Hornets Head-To-Head Record Too Strong for BournemouthStats
Watford v Bournemouth
Genuine promotion contenders Watford can enhance their claims with another win this weekend against Bournemouth…
Five wins and just two defeats from their opening seven games see Watford sitting pretty in third position in the Championship league table. The Hornets have a 100% home league record for the season and have scored in all but two of their nine league and cup games this season.
Fernando Forestieri and Troy Deeney have each scored three goals, with Forestieri’s three coming from just two league starts. Almen Abdi, Matej Vydra and Lloyd Dyer all have two goals each to their name.
Bournemouth’s season started with back-to-back wins against Huddersfield and then Brentford, but has petered away since with draws against Norwich and Rotherham and defeats to Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and most recently Leeds.
Callum Wilson is the club’s top scorer for the season so far with four of Bournemouth’s 11 goals scored to date. Eddie Howe’s side have kept four clean sheets in nine league and cup games to date and have lost only one of four away fixtures.
Watford coach Oscar Garcia remains in hospital after complaining of chest pains over the weekend. At the time of writing it is unclear whether he will return to the sidelines for this weekend’s game after being told that he should rest up. Gianni Munari and Fernando Forestieri are both doubtful with hamstring injuries.
Yann Kermogrant recovered from a shoulder injury to play in the midweek defeat to Leeds. Tokelo Rantie and Elliott Ward remain sidelined through injuries.
Watford won 6-1 in this fixture last season as Troy Deeney scored a second half hat-trick and Gabriele Angella bagged a brace.
Watford also won a Capital One Cup meeting between the teams at Vicarage Road and have in fact won each of the last four home head-to-heads.
The two teams drew 1-1 in the game at Dean Court with Angella getting on the scoresheet again before being red carded.
Watford look like genuine promotion challengers this season and at odds of 6/5 are a good bet to take all three points from the game. The home win is priced at odds of 9/4 and the draw is 5/2.
Gabrielle Angela scored three of his eight goals last season against Bournemouth and appeals at odds of 25/1 to score first and 15/2 to net anytime. Of the more prominent options in this market Troy Deeney seems to be the sensible bet at 9/2 and 11/8 respectively. Goals in general can be expected and Over 2.5 is another good bet at odds of 3/4.