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Premier League Watford v AFC Bournemouth

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Saturday, October 26, 2019


Vicarage Road

Punter's Pick

This game is a difficult one to call for an outright winner given the form of both teams. Watford are showing signs of a turnaround under manager Quique Sanchez Flores but Bournemouth are capable of beating anyone on their day. We feel that the value lies in other markets including the 5/6 offered by Bet365 for over 10 corners. Both teams have attacking wingers who get to the byline and this increases the likelihood of corners. We will also be backing the over 2.5 goals market being offered at 4/6 by the same bookmaker, especially as this has materialised in five out of the last six games between these two.

Bottom club Watford welcome Bournemouth to Vicarage Road in a game they must win if they are to start their ascent out of the relegation zone. Bournemouth are also just four points adrift of the bottom three and these two teams will be pushing each other hard in what could be a thrilling encounter.

Watford come into this game having not won a League game all season and currently occupy the foot of the table. However fans will have been buoyed by their recent performances where they managed to get draws against Sheffield United and a 1-1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur away. The Hornets will feel hard done by as they should have had a penalty when Jan Vertonghen fouled Gerard Deulofeu and replays showed no contact with the ball. The decision was not overturned by VAR and the team had to settle for a point. Manager Quique Sanchez Flores will feel that the signs are encouraging as the power of Doucoure and the trickery of Deulofeu and Pereyra gave Tottenham problems and the team look more solid than they did when they were humbled 8-0 by Manchester City.

Bournemouth have again proved to be inconsistent with the team not building on back to back league victories when they beat Everton and Southampton in mid-September. Two draws and a loss to Arsenal in between followed and they are now winless in their last four games in all competitions. Eddie Howe is desperate to find a formula which provides some solidity in midfield and at the back while the team expresses their natural desire to attack. A more counter-attacking style may suit them more with the pace of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Josh King being better served with more space to run into. Currently Bournemouth play on the front foot and often leave themselves vulnerable but this could be the type of game this system works as Watford are a little brittle in defence and pressing hard may pay dividends.

In team news, Danny Welbeck has again sustained an injury and it seems it will keep the former England man out for the coming months. With Troy Deeney still out with a long-term injury, Watford don’t have many options up front and this could see Andre Gray return to lead the line. Jose Holebas is suspended but Sebastian Prodl, Etienne Capoue and Isaac Success are all in contention having recovered from injury.

Bournemouth will look to welcome back Jefferson Lerma who has recovered from a hip injury. However they remain without David Brooks, Charlie Daniels and Junior Stanislas as the trio remain sidelined through their respective injuries.

These two teams have been involved in some high-scoring games in recent years and fans will be hoping for more of the same on Saturday. Last season, Bournemouth beat their opponents 4-0 at Vicarage Road courtesy of goals from David Brooks, Josh King (2) and Callum Wilson. The reverse fixture was a thrilling 3-3 draw where all six goals were amazingly scored in the first half.

Punter's Pick

This game is a difficult one to call for an outright winner given the form of both teams. Watford are showing signs of a turnaround under manager Quique Sanchez Flores but Bournemouth are capable of beating anyone on their day. We feel that the value lies in other markets including the 5/6 offered by Bet365 for over 10 corners. Both teams have attacking wingers who get to the byline and this increases the likelihood of corners. We will also be backing the over 2.5 goals market being offered at 4/6 by the same bookmaker, especially as this has materialised in five out of the last six games between these two.

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