Watford vs Bournemouth Match Preview.
AFC Bournemouth are the visitors to Vicarage Road tomorrow, in what will be the early kick off in the Sky Bet Championship which will be televised on Sky Sports. Watford will be hoping to build on their 1-0 away win over Blackpool in midweek and extend their unbeaten home form in the Championship this season.
The Hornets currently lie in 3rd position in the Championship and a win tomorrow could send them top of the table depending on results. Whereas, Bournemouth lie in 15th position and the Cherries have hit a poor run of form of late and are without a win in 5 league matches.
During the two league games between the sides last season, Watford thumped Bournemouth 6-1 at Vicarage Road in August 2013 with Troy Deeney scoring a hat-trick, the first to do so in Watford colours for ten years. In January, the Golden Boys were held to a 1-1 draw at Dean Court after Lewis Grabban equalised from the penalty spot. Grabban had another penalty saved minutes later by Manuel Almunia in a match which saw Gabrielle Angella dismissed. The Hornets also recorded a 2-0 win over the South Coast club in the second round of the Capital One Cup at Vicarage Road.
The Cherries had a fantastic 2013/14 season and were seen as potential play off dark horses towards the end of the season. The form of striker Lewis Grabban was key to the clubs impressive second half of the season and the 26 year old scored 22 goals as the Cherries finished in an impressive 10th position.
Grabban has now left the club for Norwich for an undisclosed fee and Callum Wilson was the man brought in to fill the former Rotherham mans shoes. Wilson has proved to be an excellent signing, after he joined the South Coast side from Coventry and has scored five goals to date including two on the opening day of the season. Undoubtedly, Wilson will be the Cherries danger man tomorrow with his pace and trickery, so the Hornets defence will have to keep a close eye on the 22 year old striker who has started the season in red hot form.
Eddie Howe is the manager of Bournemouth and he has done an excellent job at the club since returning back in 2012 from Burnley. After guiding the Cherries to promotion to League 1 in his first spell at the club, Howe then helped Bournemouth secure promotion to the Championship in the 2012/13 season. The 36 year old did a superb job last season and the Cherrie’s were touted as promotion dark horses during the second half of the 2013/14 season due to their fantastic form. In the end, the Cherries finished in 10th position in what was an excellent season for the South Coast club.
Despite their bad run of form at the moment, Bournemouth have proved that they can be a useful outfit and with the pace of strike Callum Wilson up front, it will be another tough test for Watford tomorrow at Vicarage Road in front of the Sky cameras.
For Watford, skipper Troy Deeney is out through a hamstring injury which he suffered in the dieing seconds of the clubs 0-1 away win over Blackpool on Tuesday night. Keith Andrews is also out with a calf problem. However, the Hornets will be boosted by the return of Fernando Forestieri and Gianni Munari who have both recovered from their hamstring problems.
For Bournemouth, Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc could make his debut after signing on loan until January. Dan Gosling faces a fitness test whilst striker Tokelo Rantie is out. Marc Pugh, Charlie Daniels and Eunan O’Kane could feature.
Predicted Team Line-ups.
Watford – Gomes (GK), Paredes, Angella, Ekstrand, Pudil; Abdi ©, Tozser; Anya, Forestieri, Dyer; Vydra.
Bournemouth – Boruc (GK), Francis, Elphick ©, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Wilson, Kermorgant.
Referee – Oliver Langford.