After a undeserved 2-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend, it’s time for Watford to turn their attention to what can be seen as a more favourable run of games.
This Saturday sees Watford return to Vicarage Road to face a Bournemouth side who always turn up against the Hornets. Eddie Howe’s men have been a thorn in our side ever since the days of battling it out for the Championship title.
Despite Watford’s trip to the Emirates ultimately ending in defeat, there were plenty of positives to take out of the performance. Many a neutral would claim Watford were the better side that day, with squandered chances and lapses in concentration costing us the points.
However, it is clear that to move forward as a side, clinical finishing will be required to put games to bed, just like the story against Fulham a week previous. On a more positive note, there has been no game this season for which Javi Gracia’s side cannot make an argument for deserving a points return. If this trend continues for the rest of the season, the Hornets can set their targets much higher then just avoiding the drop.
However, performances do no win games alone, and despite good performances, Andre Gray and Troy Deeney need to find the back of the net on a more consistent basis.
Bournemouth come into the game off of a great start to the season, and a well earned victory against Crystal Palace. They have forever been a unit under Eddie Howe capable of anything, and this game will no doubt be as fiercely competitive as the memorable encounters previous. Much like Watford, they are not a side who’s core was heavily changed in the summer, with subtle changes being preferred to wholesale changes in the system.
A trend could be seen to be developing, with sides who believe in the players they have enjoying a better start to the season when compared to those who invested heavily.
I believe their key tailsman Callum Wilson will be the player to watch out for this Saturday, with the striker reportedly in the mind of Gareth Southgate after his impressive start to the season.
The Hornets go into the game with no fresh injury doubts. Daryl Janmaat’s injury will keep him out for over a month with Navarro expected to keep his place after last week’s debut. Gerard Deulfoeu is nearing full fitness and could feature on Saturday after his long absence.
In a game that wont lack controversy, I believe the Hornets will come out on top with a narrow 2-1 victory.
Watford: Foster; Navarro, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra; Gray, Deeney.