• Chelsea travel to Watford and Everton host Newcastle in Premier League
  • Premier League champions yet to lose a game since Hiddink took over
  • WATFORD: Gomes; Paredes, Prodl, Cathcart, Holebas; Behrami, Watson, Capoue; Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo
  • CHELSEA: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa
  • EVERTON: Joel, Oviedo, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Coleman, McCarthy, Barry, Cleverley, Lennon, Barkley, Lukaku
  • NEWCASTLE: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Saivet, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Perez
  • Both games kick off at 7.45pm
  • Click here for more pre-match team news, odds and stats 

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  • Nick Godden

    Host commentator

Chelsea get us going in Hertfordshire.

Our focus will be on Watford vs Chelsea tonight as the teams make their way out of the tunnel ahead of kick-off.

We will of course keep you updated of what is going on in the other game between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park.


‘John Terry’s name receiving the loudest cheer from those of the 3,000 travelling Chelsea fans in the stadium as the away team is read out over the PA system. Little surprise there.’


Newcastle’s £12million signing Andros Townsend goes straight into Steve McClaren’s starting line-up. Deadline day arrival Seydou Doumbia, who joined on loan from Roma, takes his place on the bench after being granted a visa in time for tonight’s match.

Meanwhile there is no John Stones in the Everton squad with Ramiro Funes Mori and Phil Jagielka forming the central defensive partnership tonight. Romelu Lukaku will lead the line for Roberto Martinez’s side and he has a good record against Newcastle.

‘Good Evening from Vicarage Road. It’s a classic, chilly winter’s night and we’re assembled for Watford vs Chelsea, which is a meeting of 10th versus 14th in the Premier League.

I’m sure few would have predicted these two clubs would be occupying those positions back in August, let alone that Watford, who tonight compete in their 100th Premier League game, would be the higher.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores – who describes in his programme notes how much he enjoys the ‘big party’ at each home game – makes two changes. Sebastian Prodl and Jose Holebas come in for the ill Miguel Britos and the ineligible Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink makes four alterations from the team that thrashed MK Dons in the FA Cup on Sunday. In come Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian and John Obi Mikel. Making way are Baba Rahman, Eden Hazard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill, all named on the bench tonight.’

Fans keeping warm with a pre-game burger at Vicarage Road

Eden Hazard is on the bench again, just as he was for the 1-0 victory over Arsenal 10 days ago. Young striker Bertrand Traore is named on the bench again with new signing Alexandre Pato not deemed ready to even be among the matchday squad.

Chelsea will have their hands full at the back with the impressive partnership of Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney leading the line for the home side. New addition Mario Suarez is among the substitutes.

Phil Jagielka poses for a selfie with an Everton supporter

Aaron Lennon signs autographs for the fans

WATFORD: Gomes; Paredes, Prödl, Cathcart, Holebas; Behrami, Watson, Capoue; Jurado; Deeney, Ighalo

CHELSEA: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa

EVERTON: Joel, Oviedo, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Coleman, McCarthy, Barry, Cleverley, Lennon, Barkley, Lukaku

NEWCASTLE: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Saivet, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Perez

The pressure is building on both Roberto Martinez and Steve McClaren ahead of tonight’s fixture. Newcastle, who have spent heavily during the January window, are in desperate need of points at the bottom of the league while Everton have stuttered in recent weeks.

Andros Townsend (right) and his Newcastle United team mates pictured on the pitch

Seydou Doumbia has been cleared to play tonight

Chelsea are looking to continue their good form under Guus Hiddink and will face a thorough examination in their bid to prove they really have turned a corner by a Watford side who have enjoyed a fantastic season back in the Premier League.

You can remind yourself of what happened yesterday by checking out Sportsmail’s Match Zone here.

And welcome along to the second instalment of live midweek action from the Barclays Premier League. There were no fewer than eight top flight fixtures last night that produced 16 goals as the battle for the title continued to hot up.

We turn out attention a little further down the table tonight as Watford host Chelsea at Vicarage Road and Everton entertain strugglers Newcastle at Goodison Park.

We will be bringing you all the build-up and team news as we count down to kick-off so don’t go anywhere.

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Follow Sportsmail’s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Chelsea travel to Watford and Everton host Newcastle United.

Guus Hiddink’s men have won their last two games, and will move to within a point of the top half of the table if they make it three on the bounce. But Watford know they will move up to seventh in the table if they get the victory.

Meanwhile at Goodison Park, Newcastle need to prove that their January transfer window spending will not be in vain as they look to get away from the relegation zone.

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