Watford v Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

March 27, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Vicarage Road - Premier League

Watford and Bournemouth come into this weekend’s clash at Vicarage Road locked on 36 points in the Premier League table. It’s 10th against 11th as the two clubs battle it out for a very respectable top half finish.

Past Meetings

The Hornets stung Bournemouth with a 2-0 victory at the Vitality back in August, stretching their unbeaten run against the Cherries to five. Last season there was a pair of 2-2 draws, while the season before there was also two draws between the sides.

Team News

The injury nightmare that Javi Gracia inherited is showing little sign of easing up. Younes Kaboul, Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Nathaniel Chalobah are all among the players who could miss this game.

Asmir Begovic could return to the visitors’ starting line-up after a knee injury, while captain Simon Francis is a doubt with a hamstring strain. Tyrone Mings, Adam Smith and Harry Arter are all expected to miss out.

Watford v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions

Although Watford supporters may have started dreaming about European football at Vicarage Road next season, a top half finish would still be excellent after the slump that preceded Marco Silva’s exit from the club. It’d be a great achievement for Bournemouth too, after their awful start to the campaign.

The Hornets need to get back to winning ways after defeats against Arsenal and Liverpool in their last two games. They shipped eight goals without finding the back of the net themselves, but Saturday’s visitors are a much less daunting proposition and Watford start this fixture as the 29/20 favourites.

Bournemouth meanwhile responded well to a 4-1 loss at the hands of Tottenham to beat West Brom last time out. The Cherries stuck with Eddie Howe through a difficult patch earlier in the campaign, and that loyalty has certainly been rewarded. The visitors are 11/5 to take all three points back to the south coast with them this weekend.

A draw would keep the sides locked on points, with Brighton lurking just two behind with a game in hand. If you think the game will end with honours even, that’s priced at 5/2 in the betting, with another 2-2 between the sides available at 14/1.

Recommended Bets

Both teams to score at 5/7

Each side averages more than a goal a game this season, and they’ve conceded a combined 104, so defences are unlikely to be on top.

Troy Deeney to score and Watford to win at 3/1

Deeney bagged the only goal of the game in the Hornets’ last win against West Brom - he’s 30/1 to repeat the trick on Saturday.

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