Battling Blues Edge London Derby In Six-Goal Thriller

Champions Chelsea received a shot in the arm in the title race after they battled back from behind to beat London rivals Watford in a six-goal thriller in what was an English Premier League (EPL) clash.

The Stamford Bridge outfit took an early lead through Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez but were pegged by a late Abdoulaye Doucoure goal in the first half. In-form Brazilian youngster Richarlison missed a sitter just after the interval before setting up Roberto Pereyra to put the Hornets 2-1 up some 54 seconds later.

Richarlison missed another sitter that would have given Watford a two-goal advantage and that appeared to prompt the champions into a fightback. Substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in an equaliser before another header from Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta edged the champions ahead for the first time in the half. Batshuayi added his second to make the scoreline a flattering one for the home side.

The win takes Chelsea back into the top four ahead of former recipients Watford after recording 16 points from 9 games. Watford have amassed 15 points from 9 games and are in 5th position ahead of the other fixtures for Matchday 9.