Games between these two sides had always been tight and close, and throw in the potential relegation battle they are embroiled in and we reckon it will remain that way on Sunday.
Premier League 2018/2019
Date: Sunday 12th, January
Venue: Vitality Stadium
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Bournemouth ended a four-game winless run when they thrashed struggling Championship Luton Town 4-0 in their FA Cup meeting here last time out, a victory which merely papered over the cracks of what has been a disappointing campaign for them.
The Cherries have lost eight of their last ten Premier League games, but somehow remain a point above their next opponents, and can move out of the bottom three with a win.
Points have been hard to come by for the hosts at their own turf in recent months, with just one win here in seven home league games, a streak stretching back to September 2019.
For Watford, It’s been a different story since Nigel Pearson took over the reins at the Hertfordshire-based club. The Hornets earned an impressive 10 points from a possible 12 in the Premier League over the Yuletide season, and will approach this game with confidence despite their FA Cup capitulation last time out.
After leading Tranmere Rovers 3-0 at half-time in the cup game on Saturday, Pearson’s side who had won three of their last four league games contrived to blow the healthy advantage and will now have to replay the tie.
Seven of the last nine games between Bournemouth and Watford in the Premier League had remained deadlocked after ninety minutes, and honours could yet be even on Sunday.
Bournemouth’s injury list is still heavy, with at least nine players ruled out of this one.
Roberto Pereyra’s red card in the draw versus Tranmere was successfully turned so his availability is a boost for the visitors. Adrian Mariappa is also back from suspension, but Christian Kabasele is still banned.
Seven players from the Hornets camp are sidelined for this game.
Head to Head
The numbers are very close here, with Watford (39) narrowly edging Bournemouth’s 38 wins in all their competitive meetings. 39 games have ended as draws.
Bournemouth have failed to find the net in five of their last seven league games.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in six of Watford’s last seven away games in the Premier League.
Watford are winless in ten of their last eleven away league matches.
Bournemouth needed a big response when they played Tranmere in their cup clash, and they did in style. It remains to be seen if they can stem the tide of losses they have been accruing in the top flight. Bournemouth’s last five games in all competitions (LDLLW)
Watford have improved significantly, having now gone five games unbeaten in all competitions for the first time since January 2019. Watford’s last five games in all competitions (WDWWD)
Watford’s recent run perhaps looks enough to back them, but with these two sides having put up erratic results for much of the season, I will not be sold on backing any of them to come away with maximum points from this one. But pay better attention to opposing goals from this clash, so punters can plump for an under 2.5 goals at 19/20 or a NO for both teams to score at 5/4