Bournemouth are still close to the relegation zone.

Last updated: February 23, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWLDW
Away form: LLLWW
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

After two consecutive defeats in The Premier League (0-2 to Arsenal and 1-3 to Stoke City), Bournemouth are lying in 5th place with 28 points – just 4 in front of 18th-placed Newcastle United. Now, The Cherries are to visit The Hornets in the 27th round of The Premier League and will be hoping to win the three points.

Watford are on a good run; they managed to go through to the quarter-finals of The FA Cup after beating Leeds United 1-0 at home. Furthermore, The Hornets have won 7 points in their last 4 Premiership matches, which means they have collected 36 points in total and are just 4 points below their target of – 6th place.

Both teams have met only once in The Premier League (earlier this season). The final score at The Vitality Stadium was 1-1. Glenn Murray opened for The Cherries, but Odion Ighalo equalized just before half time. Then, 5 minutes before the final whistle Murray had the chance to score his second of the game, but missed from the penalty spot. But now it will be different, Bournemouth have won only 1 match when visiting Vicarage Road.

Team News

Both Watford and Bournemouth have no new injured players in their squads, so we will see the teams best players fielded on Saturday.

Callum Wilson, Bournemouth’s top goal-scorer, is a month away from his recovery. He last played against Stoke in September.

Max Gradel is also very close to his return to the pitch. He is expected to resume full training after a couple of weeks, while Tyrone Mings will be sidelined till May 2016.

Odion Ighalo, Watford’s top scorer, hasn’t found the net in The Premier League for a month now. He last scored against Newcastle.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) :
“I respect Hodgson a lot, he knows perfectly the players he has to choose. But the season of Deeney is completely amazing…”

Eddie Howe Bournemouth Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) :
“So, if I was Afobe – and I will be speaking to him – I will say ‘give yourself the very best opportunity of playing for England.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-2-3-1): Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Britos, Nyom, Capoue, Jurado, Abdi, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Behrami, Prodl, Mario Suarez, Anya, Holebas, Pantilimon, Amrabat.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand.
Not available:
Bournemouth (4-1-4-1): Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Smith, Francis, Arter, Ritchie, Surman, Pugh, Gosling, Afobe.
Subs Federici, Grabban, Iturbe, Distin, O’Kane, Stanislas, King.
Injured: Gradel, Mings, Wilson.
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Watford this season Bournemouth this season
9 League Position 15
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (4)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 3-0 vs. Norwich
3 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
5 (5) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (6)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 1-5 to Man City and Tottenham
Ighalo (14) Top scorer Wilson (5)
Deeney (6) Assist Leader Daniels (5)
Y47, R2 Discipline Y42, R1
8 Failures to score 8
8 Clean Sheets 5
11 Both Teams to Score Games 15
12 Over 2.5 Games 13
14 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • Bournemouth lost 3 consecutive matches in all tournaments. The Cherries last win was against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this month.
  • The Hornets have lost 5 of 13 home games this season. They have recorded the same number of wins and 3 draws at Vicarage Road.
  • Watford have won 3 of 5 home games against Bournemouth in the Head to Head battle between these two teams. The Cherries have won just once at Vicarage Road.
  • The Cherries are undefeated in 5 consecutive games away from The Vitality Stadium. They last lost an away match two months ago.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
03/10/15 The Premier League Bournemouth 1-1 Watford G. Murray 28′
30/01/15 The Championship Bournemouth 2-0 Watford Y. Kermorgant (PG) 35′
20/09/14 The Championship Watford 1-1 Bournemouth H. Arter 63′
18/01/14 The Championship Bournemouth 1-1 Watford G. Angella 45′
28/08/13 The Championship Watford 2-0 Bournemouth E. Ward (OG) 15′