Continuing our build-up to today’s game against Watford, Konark reminds us of five special moments against Hornets of recent years.

Facing Watford at Stamford Bridge has historically been a good occasion for us, which is a good thing, considering we absolutely need to win our next game, and we have been unbeaten against the Hornets, Chelsea being unbeaten in the last twelve matches against the Hornets at home, with a high scoring rate – netting four or more goals in five home games since 2004 in all competitions. On that note, let us take a look at the top five moments/games from these Chelsea vs. Watford meetings at Stamford Bridge.

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  1. Demolition Drogba – His first league hat-trick (2006)

    One of our most emphatic league victories against Watford at Stamford Bridge was a 4-0 win in November 2006. Didier Drogba was involved in all four goals, netting his first ever Premier League hat-trick for the Blues and setting up Andriy Shevchenko for the other goal. The Ivorian opened the scoring from close range, from Geremi’s cross. He then doubled the lead, linking up with Shevchenko for the second, returning the favour and setting him up for Chelsea’s third, and then proceeded to convert another Geremi cross to complete the rout against Aidy Boothroyd’s Hornets, taking Drogba’s tally for the season to 14 goals, making him the Premier League’s top scorer.
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2. The Stamford Bridge Fifty (2017)

In an intense clash at the Bridge in May 2017, Chelsea registered a 4-3 win against Watford, in the first game after being crowned champions in Antonio Conte’s dazzling league winning season. We took the lead through our captain John Terry, with Capoue levelling things shortly after. Our current captain Cesar Azpilicueta saw us go into half time with a 2-1 lead. Michy Batshuayi added to the league after half time, making it 3-1 after which Watford made a resurgence, with Janmaat and Okaka leveling things up to make it 3-3. Cesc Fabregas turned up in the box to score a late winner with his right foot, rounding off the encounter to finish the game 4-3 to the newly-crowned champions. Fabregas’ late winner was our 50th goal at Stamford Bridge that season, making it the first time for the Blues to hit 50 goals at home in a single season after the 2009/10 campaign under Ancelloti.

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3. Hiddink denied first win at the Bridge (2015)

In Guus Hiddink’s first game in charge in his second stint as interim manager, Chelsea played out an enthralling 2-2 draw with Watford, with Diego Costa scoring twice. His first goal gave Chelsea the lead and his second, mid-way through the second half, rescued a point for the Blues after goals from Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney gave the Hornets an unexpected lead. Hiddink’s tough job to see the season out, after Jose Mourinho departed following the worst Chelsea season in the Abramovich era leaving slipping towards the bottom half of the table, would have begun with a win after Eden Hazard entered the fray as a substitute and won a penalty. But Oscar’s unfortunate slip in his run-up for the penalty saw the ball soar into row Z, with Hiddink having to settle for a disappointing point in his first game.

4. Six goal thriller at the Bridge (2017)

In a very open and entertaining, end-to-end game at the Bridge, Chelsea emerged 4-3 winners, but the game could potentially have seen many more goals and the scoreline could have been much higher, considering the openness of the game. We opened the scoring through Pedro, the Spaniard scoring from a driving shot that swerved, but Watford pulled ahead through Doucoure and Pereyra’s goals either side of the interval. Batshuayi came on as a substitute and scored, with Azpilicueta’s late header sealing the three points.

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5. Securing a Champions League spot (2019)

Our 3-0 win against Watford, the last time we met at the Bridge in 2019 secured our top 4 spot, and our qualification for the Champions League this season. After very little happening in terms of action in the first half, Chelsea walked out with intent in the second half and two quick goals through headers from David Luiz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Loanee Gonzalo Higuain then sealed the win with a good finish from Pedro’s pass, recording his fifth and final league goal in a Chelsea shirt, perhaps his most important contribution in his short Chelsea spell, capping off a turbulent season under Maurizio Sarri with a top four finish.

Here’s to hoping that after the game this weekend, we can another special moment to the top 5 this list next season, and we see a turnaround from the fiasco that happened at West Ham from Frankie Lampard’s showtime Blues.

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