Chelsea withstand pressure to sink Watford

  • Chelsea beat Watford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge
  • Pedro's curling shot from 25 metres put Chelsea ahead
  • Abdoulaye Doucoure equalised in first-half stoppage time
  • Roberto Pereyra put visitors in front with 49th-minute goal
  • Substitute Michy Batshuayi levelled with a header
  • Cesar Azpilicueta snatched third for Chelsea in 87th minute
  • Batshuayi added his second in the dying moments
  • Chelsea next visit Bournemouth, Watford home to Stoke City

Substitute Michy Batshuayi scored two second-half goals to help snatch a 4-2 victory for stuttering champions Chelsea against a lively Watford side in the Premier League on Saturday.

In a sometimes frenzied end-to-end game Chelsea, who had lost their last two league matches, went ahead when Pedro whipped in a ferocious curling shot high off the post from 25 metres following a disputed corner.

Watford equalised seconds before halftime through Abdoulaye Doucoure and in a rampant spell of attacking football went ahead four minutes after the break when Roberto Pereyra tapped home a Richarlison cross.

But Michy Batshuayi headed home 20 minutes from time to spare Chelsea's blushes and added his second in the dying moments following an 87th-minute goal from defender Cesar Azpilicueta.