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Jan 02, 2019, 06:55 PM Last Edit: Jan 02, 2019, 08:26 PM by Harry85
Match Day 21
AFC Bournemouth vs. Watford
Thursday, January 3rd 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vitality Stadium

AFC Bournemouth: 
Last five matches form: L L W L L
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 1.85
Top Scorer: Callum Wilson ( 8 )

Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.35
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Roberto Pereyra (6)

Following an excellent start to the season, Bournemouth are now in something of a slump having lost eight of their past ten in the Premier League and slipped to twelfth in the standings. The Cherries two most recent games didn't go well, losing 5-0 at Tottenham Hotspur and 4-1 at Manchester United. They now get the chance to put things right in front of their own fans on Match Day 21 as Watford come calling to the Vitality Stadium.

Watford do arrive in the better form of the two sides, with just one defeat in their past five. Much like the Cherries though, the Hornet's aren't in anything like their best form of the season at present. Javi Gracia's men may well have revenge on their minds here though as they went down 4-0 to Bournemouth at Vicarage Road earlier in the campaign.

Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook are all out injured for Bournemouth. Watford must make do without Adalberto Pe├▒aranda and Andre Gray.

Bournemouth have been pretty solid at home this season, winning five of ten, with their only three defeats coming at the hands of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Watford have held their own on their travels, with three wins, three draws and three defeats from their nine away games to date.

Watford have conceded at least once in seven of their nine away games, whilst Bournemouth have conceded in seven of ten at home.

Bournemouth do like to play on the front foot and we fancy there may be a few goals in this one. With those key injuries in midfield though, the home side may just have to settle for a draw.

Prediction: AFC Bournemouth 2 - 2 Watford


Half time:  3 - 3
Full time: 3 - 3
Shots:  17 - 8
Shots on target: 11 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 53% - 47%

Dan Gosling was booked for the home side in this one, with referee David Coote also taking the names of Abdoulaye Doucour├ę, Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas of Watford.

Quite the game at the Vitality, particularly in what turned into a goal crazy first half. Bournemouth may feel a little hard done by not to have picked up the three points when they look at the overall stats for this game having come out well on top in the shot count. In the end they did have to come from behind twice in order to get anything at all against an efficient Watford outfit who scored three times from a total of three shots on target.

Watford struck first in the 14th minute. Lovely interplay down the right hand side ending with Ken Sema being found in space in the right of the area and playing in a cross towards the penalty spot to find Troy Deeney who nodded down back across goal and in.

Deeney was at it again in the 27th minute. Terrible ball back to his defence from Dan Gosling which was easily intercepted by Gerard Deulofeu. The Spaniard advancing all the way into the Bournemouth penalty area before being tackled. The ball broke kindly for Deeney though who finished down the middle from around twelve yards.

Bournemouth got one back in the 34th minute. A free kick towards the back post being nodded back across goal and Dan Gosling heading on target. Ben Foster produced a brilliant one-handed stop, but there was Nathan Ake to nod in the rebound.

Just three minutes later the home side were back on level terms. A free kick from deep on the right being met by Callum Wilson around twelve yards from goal to send a looping flicked header into the top left.

One minute after that the visitors were in front once again. A long punt forward from Foster eventually making its way through to Sema on the right side of the eighteen yard box. Smart control inside and volley into the bottom right from Sema.

Still time for another before the break though, with Bournemouth equalising on the 40 minute mark. A low ball from the right making its way past a number of Watford and Bournemouth players before finding Ryan Fraser just inside the area on the left. Cool finish from Fraser into the bottom left.

The second half had a lot to live up to after that, and perhaps understandably both sides calmed down after the break. 3-3 final score.

Watford move up to eighth with this point. Bournemouth stay twelfth.

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