Preview - Watford vs Bournemouth 06 October 18

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Match Day 8
Watford vs Bournemouth
Saturday, October 6th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form:  W W L D L
Average goals per match: 1.57
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Roberto Pereyra & Andre Gray (3)

Last five matches form: L W L W W
Average goals per match: 1.71
Average goals against per match: 1.71
Top Scorer: Ryan Fraser (3)

Sixth plays seventh in the Premier League this weekend as Bournemouth travel to Vicarage Road to take on Watford.

Watford started the season in flying form, winning each of their first four games. Things haven't been so good since though, with defeats against both Arsenal and Manchester United and a draw with Fulham in their last three.

It's been a little up and down for Bournemouth so far this season although 13 points from their opening seven games is a healthy enough return overall. Their past two away games haven't been particularly encouraging though. Losing 2-0 at Chelsea was no disgrace but a 4-0 humbling at the hands of a previously winless Burnley was certainly disappointing. They did get back on track with a win at home to Crystal Palace last time out though and so head into the game on a high.

Tom Cleverley, Daryl Janmaat and Miguel Britos miss out for the home side. Bournemouth look to have a relatively fit squad from which to choose.

This fixture ended in a 2-2 draw last season, with Watford coming out on top when wining 2+0 at the Vitality Stadium.

The level of performance of Watford has been that bit more consistent than that of Bournemouth. That combined with the fact that they will have home advantage here makes a win for the Hornets seem like the most likely option.

Prediction: Watford 3 - 1 Bournemouth


Half time: 0 - 3
Full time: 0 - 4
Shots:  7 - 8
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 10 - 7
Possession: 51% - 49%

Craig Cathcart, Jose Holebas and Abdoulaye Doucoure were all booked for the home side who also had Christian Kabasele sent off for a second bookable offence in the 32nd minute. Andrew Surman was the only Bournemouth player to have his name taken by referee Jonathan Moss.

This was really all over by half-time as a calamitous opening 45 minutes for the hosts saw them head into the break three goals and a man down.

The opener came in the 14th minute, and for the second game in a row it was the youngster David Brooks who broke the deadlock. Callum Wilson getting on the end of a low ball to the far post and sending an effort on goal. Ben Foster did well to save but could only palm it out into the path of Brooks who finished into the empty net.

Then came the sending off of Kabasele which also resulted in a penalty kick. Joshua King doing the honours to find the bottom right corner.

It got worse before the break. Callum Wilson crossing from the left corner of the eighteen-yard box to find strike partner King at the far post. King doing well to direct his header back across goal and in from what wasn't the easiest of angles.

The fourth came in the 47th minute.  Another ball from the left corner of the area, this time from Ryan Fraser. Wilson nipping in front of the daydreaming Watford defence and keeper to control on his toe and finish from almost on the line.

Watford drop down to ninth on the back of this heavy defeat. Bournemouth move up to fifth.

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