After a return to winning ways for the Cherries on Monday night at home to Crystal Palace, they now travel to Hertfordshire to face Watford who like Bournemouth have made an impressive start to the season.
Arguably the biggest plus from Monday nights victory was the fact that Bournemouth were able to come through with the win despite not being at their best for large parts of the game, especially the periods surrounding half time in which Palace asserted their dominance. In the end though, Junior Stanislas was able to score a penalty with his first touch of the match and mark his home return with the match winner.
Watford along with Bournemouth have probably been the two surprise packages at the beginning of the new season with both sitting in very respectable positions in 6th & 7th respectively. The Hornets have deployed a 4-4-2 formation so far this campaign without making a single change to the starting 11 to date and are likely to stick with this approach going into Saturday’s game. A very direct approach has served the Hertfordshire outfit well and it will be interesting to see how Bournemouth will set up to cope with this on Saturday.
Opposition player to look out for – Roberto Pereyra
The Argentine playmaker has carried his form from the back end of last season into this and has been a real catalyst for Watfords impressive start to the season. Cutting in from the left flank, Adam Smith will have to be on his A game to prevent Pereyra from having an effect on the game.
Watford – A number of players remain out long term for The Hornets such as Gerard Deulofeu & Tom Cleverley while Daryl Janmaat & Nathaniel Chalobah are also unlikely to play a part against Bournemouth.
Likely Line up – Ben Foster; Marc Navarro, Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele, Jose Holebas; Will Hughes, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Etienne Capoue, Roberto Pereyra; Troy Deeney, Andre Gray
Bournemouth – Charlie Daniels made his return in an under 21s match during the week and may make his full return against Watford other than that it remains a clean bill of health for The Cherries.
Likely Line up – Asmir Begovic; Simon Francis, Steve Cook, Nathan Ake, Adam Smith; David Brooks, Lewis Cook, Jefferson Lerma, Ryan Fraser; Josh King, Callum Wilson
Score Prediction: Watford 2-2 Bournemouth
With both sides making impressive starts to the season, it is likely to be a tight affair at Vicarage Road with both sides more than capable of creating chances.