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Bournemouth vs. Watford

Watford (4-1-2) vs Bournemouth (4-1-2)

English Premier League | Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 10:00 AM ET | Vicarage Road

Moneyline: Watford +115 / Draw +240 / Manchester City +240


Watford will be looking for their first win since the last international break. This is a match-up between two of the sides that have been surprising so far this season, and both of them have identical records. Most pundits and experts predicted that one, if not both of these teams would be fighting relegation this season. This looks to be way wide of the mark as both teams have been impressive this season and will be nowhere near the relegation places.

The Hornets however, have lost two of their last three which has seen them slip down to sixth in the standings, while Eddie Howe’s side are now level on points with their opponents after their win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.

The Hornets are looking to recapture their early season form.

Javi Gracia’s side shocked everybody by starting with four consecutive wins, beating Brighton, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Spurs. However, they haven’t won any of their last three. Manchester United ended their unbeaten start with a narrow 2-1 defeat, which was followed by a 1-1 draw at Fulham. They were also dumped out the Carabao Cup by Tottenham on penalties in unfortunate circumstances in a strange evening as Spurs played their home match at MK Dons Stadium. Last weekend, two late goals saw them lose 2-0 at Arsenal; a game they deserve at least a point from.

Like Watford, Bournemouth have also impressed so far this season.

They started with back to back wins over Cardiff and West Ham before coming from 2-0 down to draw with Everton. Chelsea ended their unbeaten start but a week later they hammered Leicester. A fortnight ago, a trip to Burnley could hardly have gone any worse as Eddie Howe’s side were beaten 4-0. However, on Monday night they proved that that was just an anomaly, scoring late to beat Crystal Palace.That leaves them level on 11 points with Watford; at this stage last season they had just 4. They’ve also made it through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after wins over Milton Keynes Dons and Blackburn Rovers. They’ll host Norwich for a place in the last eight in a few weeks time, in a competition where Eddie Howe might feel like they have a genuine chance of winning. Their highest top flight finish to date is ninth so can they improve on that come what May? I suspect probably yes.

It’s a fairly even record as far as these two teams are concerned Watford have won 40 of the past 113 meetings with the Cherries picking up 37.


This will be an exciting encounter between two expressive and entertaining teams. Two young English squads is a good look into the future. If Bournemouth continue this form, it will be hard to see the club hang on to manager Eddie Howe at the end of the season. Howe is certain for big things and will one day manage England. Bournemouth will continue their good form here and pick up another impressive three points. Josh King will keep up his good form with another goal. Both teams will score but the Cherries will edge it.