At the beginning of the season both these sides would have been tipped for mid-table mediocrity and a safe bet to stay up, though they both now sit in the relegation zone as we creep into the back end of the season.
Despite Bournemouth sitting one place, and one point, above Watford down near the bottom, they are heading in vastly different directions.
Eddie Howe’s men have now lost eight of their last 10 fixtures, dropping them all the way from seventh to the relegation zone, while the manner of which seem to be getting worse, with 2-0 and 4-0 defeats in their last two matches against Brighton and West Ham respectively, whereas Nigel Pearson seems to have put the sting back in the Hornets.
Pearson’s no-nonsense approach seems to be working wonders as Watford have won three of their last four unbeaten games, taking town Wolves and Man United in that time too.
However, it is unclear how they’ll fare away from Vicarage Road, considering all three of those victories came on home soil.
In fact, Watford’s away from is identical to Bournemouth’s current home run, going W1-D2-L3 dating back to Gameweek 11, though with the contrasting aura around both clubs at the moment, it’s difficult to see how the hosts are favourites and they seem well worth taking on.
Watford To Beat Bournemouth
The head-to-head record between these two sides makes for interesting reading as there’s absolutely nothing to separate them, each going W1-D7-L1 over their nine premier league meetings as the home team has never come out victorious.
They also went W1-D2-L1 in their two Championship seasons prior to promotion, though they’ve both tended to be evenly poised heading into these contests and current form would suggest the away win is the value bet.
Since Pearson’s expected opening defeat to Liverpool, his side are averaging two goals per game from their last four outings and with Nathan Ake still out for Bournemouth who are conceding that same amount on average over their last four, it appears goals could well be on the cards for the visitors who have an abundance of pace to counter with out wide.
Gerard Deulofeu To Score Anytime
Ismaila Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu provide the obvious threat away from home, while Troy Denney looks too short a price considering his last five league goals dating back to March have come at Vicarage Road, while Sarr hasn’t proven consistent enough to get behind.
It’s the Spaniard Deulofeu that piques our interest having scored in two in his last three, including in a tricky away game at Bramall lane where he broke free from the defence, while he also possesses a threat from free kicks.
Moreover, the winger is currently their top scorer and is averaging more shots per game than any of his teammates and looks the best threat.
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