Preview: Bournemouth v Watford

Bournemouth will be targeting their first win of the 2017/18 Premier League season when they host a Watford side fresh from a positive result against Liverpool.

The Cherries lost their opening league clash of the season 1-0 at West Brom last weekend when a free kick resulted in a headed winner from defender Ahmed Hegazy.

However, manager Eddie Howe’s charges haven’t lost against the Hornets in seven games, drawing six. Both Premier League ties between the sides ended in a 2-2 draw last season.

Howe told his pre-match press conference: “We’ve had some really good battles with Watford, back to our Championship days where we won some and lost some. In the Premier League they’ve been competitive games.”

In team news, veteran striker Jermain Defoe is expected to make his first start after coming off the bench in the opening game, but Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson are sidelined while a late fitness test awaits Simon Francis.

Meanwhile, Marco Silva’s Watford will be feeling confident after holding Liverpool to a 3-3 draw in their opening Premier League game of the campaign. Stefano Okaka, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Miguel Britos got on the scorescheet for the hosts.

When asked about the upcoming clash, Silva told his press conference: “Eddie Howe is a young, good manager who did well in the last few seasons. They play good football and to play in that stadium is really difficult.”

Striker Troy Deeney may play a vital role for Watford in this game, considering he has scored five goals and provided one assist in his last seven league games against the Cherries. Deeney has recently recovered from a groin problem and is likely to start.

The visitors will still be without Mauro Zarate, but Christian Kabasele and Brice Dja Djedje are likely to be available. Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pererya, and Younes Kaboul are doubts due to minor muscle injuries picked up against Liverpool.

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