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Watford vs. Chelsea, Premier League: Half-time report

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Chelsea down a goal and down a man, almost down and out.

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It may have been a soft second yellow, but Bakayoko was so well off the pace of the game that it was only a matter of time before he did something truly damaging to the Chelsea cause. And so it was that about the fifth or sixth instance of incredibly poor play in just 20-odd minutes (passing, tackling, control, pick your poison) resulted in him losing the ball, stepping on Richarlison’s toes and getting his marching orders from limelight-enjoying Mike Dean.

That’s not to say the rest of Chelsea have been much better. The front three (now two) have been isolated and ineffective when on the ball. The midfield has been as effective as a sieve, the wing-backs barely there, and the defenders barely coping with Watford’s drive and impetus. Courtois then made a silly decision to gift a penalty, which Deeney converted.

Willian, before making way for Fabregas in the wake of the red card (presumably to play it safe with his recent hamstring issue), had Chelsea’s best chance, but snatched at his shot from 10 yards out. Pedro had a decent effort fly well over at the end of the half as well.

A comeback looks extremely unlikely. But that’s how heroes are born.

Holding out for a hero.

COME ON, CHELSEA!

(On the plus side, Chelsea can’t finish the day worse than 4th.)