Eddie Howe looking to rejuvenate home form displayed last season with a win over Watford this Saturday.
BOURNEMOUTH fans will expect the unexpected this season as Howe’s entertaining style of football will ensure they aren’t short of drama on the south coast, with strikers raring to go.
Jermain Defoe came off the bench against West Brom last Saturday and his potential start could spark a partnership with the lively Joshua King, adding more firepower to an already strong selection of forwards.
Their disappointing 1-0 loss away at West Brom demonstrated a strong possession based philosophy ,with 71% of the ball retained, and were beaten merely by a set-piece, that was headed through the legs of newly signed keeper Asmir Begovic.
The defending of the corner was poor, an area where Eddie Howe will look to improve, after a series of poor defensive displays last year.
In contrast, Watford manager Marco Silva will feel he can exploit Bournemouth’s weakness as they did against Liverpool leading to 2 goals from corners in a 3-3 draw at Vicarage road.
The Hornets will be eager to unleash new man Andre Gray, the explosive striker could bring the ideal style to run in behind the creativity of Argentine Roberto Pereyra.
The game will no doubt provide a great spectacle, with players on both sides capable of causing danger and certainly capable of multiple goals.
When is Bournemouth vs Watford?
The Cherries will play their first home game on Saturday, August 19.
The fixture will take place at the Vitality stadium
The match will kick off at 3pm
What TV channel is Bournemouth vs Watford?
Although the game will not be live you can follow it on the SunSport live blog.
- Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Watford, although six have ended level, including all four meetings in the Premier League.
- The Hornets ended the 2016-17 Premier League campaign by losing their last seven away games. They last went on a longer run in May 2000 (10 away PL defeats in a row).
- All four meetings between Bournemouth and Watford in the Premier League have ended all square – no Premier League fixture has seen a draw in each of its first five matches.
- Watford are without a win in their last seven Premier League contests (D1 L6) – they last went on a longer winless run in January 2007 where they went 11 games without victory.
- No current Premier League side (exc. promoted teams) has kept fewer clean sheets in 2017 than Watford and Bournemouth (4 – also level with WBA).
- The Cherries lost their first two games of the Premier League campaign in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 and suffered a 0-1 defeat away to WBA on MD1 in 2017-18.
- Bournemouth have conceded 135 goals in the Premier League since they were promoted in 2015, more than any other top-flight side.
- Troy Deeney has been directly involved in six goals in seven league appearances against Bournemouth for Watford (five goals, one assist).
- Bournemouth’s Josh King scored in both 2-2 draws between the two sides last season, while teammate Benik Afobe has found the net three times in his last five league apps versus Watford and for three different sides.
- Heurelho Gomes has started every single one of Watford’s 77 Premier League games since 2015-16 and has more Premier League starts and appearances for the club than any other player.
The injuries inflicted upon Roberto Pereyra, Daryl Janmaat and Younes Kaboul on Saturday are not serious, it has been confirmed, although it is unclear whether they will play.
Watford defender Tommie Hoban has a serious injury, he will face a heavy spell on the sidelines.