Chelsea made it five successive away Premier League victories with a 2-1 win at Watford in the Saturday evening kickoff.
Frank Lampard’s side headed to Hertfordshire having won at Norwich City (3-2), Wolverhampton Wanderers (5-2), Southampton (4-1) and Burnley (4-2) in their four previous Premier League away games. The West London side were heavily fancied to win by journalists, fans and bookmakers alike.
Tammy Abraham put the Blues on their way inside five minutes when the striker latched onto Jorginho’s superb long pass before dinking the ball over the on rushing Ben Foster.
Chelsea were well on top early on and the hosts had Ben Foster to thank they were only one down at half-time. The goalkeeper denied Abraham his second one-one-one and then made a superb save to deny a looping header from a corner that was heading into the far post.
The former England international then superbly tipped a powerful effort from Mason Mount onto the crossbar and away.
However, the game looked over when Christian Pulisic doubled the visitors’ lead 10 minutes after the break. It was the American’s fourth goal in two games.
Watford were handed a lifeline in the final 10 minutes when VAR awarded a penalty after Roberto Pereyra eventually went over. Gerard Deulofeu duly converted.
The Hornets almost grabbed a point when Ben Foster’s header was well saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga in the final moment of the game.
Chelsea move up to third ahead of Leicester City’s trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday, whilst Watford remain winless and five points adrift after 11 games.