Six dropped points in the Championship for Eddie Howe's side have seen second placed Derby County close the gap. A win on Friday evening can lift them three points clear, however has the tide turned for the south coast side?
Bournemouth have hit a sticky patch and the chasing pack have caught up with them in what is an extremely congested Championship table. They will struggle to return to winning ways on Friday evening against a Watford side which have scored twelve goals in their last two matches.
The Hornets have never been far from the top two and a win would see them claw their way into third place in the Championship table. Indeed, 25 goals from 9 games is an extremely impressive statistic and the north London side will be confident of adding more to their tally against a Cherries side who appear to have lost their way since the New Year.
Bournemouth lost their last home game, Norwich City going home with a 2-1 win on that occasion and Watford look set to add to their woes with another win. The Hornets start this match as outsiders at 10/3, an extremely generous price given their current form. The Watford strikeforce have been operating at their very best and they should find a way past a Cherries defence which has managed just three clean sheets in their last thirteen games.
What this match does promise is plenty of goals. Watford’s five games this year so far have averaged over 5 goals in each and Bournemouth’s last eleven outings have seen a total of over 40 goals. As such, we have no hesitation in backing this trend to continue, over 3.5 goals up for grabs at 9/5 with 888sport.
Watford have been in the ascendancy of late, Bournemouth moving in the opposite direction. As such, we’re backing a Watford win with both teams scoring. The Cherries have been struggling to maintain their pre-Christmas form, however they have failed to score in just two matches from their last 21 outings and we expect that record to remain intact on Saturday afternoon.
Our betting tips
Watford win, both teams scoring – Bet365 6/1
Over 3.5 Goals – 888sport 9/5
Watford to win – Betfred 10/3
All odds were correct at time of posting.