Watford – Bournemouth SOCCER PICKS
Watford and AFC Bournemouth meet at Vicarage Road Stadium, in a match for the 8th round of the Premier League. The record of direct matches played in this stadium indicates total balance between these two teams, since there were 4 draws in the last 4 matches. Indeed, the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 31-03-2018, for the Premier League, which ended in a draw for (2-2). Kiko Femenía (13 ‘) and R. Pereyra (49’) scored the goals of the match, for Watford, and J. King (43 ‘) and J. Defoe (90’), for AFC Bournemouth. Particular attention is required for the home / away condition, since both teams present significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team is currently in the 6 th position of the league, with 13 points won, after 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in an away match against Fulham, by (1-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Arsenal, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 3 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 13 goals scored and 25 conceded; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 25 goals scored and 15 conceded. For the league, Watford won 9 points out of 12 possible points, after 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 6 of the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 6 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In the last 5 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘).
The Watford enters this unmotivated day, after a foreign defeat, by 2-0, in the visit to the land of the Arsenal. The home team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-4-2, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the wings. One of the strengths of the local team is the way they manage to react to a situation of disadvantage. The coach of Watford will not be able to count on Tom Cleverley and Daryl Janmaat, for being injured. Kaboul will also be out, for not having authorization to go to game.
The away team is currently in the 7 th position of the league, with 13 points won, after 4 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Burnley, by (4-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Crystal Palace, by (2-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 away matches Bournemouth has 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 6 of the last 7 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 7 matches for this competition. In 9 matches, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 4 away matches for all competitions: he suffered 3 of his 7 goals between the minutes (31′-45 ‘) and 3 of his 7 between (76′-90’).
Bournemouth enter this motivated performance, after a home win, by 2-1, in the reception at Crystal Palace: Brooks and Stanislas scored the goals of the victory. Like the rival of this day, the foreign team must act in a tactical system in 4-4-2, with the aim of trying to take advantage of the counterattacks. In any case, it is guessed that the Bournemouth adopts a more defensive posture, with the objective of not granting spaces to its adversary. The Bournemouth coach should have all players available for this duel.