Chelsea make the short journey north to Vicarage Road on Wednesday where a resilient Watford team will be waiting for them.
Watford have successive wins under their belts after beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the FA Cup and moving into the fifth round where they will entertain Leeds United.
Last time out in the Premier League Watford defeated Newcastle 2-1 at home – welcome relief as they were on a solid four game losing run prior to this victory. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly depending on your point of view) Watford sit just two points behind Liverpool with 23 games of the season gone.
Chelsea are revived under new manager Gus Hiddink and starting to look like the multi million pound outfit that owner Roman Ambramovich thought he had invested in.
His decision to sack the odious Jose Mourinho was clearly a good one in hindsight but it would have been fun to have seen him hang the ex manager out to dry for a while longer.
A 5-1 demolition of Milton Keynes last time out in the FA Cup and a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the Premier League have bought a semblance of sanity to proceedings.
Chelsea are 14 points off top four place and if they keep improving at this rate then it is a real possibility that they will be challenging for a European Cup spot come the end of the season.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games and mining a rich seam of form that has seen them keep three clean sheets in succession away from home. A far cry from the terrible defending that marked their early season malaise.
Chelsea are obviously clear favourites in the betting but 10/3 for Watford looks reasonable value and the draw at 51/20 looks tempting.