Watford Looks to Continue Hot Ride Against Bournemouth
Sportsbet.io predicts possible outcomes by analysing previous game stats in Watford’s upcoming match against Bournemouth this weekend as the two relegation teams are locked in for a showdown that would determine the teams’ chances this season.
The two relegation teams are coming off separate results in their recent FA Cup matches as Bournemouth came up with a 4-0 clean sheet win against Luton Town while Watford’s battle against Tranmere ended in a tough 3-3 draw.
Watford’s draw with Tranmere seems to be a little off to be considered as a big factor in their battle against Bournemouth. Hornets boss Nigel Pearson opted to rest his first-team players and allowed a younger, faster second unit to play against the Rovers.
Surprisingly, the younger Hornets were able to play better and came up with a 3-0 lead in the first half. They scored quickly and scored two quick goals in a span of two minutes. Watford was superior in that half but then was gone in the second.
The team had a meltdown in the second half, which allowed Tranmere to storm back starting in the 65th minute, led by Connor Jennings. Paul Mullin’s penalty goal in the 87th minute was the game-tying shot that nearly completed a comeback.
Pearson had no regrets in not playing his first-team players, saying that the Premier League is the team’s main priority. He is trying to avoid adding more players to the team’s long injury list that has hampered them this season.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth impressed with a stunning 4-0 win over Luton Town. Philip Billing scored in both halves to lead his team and was even the player who drew first blood. Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke added goals in the second half to cap off a consistent game for the team.
They had 14 shot attempts in the game, with six of those going on target. They took advantage of 12 corners in the game and dominated with a 64% possession. It was somehow a perfect game for the Cherries as they hounded Luton Town’s goal for most of the game.
Their defence also was present in the game, limiting Luton Town to just one shot on target with a total of seven shot attempts. Luton Town was unable to answer back against Bournemouth’s ravaging play style that led to their loss.
Watford and Bournemouth’s most recent match ended in a scoreless draw, which was back on October 26, 2019. They also had a 3-3 draw in their match last January 2019, which saw them battling in a crazy first half that nearly ended in favour of the Hornets.
The only time that Bournemouth was able to win against Watford was back in June 2018, where Joshua King scored in both halves to lead the Cherries to a 4-0 clean sheet victory.
It seems that it would be an easy win for Bournemouth, assuming that the team continues with the same level of play that they had in their win over Luton Town.
That does not mean that the Hornets will not go down without a fight, as they utilized their young core in that FA Cup draw. The first-team players had their rest, and are battle-ready for their showdown against the Cherries.
Fans will have to wait until the two relegation teams clash this weekend.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores