Bournemouth are coming into this game on the back of two straight losses. The Cherries are now out of the top 6 on goal difference and face a massive challenge to achieve a play-off spot. Jonathan Woodgate’s side lost their last home game to a resurgent Cardiff City under Mick McCarthy. Two first half goals from centre-back Sean Morrison and Wales international Kieffer Moore put Cardiff City in driver’s seat and even after Shane Long scored a consolation goal for the home side, it wasn’t enough.
Watford, on the other hand, are in terrific form and coming into this game. Thanks to their new system, the Hornets are on a four-game winning run which has put them at third place in the table. The Hornets beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 yesterday at Ewood Park. Goals from Joao Pedro, Ismaila Sarr and Ken Sema was enough to seal all three points for Xisco Munoz’s Watford.
These two sides have faced each other 16 times before and it’s always been a close contest. The Cherries have won two games, whereas Hornets have won four. The remaining 10 matches ended in a draw.
Bournemouth form guide in the EFL Championship: L-L-W-D-W
Watford form guide in the EFL Championship: W-W-W-W-D
Jonathan Woodgate will be going to this clash with few of his important players doubtful to play in this important game. The interim manager will be without midfielder David Brooks, and there are doubts over availability of defender Jack Stacey and top scorer Dominic Solanke.
Injured: David Brooks
Doubtful: Jack Stacey, Dominic Solanke
Watford are also facing injury problems of their own and won’t have the likes of Troy Deeney, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Ben Foster and Marc Navarro. Christian Kabasele and Nathaniel Chalobah are also doubts.
Bournemouth Predicted Line-up
Begovic; Carter-Vickers, S. Cook, Kelly; Smith, L. Cook, Lerma, Stanislas; Wilshere, Billing; Long
Watford Predicted Line-up
Bachmann; Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Masina; Cleverley, Gosling, Hughes; Sarr, Pedro, Sema
Bournemouth’s recent slump in form have made sure that they start this clash at the seventh place whereas Watford is sitting comfortably at third place. Jonathan Woodgate would like to win the game to put pressure back on other clubs in top 6 but the Hornets are in good form coming into this game and might prove just a bit too much for the Cherries.
Bournemouth 1-2 Watford