Bournemouth vs Watford – Saturday 19th August 2017 – 15:00 

Bournemouth are 19/20 with Jermain Defoe at 9/2 to score first.

Bournemouth face Watford at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon, in the second round of games in the Premier League.

The Cherries come into this match on the back of a 1-0 defeat against West Brom, a tough result for Eddie Howe's side.

Ahmed Hegazi scored the only goal of the match for West Brom, with a header from a corner enough to win the match (31).

Bournemouth dominated possession with 71% of the ball, but they failed to make it count with only nine shots, and two on target.

West Brom registered an incredible 16 shots and 6 on target with their 29% of the ball, decisive from Pulis' side.

Tough Start

Bournemouth had an excellent campaign last season, enjoying a top ten finish and finishing level on points with Southampton.

Eddie Howe has done an exceptional job with Bournemouth, bringing them up the leagues and keeping them in the top division.

In light of last weekend's defeat this game takes on extra importance, with the Cherries needing to maximise their home form.

The signing of Jermain Defoe will be a crucial acquisition, along with the signing of Ake and Asmir Begovic.

Cherries Favourites

Eddie Howe's side come into this match as favourites, despite last weekend's results.

This will be a tough match for Bournemouth, with Watford enjoying an excellent comeback last weekend.

Bournemouth will be looking to maintain their eight game unbeaten streak against Watford.


New Season

The Hornets come into this match in mixed form, securing a dramatic late draw against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.

Stefano Okaka gave the hosts an early lead at Vicarage Road (8), Liverpool's defence again in question.

Sadio Mane levelled the scoring for Liverpool just before the half hour mark (29), making it 1-1.

That lead lasted just three minutes, with Abdoulaye Doucoure giving Watford the lead for the second time in the match (32).

Mohammed Salah was brought down in the box by Heurehlo Gomes, Roberto Firmino stepping up to score a penalty (55).

Liverpool completed the turnaround in the 57th minute, with Mohammed Salah turning from provider to scorer to make it 3-2.

Watford left it late to equalise, with Miguel Britos stoppage time strike levelling the score for the Hornets (90+3).

Pressure On Silva 

The Hornets will be looking to continue their strong start to the season, they face Bournemouth at the Vitality.

The early goal from Stefano Okaka was the first goal that the Hornets have scored from open play in 10 hours.

Bournemouth will be a tough proposition especially at home, Marco Silva's side will have to be at their best to get a point.

Hornets Underdogs

Watford come into this match as the underdogs, despite their exploits against Liverpool last weekend.

The Hornets will be looking to win this fixture, despite facing a Cherries side that finished 9th last season.

Watford will be looking for their first win in eight matches against the Cherries, their last a 2-0 win in the 2013 League cup.

Watford are 14/5 with Andre Gray, Stefano Okaka and Troy Deeney are all at 7/1 to open the scoring.


Betting Tips

Tip 1 – Defoe to score first @ 9/2

Tip 2 – Bournemouth to win 2-1 @ 15/2

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