While Watford may have suffered a dramatic collapse and only snatched an FA Cup replay against League One outfit Tranmere last weekend, the Hornets have enjoyed quite the resurge and will make the trip to the Vitality on Sunday afternoon.
Picking up a 2-1 win over European hopefuls Wolves on New Year’s Day, new boss Nigel Pearson has seen his side land back-to-back Premier League victories and are in the midst of a five-match unbeaten run across all competitions.
On the flip side, while Bournemouth may have booked their spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup last week, the Cherries still find themselves in the midst of what is becoming an extended crisis.
Hit with what was a New Year’s Day hammering away at fellow relegation scrappers West Ham, the Cherries have now dropped into the bottom-three and have lost eight of their last 10 top-flight appearances.
In a battle between two sides simply looking to extend their Premier League status, you might be interested to know that three of the last four meetings between Watford and Bournemouth have finished in a draw and another stalemate can be found at 12/5 with Betfair.
Bournemouth in freefall
While Bournemouth may have picked up what was an expected 4-0 win over Championship strugglers Luton in the FA Cup last weekend, the Cherries are firmly at the heart of a crisis.
Hit with a 4-0 hammering away at West Ham on New Year’s Day, a result labelled as one of the worst in the club’s Premier League history, under-pressure boss Eddie Howe has seen his side record just a single top-flight victory since the 2nd of November.
Now priced at 6/4 with Coral to be hit with the drop this season, a huge part of Bournemouth’s continued issues has come down to some rather glaring struggles in the final third.
With attacking talisman Callum Wilson failing to find the net in each of his previous 13 Premier League appearances, Sunday’s hosts have not recorded a strike in back-to-back matchups and have just one goal to their name in over 360 minutes of action.
Also drawing a blank in five of their last seven top-flight outings, you might be interested to know that Howe’s men can be found priced at 5/2 with Paddy Power to once again fail to find the net this weekend.
Watford’s attacking improvements
Although Watford might have seen Tranmere come from three goals down to snatch a famous FA Cup replay last week, the Hornets have made a string of improvements since bringing in one-time Leicester boss Nigel Pearson.
Now sat just two points adrift of safety and knowing that victory this weekend could see them find a route out of the bottom-three, Sunday’s guests have now landed back-to-back Premier League victories off of Wolves and a thumping 3-0 win against Aston Villa.
Undoubtedly still boosted by what was another stunning performance in their 2-0 victory over Manchester United last month, Pearson’s men also have a growing reputation for their recent showings in the final third.
Along with attacking talisman Troy Deeney continuing to shine, one man to keep an eye out for on the South Coast will be former Barcelona winger, Gerard Deulofeu.
Once again finding the net against Wolves on New Year’s Day, the 25-year-old has two goals in his last three Premier League appearances and can be found at 9/4 with William Hill to extend on his tally this weekend.