Watford can climb to Championship crest by crushing Cherries
Watford, 9/4 chances with Coral for Championship promotion, are on a six-match unbeaten run against Bournemouth in all competitions, and there is incentive for the 23/20 favourites to earn another victory over the Cherries.
Defeat Eddie Howe’s side at home and, for a short while at least, the Hornets will top the table. The Hertfordshire side smashed Bournemouth 6-1 at Vicarage Road in this fixture last term, and a repeat result here comes in at a cool 200/1. Watford have scored four in each of their last two home league games, however, and are 12/1 chances to net over 3.5 times here again.
A similar drubbing is unlikely for the Cherries, who are 23/10 to take all three points back to the south coast, however, as hosts striker and skipper Troy Deeney misses out with a hamstring problem. Recording another draw, as Bournemouth managed at Dean Court in last term’s reverse fixture, looks the best the visitors can hope for, after two in their last three outings, at 12/5.
Hornets hitman Deeney may be missing, but the Cherries should fear defender Gabriele Angella, who netted three times against them in as many appearances last term. Odds of 7/1 say he can score once more. Watford are also boosted by the news that boss Oscar Garcia has left hospital following chest pains, but his coaches remain in charge until next week.
Fernando Forestieri should replace Deeney in leading the line after recovering from a knee problem, with Matej Vydra continuing wide on the left. Odds of 7/4 say the Argentine-born Italian forward will score anytime. Gianni Munrai may return as midfield anchor in the continuing absence of Keith Andrews.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, will assess the fitness of Dan Gosling, who hurt his ankle in training. South Africa striker Tokelo Rantie should miss out, but top scorer Callum Wilson will give Angella problems defensively. The former Coventry City striker has netted last in two of his previous four appearances, and is a 6/1 shot to do so again here.
Howe could make changes with versatile player Marc Pugh, central midfielder Eunan O’Kane and left-footer Charlie Daniels all in contention for recalls. Yann Kermogant could be the Cherries’ main threat to the Hornets, however, as he has three in his last two outings against them, though these came in Charlton Athletic colours. Attractive odds of 2/1 say he will net anytime.
A wincast featuring Watford and Forestieri looks splendid value at 10/3, though, especially as Mirco Antenucci, a similar type of player, scored against Bournemouth in their midweek loss to Leeds, so bet now.