Watford will look to pick their first win of the season when they host Bournemouth at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Hornets had a tough start to the season and are currently languishing at the bottom of the league table. They have failed to win any of their 9 games so far, drawing 4 and losing 5.
This leaves them 3 points off Norwich in 19th and 4 points off Newcastle and Southampton, who are 18th and 17 respectively. Thus, safety is not far away but Watford need an upturn in performances and results first.
Their dismal performances led to Javi Gracia’s sacking and Quique Sanchez Flores returned for a second spell at the club. The visit of Bournemouth offers an excellent chance to notch their first win of the season.
Coming to their visitors, Bournemouth continue to blow hot and cold this season. Eddie Howe’s men are currently 10th in the league table, with 12 points from 9 games. They are level on points with Sheffield United, Burnley and Tottenham, who are placed higher due to superior goal difference.Embed from Getty Images
The Cherries are ahead of West Ham in 11th on goal difference while Aston Villa and Wolves are just a point behind. Thus, fortunes can swing with every game and so far, Bournemouth are yet to show the consistency which they keep teasing every now and then.
A trip to bottom-placed Watford should see a strong likelihood of a win, however, this could be a potential banana skin for the visitors.
In terms of team news, Flores will be without Troy Deeney for another month while Danny Welbeck is ruled out with a thigh injury. Isaac Success and Etienne Capoue should be back in full training this week along with Sebastian Prodl.
Coming to Bournemouth, Dan Gosling, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas are all long-term absentees. David Brooks is almost done with his recovery but the game will come too soon for him. Jefferson Lerma is expected to be fit for this game after picking up a niggle on international duty.
Head-To-Head and Watford vs Bournemouth Prediction
Looking at head-to-head, both teams are pretty even, with Watford winning 40 to Bournemouth’s 38 while there have been 37 draws as well. Stalemates are a recurring theme in recent times as well, with 6 draws in the last 8 meetings, including the most recent one.
However, this matchup has seen 26 goals scored in those 8 games, with both teams finding the back of the net in 5 of them. Further, in the last 4 PL matches at Vicarage Road, Watford have drawn 3 and lost the other, with the loss coming last season when the Cherries romped home to a 4-0 away win.
Thus, considering the form, head-to-head and Bournemouth’s inconsistency, both teams can be expected to share the spoils once again in a high-scoring draw.
Watford Predicted XI: Foster; Janmaat, Kabasele, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas; Cleverly, Doucoure, Pereyra; Gray, Deulofeu
Bournemouth Predicted XI: Ramsdale; Smith, Cook, Ake, Rico; Harry Wilson, Lerma, Billing, King; Wilson, Solanke