Bournemouth v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 15, 2017
Vitality Stadium - Premier League
Bournemouth welcome Watford to the south coast on Saturday, after the teams had mixed fortunes on the Premier League opening day.
Recent meetings between these two have a clear pattern, with the last four Premier League meetings between them ending in a draw. The two 2016-17 encounters saw two successive 2-2 draws.
Bournemouth have a few absentees through injury for the visit of Watford, with Simon Francis and Junior Stanislas already ruled out. Defender misses out on this one with a hamstring injury, while Stanislas is still three weeks away from a return from a groin problem.
Striker Callum Wilson remains a long-term injury casualty after undergoing surgery on a serious knee injury.
Watford also have a lengthy injury list, with manager Marco Silva seeing his options severely limited at the start of the season.
Defenders Daryl Janmaat and Christian Kabasele and forward Roberto Pereyra are both ruled out with hamstring injuries, as is Craig Cathcart, who has a knee problem.
Striker Troy Deeney is back in training following a groin injury, but he is not expected to be fit in time to make this game.
Bournemouth v Watford Preview and Predictions
Watford began their Premier League campaign in dramatic style, securing a 3-3 draw against Liverpool on the opening. The Hornets came led twice against Jurgen Klopp's side, before sealing a late draw thanks to Miguel Britos' close range goal.
Bournemouth's start to the 2017-18 season was not as pleasant for manager Eddie Howe, who saw his side defeated 1-0 away at West Brom.
Watford will take heart from their spirited performance against Liverpool, however Bournemouth should have a bit too much quality for them, particularly in front of their home crowd and a home win is priced at 10/11.
Given the fine goal scoring start to the season, Watford should cause Bournemouth some problems going forward and a both teams to score bet looks a good option, priced at 4/6.
Bournemouth to win 3-1 at 16/1
The Cherries will be keen to erase their opening day defeat, and their form at home last season demonstrates that they are a match for most sides on home turf, and the attacking threat of Benik Afobe, Josh King and Ryan Fraser will be a real thorn in the Watford side.
Josh King to score anytime at 13/8
Norwegian striker King was Bournemouth top scorer last season with 18 goals in all competitions in 2016-17 and his pace and direct attacking threat will cause problems for a Watford defence that is far from impenetrable.