Watford vs Bournemouth: Match Preview
Posted by Sean Walker | Published on February 27, 2016
Watford Vs Bournemouth will be played on Saturday 27th February at Vicarage Road. Watford were promoted with Bournemouth in the Championship, however Bournemouth won the title on the final day after Watford couldn’t beat Sheffield Wednesday and Bournemouth beat Charlton 3-0 away.
Recent form of both teams
Watford go into this game winning four of their last six games in all competitions with two wins in the F.A. Cup and the other two in the league. Bournemouth on the other hand have won two in their last six games with one of the wins coming against Portsmouth in league 2, 3 divisions below the Cherries. Bournemouth’s only win in the league in their last six games was a 2-1 win Vs Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the same result Watford got in the latest set of fixtures in the Premier League.
Key players – Bournemouth
Matt Ritchie was always going to be included. Ritchie was signed from Swindon Town for £400,000 ‘behind Ritchie’s back’ according to the Swindon boss at the time Paulo Di Canio. Bournemouth have bagged a bargain with the Scotsman, he was essential for Bournemouth getting promotion scoring 15 goals as a right winger. Ritchie has scored three goals this year with one of them being a goal of the season contender against Sunderland, and he will hope for something similar on Saturday, maybe not on the same level however.
Benik Afobe. Even though he only signed last month, he has been a real impact on this Bournemouth side who are desperate to stay in the Premier League. With Afobe already scoring three goals in six games and being such a promising English striker. Ten million almost seems like a bargain, however time will tell. He is a definite threat and I think that Bournemouth will most likely score their goals through him.
I think that Harry Arter is one of Bournemouth’s main threats. He may not necessarily be a goal scorer, however he is technically gifted. He has a great passing ability, he works incredibly hard, he’s very creative and he can score long distance goals. Watford found this out when Arter scored last year at Vicarage Road from 25 yards out. The fans favourite Harry Arter was signed from Woking in non-league in 2010 and has since scored 25 goals in 100 games.
Key Players – Watford
Odion Ighalo was always going to be here and you know it. Odion Ighalo has been a revelation since he joined from Granada, a Spanish side in the top division owned by the same chairman, scoring the most goals in calendar year across all top four divisions with 30 goals. This season however, Ighalo has scored an astonishing 14 goals with Watford relying on him if Watford are struggling. Odion has only made three assists this season reflecting his poor passing accuracy. One that specifically stood out for me was in the dying moments of the game vs Sunderland where Ighalo was one on one with a defender, he was going nowhere and he had Anya with him. All Ighalo had to do was square the ball and the three points would have been sealed yet he still took on the shoot and it was wayward. That is the only problem with Ighalo for me, yet it’s a big problem if you are playing in this Watford team.
Heurelho Gomes has been a key player for Watford this year, without a doubt. He’s made many key saves to keep Watford in games. His kicking isn’t great, however Watford fans including me, were wondering how he could have gained such a bad reputation. We saw his dark side with his performance against Leicester away. He was really upset but all Watford fans know how crucial he is for us and what he does. That was his only poor performance of the year for me. All Watford fans are hoping for his good side against The Cherries.
Etienne Capoue has been the best purchase of the busy summer transfer window. He had a poor run of games in January but he’s back to his best. The Frenchman could sprint for the full 90 minutes it seems. He works incredibly hard and is technically gifted on the ball. You don’t often get a holding midfielder with a brilliant set of skills, brilliant defensively and a great range of passing ability. Ighalo needs to teach Capoue how to shoot however!
Injuries and doubts for the game
Bournemouth have been one of the teams affected worse by injuries in the Premier League. Wilson, Gradel and Mings are still all out injured. Elphick is a doubt after just returning from injury, however good news for Bournemouth fans as the knock picked up by Juan Manuel Iturbe is gone and trained with the first team side.
Watford have been very lucky with injuries this season, the complete opposite of Bournemouth. Jurado is injured still so he will miss the game Saturday, that is the only injury concern for the Hornets.
Watford Vs Bournemouth has been a very controversial game over the years. Due to this Watford have almost gained a rivalry with Bournemouth.
10th August 2013 Watford v AFC Bournemouth W 6-1 Championship
Watford’s first game back after their disappointing 1-0 loss in the playoff final at Wembley was a 6-1 thrashing over Bournemouth where Troy Deeney scored his first and only hat-trick as it stands for Watford.
28 Aug 2013 Watford v AFC Bournemouth W 2-0 League Cup
Watford later that same month drew The Cherries out the hat as they cruised to a comfortable win as Christian Battachio scored a delightful chip.
18 Jan 2014 AFC Bournemouth v Watford D 1-1 League Championship
In the reverse fixture, Bournemouth were a handful at their home ground. Angella was grabbing all the headlines as he scored the opening goal on the stroke of half-time. Later however, he conceded a penalty and got himself sent off and Lewis Grabban converted it.
20 Sep 2014 Watford v AFC Bournemouth D 1-1 League Championship
This game was early on in the season, nonetheless it was evident that both teams were pushing for a promotion spot. The game started with Tamas making a needless mistake in his own half, then getting out muscled by Callum Wilson. As he entered the box, Tamas brought him down in the area and Bournemouth were given a penalty 3 minutes into the game. Ian Harte the veteran surprisingly put it wide of the goal and Watford got away with it. After not much happening Harry Arter scored a wonder goal from 25 yards out. Watford did not create any chances after the goal. Cathcart scored a wonderful volley from a corner, however it was not even a half chance!
30 Jan 2015 AFC Bournemouth v Watford L 2-0 League Championship
Watford had a disappointing game in general Vs Bournemouth this time round however. The game was killed 30 seconds in. Yes, 30 seconds. Callum Wilson knocked it past Angella and the touch was so heavy the ball went to Gomes. The referee did not see it that way and when he reached into his pocket, Watford fans must have been thinking that it is very harsh too book him 30 seconds into the game, so you can only imagine how they felt when he pulled out a red card. Watford had no chances and Gomes did fantastic to keep it at 2-0.
03 Oct 2015 AFC Bournemouth v Watford D 1-1 Premier League
Watford were very lucky to bring back a point back to Hertfordshire. Again this one ended 1-1. Glenn Murray scored in the first half, relatively early on and it was one of those games where Watford just did not turn up, Then Distin played a pass back to the goalkeeper and Boruc stupidly made a soft pass back to Distin which Ighalo read. Odion faked his shot and passed it into the empty net. Bournemouth controversially got a penalty with 5 minutes left, Gomes saved Watford again and the Hornets left with a point.