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Watford vs AFC Bournemouth at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel



, Kiko Femenía ‘13' , Roberto Pereyra ‘49'

AFC Bournemouth

, Joshua King ‘43' (Pen) , Jermain Defoe ‘92'
FT 31st March 2018 3:00 PM
Vicarage Road
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    Visitors' guide for Watford game


    AFC Bournemouth face Watford on Saturday and plenty of supporters are travelling to Vicarage Road.

    For those that are joining us against the Hornets, here are two handy guides to read before making the journey.

    To read Watford's 2017/18 away fans' guide, click here.

    Watford's access statement can be read here.

    Mousset doubtful for Watford

    Lys Mousset dribbles with the ball in training.

    AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe revealed that Lys Mousset is a doubt for Saturday's game with Watford.

    Mousset had an illness which meant he didn't play for the French under-21s side, while Adam Smith is also a doubt with an injury picked up before the international break.

    The boss said: "Everyone has come back from international duty.

    "The majority have come back fit which is really pleasing, and we're delighted for the guys that did very well.

    "There are one or two players we will have to check before the Watford game.

    "Lys Mousset had a nasty illness away with France and that's why he didn't play.

    "Apart from that we look OK heading into the weekend, we've had good preparation for the game."


    Five point preview: Watford


    AFC Bournemouth head to Vicarage Road this Saturday to take on Watford, who sit one place below the Cherries in 11th.

    Eddie Howe will be hoping his side can record back-to-back wins following the victory over West Brom, whilst the Hornets will be looking to forget their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    Ahead of the clash, here are five points to look out for surrounding the fixture.

    Bouncing back

    Watford will be looking to bounce back from their last performance before the international break. A 5-0 defeat at Anfield made for a long couple of weeks without a league game, with a rampant Mo Salah doing the damage with four goals against the Hornets.

    Nevertheless, wins over both West Brom and Everton paved the way for a successful February, meaning the club lie just one place below the Cherries in 11th.

    Managerial change


    Last time the Cherries played Watford, on the second day of the season, Marco Silva was in charge. This time, former Malaga and Rubin Kazan manager Javi Gracia will be on the touchline at Vicarage Road.

    The change in management means that Watford are one of seven teams that AFC Bournemouth will face this season who have a different manager at the helm since first meeting earlier in the campaign.

    West Brom, Stoke, Everton and Leicester have already played the Cherries twice, all with a different manager in charge for the two fixtures, whilst Southampton and Swansea will follow in the run in. 

    12 in a row

    The Cherries’ 2-1 win over West Brom earlier this month meant that Eddie Howe’s side have now scored in 12 successive Premier League games, achieving a new club top-flight record in the process.

    The run dates back to the 3-3 draw with West Ham at Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day, with AFC Bournemouth since putting goals past the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to keep the record going.

    The Cherries will be hoping to add to the tally by scoring for a 13th successive game on Saturday.

    Cathcart returns 

    The Hornets can be buoyed by the fitness of Craig Cathcart, who returned to first team football with his country, Northern Ireland, over the international break.

    The defender came on as a 68th minute substitute as his side defeated South Korea 2-1 in Belfast, his first minutes since sustaining an injury during Watford’s fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion in August.

    Last eight against the Hornets


    AFC Bournemouth and Watford have a fairly consistent record when it comes to previous matches against one another.

    Coincidently, of the last eight fixtures the two sides have played out, six have ended in draws whilst the other two have seen one win for each of Saturday’s opponents.

    The Cherries last overcame a Watford side back in 2015, when goals from Yann Kermorgant and Matt Ritchie secured the three points, after Gabriele Angella was sent off for the Hornets in the first minute!

    Blue kit to be worn at Watford

    The AFC Bournemouth crest as it appears on the club's new away short.

    AFC Bournemouth will don their blue away kit at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

    The Cherries travel to face Watford, who sit 11th in the Premier League table, one spot below Eddie Howe’s side in tenth.

    This weekend will be the fourth time this season that AFC Bournemouth have sported their blue away kit, having also worn it at Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United.

    The Cherries will be looking to add to the win at St. James’ Park, where Steve Cook’s last minute header secured the three points up north.

    Ahead of the weekend, you can get your away shirt here

    Ref Watch: Madley's Premier League bow

    Andy Madley brandishes a red card during AFC Bournemouth v Fulham.

    Referee Andy Madley will take charge of AFC Bournemouth's game with Watford at the weekend, which will be his first Premier League game as a referee.

    The 34-year-old, the older brother of Bobby Madley, has been an assistant referee in the Premier League this season, but will officiate his first game this weekend.

    Andy has refereed across English football this season, in the Emirates FA Cup, Carabao Cup and across the Football League.

    This won't be his first Cherries match in charge this campaign either, as he oversaw our FA Cup third round tie with Wigan Athletic at Vitality Stadium.

    That game included, this season so far has seen him officiate 36 matches, with only one red card dished out in the process.

    He'll be assisted by Peter Kirkup, Constantine Hatzidakis and Craig Pawson.



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