Tip Bournemouth - Watford
Both Bournemouth and Watford are seeking a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking and promotion will be among the stakes as they face off at Vitality Stadium. Hosts Bournemouth are seventh in the league, with 49 points and Watford third on 60 points. Bournemouth have lost their last two matches, locking them out of the promotion playoff slots but that remains in touching distance. They’d be happier getting an automatic promotion slot, but that’s 11 points away. The Cherries started the season well but have slumped lately, and in their last 10 matches in the Championship, they’ve won just twice, and lost six. With just two clean sheets in the 10 matches, they have more to do in their promotion quest. Bournemouth are coming from a 2-1 home loss to Cardiff City, which was their third in five home games in the league. Three of their last four Championship games at home have produced over 2.5 goals.
Watford, on the other hand, are unbeaten in their last five matches, with four wins therein. They’re out of the automatic promotion slots only on goal difference and one loss in the last 10 league matches suggests they can go for it. The Hornets have scored 12 goals in the last four Championship matches and carry a five-match undefeated run away from home in the league. They have three clean sheets in the five away league matches and will be hoping to improve on the 1-1 draw they managed in this fixture in October. In the last four meetings between these two sides, Watford are unbeaten but three have ended in draws.
Key points Bournemouth - Watford
Watford are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Bournemouth.
Bournemouth have two wins in the last 10 Championship matches.
Bournemouth have three losses in the last five Championship matches at home.
Watford have four straight wins ahead of this game.
Bournemouth have kept just two clean sheets in the last 10 Championship matches.
Conclusion Bournemouth - Watford
Bournemouth have been on a bad run lately and their quest for promotion has been hit. They go to this game from two straight losses, meeting a Watford side with four straight wins, and just one loss in 10 league matches. Watford are also unbeaten in recent meetings with Bournemouth and with their recent form, back them for a win here.
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Bournemouth Watford Prediction published on February 25, 2021