Watford head coach Xisco Munoz on the touchline at Vicarage Road

Bournemouth will be looking to beat Watford at the Vitality Stadium for the first time since 2015, whilst Watford will be looking to strengthen their automatic promotion hopes by condemning Bournemouth to their third consecutive defeat.

Five years ago, the two clubs were fighting for automatic promotion when the Cherries ran out 2-0 winners after Watford centre-back Gabriel Angella was sent off 30 seconds into the game.

However, once in the Premier League together, Bournemouth failed to triumph over Watford in front of their own fans. Likewise, Watford failed to register a home win  against Bournemouth during their five year stay in the Premier League.

It could possibly be another disappointing day for the home side, with Jason Tindall’s successor Jonathan Woodgate falling to defeat at the hands of Cardiff City midweek, who have leapfrogged them into sixth.

The Cherries have fallen out of the play-offs, winning just two of their last ten, meanwhile, Watford have hit red hot form under Xisco Muñoz and will be looking to put the pressure on promotion rivals Norwich, Brentford and Swansea, who will go into their games knowing the final score in Dorset.

In the reverse fixture, Chris Mepham scored a 95th-minute equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw for Bournemouth.

The visitors may have Nathaniel Chalobah back in time for the game, as the England international was rested midweek after playing through illness last week against Derby County, which would deny the opportunity of Dan Gosling starting against his former side.

Jonathan Woodgate will be without David Brooks who is sidelined for the next 4-5 weeks with an ankle problem. Dominic Solanke could feature on the bench, but Shane Long is expected to start, with the Irishman scoring in his last two appearances.

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