Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has become the first Watford player ever to score in five straight top-flight games as he scored in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea in the Boxing Day clash at Stamford Bridge.
With his latest effort, Ighalo has scored 13 times in 18 premier league appearances this campaign which has helped the Hornets to push for top-four spots instead of battling against relegation as many had predicted.
Diego Costa scored twice for Chelsea in Saturday’s game while Ighalo and Troy Denney where the scorers for Watford in the thrilling 2-2 draw.
Guus Hiddink could have enjoyed a winning start in his second stint with the Blues but Brazilian Oscar fluffed the chance when Chelsea were awarded a penalty kick that could have put them in the lead.
In other games, Leicester lost 1-0 at Anfield, their first away defeat of the campaign, with Christian Benteke sliding home a 63rd-minute winner after coming on to replace the injured Divock Origi before half-time.
Leicester’s defeat, only their second of the season, means that Arsenal can go top if they win at Southampton later on Boxing Day.
Also, Manchester City reignited their title challenge by bouncing back from Monday’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal with a breezy 4-1 win over second-bottom Sunderland that left them three points off the summit.
Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure, and Wilfried Bony scored inside the first 22 minutes to put City in control, with Kevin De Bruyne adding a fourth before Fabio Borini replied for Sam Allardyce’s side.
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur tightened their grip on fourth place by overcoming Norwich City 3-0. Harry Kane scored twice — the first a penalty — to take his tally for the season to 13.
Tom Carroll was also on target.