A win over Watford at Dean Court would see AFC Bournemouth remain top of the Sky Bet Championship for yet another week. Hoping to continue their astounding league form this season, Bournemouth go into the game as league leaders. However, Bournemouth have had a tough time of late against this Watford side.
Eddie Howe’s men go into this game with just the one injury, to Dan Gosling. Tokelo Rantie returns from the AFCON this week. However it is not certain whether he will be a part of the game on Friday. Watford are without any fresh injuries ahead of the game on Friday but Joel Ekstrand, Almen Abdi and Fernando Forestieri are still out.
View from the Dugout
Jason Tindall (Assistant Coach) has had his say on the game, stating that he is expecting “an entertaining game” and expecting plenty of goals from both teams. Tindall is not expecting an easy game though, he states “they’ll be looking to continue their good form” but is positive The Cherries can fight back from a slight dip in form stating that the team will be “looking to get back to winning ways.”
Both teams go into this game on similar form with each team winning 4 and losing 2 of their previous 6 games. Watford’s last 2 games saw them win with a 5 goal advantage in each, beating Charlton 5-0 and Blackpool 7-2 at home. Goal scoring form like this is something Bournemouth need to be cautious of when going into this tie.
Ones to Watch
The Cherries have plenty of players to pick from but in particular, Harry Arter and Matt Ritchie are form players for Bournemouth at the moment. Arter has netted 5 times in his previous 8 league games, whereas Ritchie has 3 in his last 6. Both have also registered an assist in that time. Watford’s man of the moment is Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo who has scored 8 in his last 4 league starts for the club.
In the last 5 meetings between the two promotion contenders we have seen Watford win 3 and draw the other 2. However, in the away fixture this season, Bournemouth did secure a point.
Coverage of the game can be seen on Sky Sports 1 from 7:30 on this Friday (30th January) or alternatively you can go to see the game live at Goldsands Stadium with very limited tickets available here: https://tickets.afcbdirect.co.uk/Online/mapSelect.asp
Bournemouth 3 – 2 Watford
Both teams have goals in them, but given the home advantage I think The Cherries will just edge the win over Watford.