Written by Ross Millen (@RossMillen)
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Nerve Sport the challenge for his side is to maintain their form, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to high-flying Watford.
The Hornets have started the season equally as well as Cherries, and only a +3 goal difference separates the two teams in 6th and 7th place.
When asked about Watford’s early season form, Howe stressed: “I think Watford have been playing very well, they lost 2-0 to Arsenal but I don’t think I’ve seen a stronger team at the Emirates Stadium. Don’t be fooled by their last few games.”
It’s the best ever start that Cherries have had in the top flight after seven games. which has seen them gain 13 points from the 21 available.
Speaking exclusively to Nerve Sport, Howe said:
“I felt during pre-season players were in a very good place. There’s been a very good response to what we’ve asked them to do this season. Going into the season I was quietly confident that we were going to do well on the back of how the players are mentally.
“The challenge for us now is to try and maintain that throughout a very difficult season, we’ll have bumps in the road and difficulties to make sure we keep that level of consistency.”
Since promotion to the Premier League in 2015, Cherries have not yet managed to win against Watford across six games – however five of them ended in draws. They’ve only managed to beat the Hornets once in their last 14 games, and only twice in their last 24 matches.
Howe also exclusively told us: “Statistics are always thrown at you but I really don’t think it has any relevance to the next game. We’ve always had difficult games against Watford and I don’t expect this one to be any different.
“Our Premier League games against Watford have been tight games, good games of great quality. Records are made to be broken.”
Either team has a chance to finish the weekend occupying a European football position at this early stage of the season after both enjoying a great start to the campaign.
“It’s difficult to make assumptions this early, but I am seeing a very competitive league compared to the previous seasons we’ve been in. Games are often decided on moments of quality or mistakes.”
Team news ahead of this weekend’s clash:
“Charlie Daniels is making his way back from his knee problem, Junior (Stanislas) is working towards full fitness, and apart from that the squad is at full strength.”
Kick-off tomorrow is at 3pm.