian Borges.

However, on the half-hour mark, the Blues were reduced to ten men, as two bookable offences saw Timemoue Bakayoko sent off, and the home side took advantage of their numerical superiority to take the lead 12minutes later.

Deulofeu was brought down in the Chelsea box, with Deeney stepping up to convert from the spot to hand the hosts a 1-0 lead heading into half time.

It began to rain goals after the break, first Eden Hazard equalised for Chelsea eight minutes from time, with a beautiful effort but it only last few minutes as Daryl Janmaat restored the lead for his side with a lovely individual goal, after a beautiful one-two with Roberto Pereyra.

Deulofeu doubled their advantage four minutes later, with a similar solo effort like Janmaat’s to make it 3-1, before Pereyra added a fourth in added time to seal a comfortable victory for the Hornets.

The win was their first in six games, and sees them stay 11th on the log, but six points from safety, while Chelsea are fourth, a point behind third placed Liverpool.

For Antonio Conte’s champions, they have now lost two games in a row, conceding at least three goals.

Up next for these two, Watford are on the road, they face West Ham, while Chelsea host West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

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