Two sides who are desperately looking to kick-start their Premier League campaign, relegation scrappers Watford will host a stalling Bournemouth at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
Left heartbroken by seeing Tottenham snatch that most controversial of the late equalizer’s in North London last weekend, the Hornets are still the only side searching for their first top-flight victory and find themselves still sat at the foot of the table.
On the flip side, Watford are not the only side who find themselves in the midst of a rut.
Only managing to snatch a lacklustre 0-0 draw against fellow drop zone scrappers Norwich on the South Coast last time out, Bournemouth have failed to win any of their last four matches across all competitions.
Remarkably, with the two sides playing out a 3-3 draw the last time they met back in January, six of the last eight meetings between the two sides have ended in a deadlock. You might be interested to know that a seventh draw between Watford and Bournemouth can be found at 13/5 with Bet365.
Watford – The relegation favourites?
Although returning boss Quique Sánchez Flores may have seen his side put in arguably their best performance away at Spurs last the weekend, Watford could only muster a draw, a result that left many around Vicarage Road furious.
With Dele Alli’s injury-time strike controversial allowed to stand in North London, Saturday’s hosts are now the only side in England’s top-tier looking for their first victory.
Now sat three points adrift at the foot of the table, it is no surprise that the Hornets are tipped by the bookmakers as one of the leading contenders to find themselves in the drop zone come May.
Watford are currently pencilled in at 1/1 with William Hill to suffer a Championship return this season, only behind Norwich who find themselves sat at 8/11.
Scoring just a single goal in their last four Premier League matchups, Watford can be found at 4/1 with Ladbrokes to draw another blank on Saturday.
Showing some real struggles in the final third, Watford have also been hit by the news that attacking talisman and skipper Troy Deeney has seen his return from injury backdated.
Despite many around Vicarage Road hoping that the 31-year-old would return this weekend, Flores has confirmed that Deeney has still not fully recovered.
Bournemouth need a bounce
While Norwich’s trip to the Vitality last weekend was seen as a golden chance for Bournemouth to pick up a much-needed three points, Eddie Howe saw his men put in yet another lacklustre display.
Missing the chance to climb into the top-four after returning from the international break, the one-time Burnley boss has seen his men fail to win any of their last four matches across all formats.
Much like Saturday’s hosts, they are not the only side who have shown some issues in the final third.
Drawing a blank over the weekend, Bournemouth have now failed to find the net in back-to-back appearances for the first time since February. You might be interested to know that the Cherries can be found as high as 5/2 with Ladbrokes to draw a shock blank this weekend.
While many on the South Coast were dreaming of their side clinching just their third top half finish come next summer, their poor run has seen those chances take a major dent with the bookmakers.
The Cherries now sit at 5/2 with 888Sport to finish in the top-10 this season, behind both Crystal Palace and West Ham.