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Full time...

Goals from Doucoure, Deeney and Pereyra see Watford leave Vitality Stadium with all three points. 

Thanks for joining us this afternoon and sorry we couldn't get that result for you. 

90'+2'

Goal for Watford.

Pereyra puts it in the back of the net after Fraser had cleared off the line from Gray. 

It's 3-0 to the visitors. 

89'

A final change for Watford...

Deulofeu is the final Hornets man to be withdrawn. Andre Gray is on. 

85'

Another Watford change...

Doucoure is going off for Watford and Quina is on. 

84'

Billing has a go...

Smith's cross is cleared away by Mariappa and it falls to Billing on the edge of the area. 

Bearing in mind last week's two goals from outside the box, he takes a touch and lines up a shot, but it trickles wide of the post. 

82'

A change for Watford...

Sarr is off for the visitors and Pereyra is now on. 

78'

Nice footwork from Surridge...

The striker plays a nice one-two with Fraser and gets it back in the box. He beats his man and is about to shoot, but the ball is intercepted at the final moment. 

74'

Our final change...

Surridge is coming on and Harry Wilson is off. 

73'

Deulofeu from range...

The Spaniard tries to go for goal from outside the area, but Francis gets in the way to block. 

Chalobah takes the corner and between Ake and Billing they can clear. 

72'

Battling on...

65'

Change of position...

Since the goal has gone in, it looks like Adam Smith has switched to left-back and Ake in the centre. 

Francis now at right-back. 

63'

Goal to Watford...

It's Deeney who fires home from inside the area, after Sarr did the work down the right. 

60'

Billing almost with an immediate impact...

Fraser finds him on his way into the box and the Dane has some neat footwork to keep the ball under pressure from two Watford players. 

Sadly, it's just too much and the ball runs out of play. 

57'

A double change...

Lewis Cook and Billing are coming on for the Cherries, while Lerma and Gosling are replaced. 

Still over half an hour to go. 

55'

Watford on the break...

Ake does so well to get back and prevent Sarr from bursting forward. 

Instead, he squares to Doucoure, who then finds Deulofeu, but the eventual shot is high and the Spaniard should do better. 

53'

Callum Wilson with the header...

Fraser wins the corner and takes it himself. Callum Wilson meets it at the near post under pressure, but it is just over Foster's bar. 

Moments later, Lerma again tries from range but it goes just wide. 

49'

Sarr tries a shot...

It's Watford with the first chance of the second half and it falls to Sarr. 

He has a go from the edge of the area and it takes a big deflection off Ake for a corner. 

From the set piece, Lerma heads clear. 

46'

Back underway!

A big second half needed here at Vitality Stadium as we're back underway. 

HT'

Half time.

Doucoure's goal just before the break is the difference at half-time. 

The Cherries have had promising spells, but no breakthrough yet. 

45'

Good pressure from the Cherries...

Fraser is slipped in by Solanke and decides to have a go, before seeing his shot blocked by Mariappa. 

It goes for a corner and Watford scramble to clear just as Lerma was about to shoot. 

42'

Goal for Watford...

Sarr wins it back in a dangerous position and plays it across goal. There is Doucoure waiting to touch and finish beyond Travers. 

38'

Lerma tries his luck...

Smith is brought down around 30 yards out and the referee blows up immediately. 

Fraser takes the set-piece, which is cleared as far as Lerma. The  Colombian hits it, but sadly it's well over Foster's bar. 

34'

Look who it is!

Can you see a familiar face in there? 

That's right, Aaron Ramsdale might be injured for today's game, but he's still here cheering on the lads... in the North Stand!! 

Great to see him in with the fans and watching the boys! 

31'

Harry Wilson drives one...

Again, the build-up play is good! 

Fraser came in from the left to collect the ball from Harry Wilson, who then receives it back. 

He tries a shot from range, which deflects out for the corner. 

From Fraser's dead ball, Masina rises to clear. 

27'

Looking for that opener...


24'

Cherries building momentum...

Fraser and Ake are again combining well on the left and it's the latter who puts the cross in. 

It's a brilliant header away by Masina, who was under pressure from Solanke. 

Still 0-0! 

20'

End to end...

It's now Bournemouth who are attacking and Callum Wilson does really well to win his header up top. 

He puts a deep ball in, which is picked up by Fraser on the far side. The Scotland international plays it back in, but it's long again and goes out for a goal-kick. 

17'

Watford nearly in...

Masina slips through Deulofeu, after Watford win it back in a dangerous position. 

The Belgian has a go, but Travers gets down low to push his shot onto the post and out. 

14'

Slight pause in play...

Harry Wilson was just getting some treatment after being hustled while bringing the ball forward. 

It wasn't a foul on him, more of a 50-50, but he just needed it looked at after going down. He's up on his feet and fine to continue. 

10'

Smith in the book...

Sarr goes round Smith and the right-back just misjudges his tackle and goes in Mike Dean's book. 

9'

Harry Wilson goes close...

We've seen it before, and he nearly did it again! 

Lerma wins a free-kick 35 yards out and it almost looks too far away to have a shot, but not for Harry Wilson! 

He lines it up and produces a fine curling effort around the wall, which Foster can only parry! Close! 

6'

Almost!!

We play it around nicely around the box, with Fraser and Ake combine well on the left. 

It comes to Smith on the edge of the area and he tries a shot, which actually falls into the path of Solanke. The striker turns his man but just slips over as he is about to pull the trigger. 

2'

Early chance for Watford...

Sarr breaks forward after the ball is given away in midfield. He sends a low, searching ball into the box, but Cook gets a touch and a corner is given. 

From the resulting set piece, Cook again gets in the way and heads the ball out. 

1'

We're off!

Come on, lads! 

Follow every moment of the game right her LIVE! 

We'll be kicking from right to left, as Deeney gets us started. 

13:56

We're ready!

It's a big one, the teams are out and the sun is shining down on Vitality Stadium. 

If you're not watching on Sky Sports, don't forget that you can listen to free live commentary with Kris Temple and John Williams on afcbTV. 

13:51

Don't forget...

13:34

As for Watford...

Watford's first-choice players are back after they were rested in last week's FA Cup draw against Tranmere. TAdam Masina and Adrian Mariappa come in for the injured Kiko Femenia and suspended Christian Kabasele from their last Premier League XI though.

Watford: Foster, Dawson, Cathcart, Mariappa, Masina, Capoue, Chalobah, Doucoure, Sarr, Deulofeu, Deeney.

Subs: Gomes, Gray, Quina, Success, Dele-Bashiru, Holebas, Pereyra.

13:16

How good is it to have this man back!?

He hasn't played for us since the 7th of December, but he's back in the starting XI!

One of the Premier League's finest defenders, he'll be a huge boost to the entire squad.

13:00

Team news!

Here is how we line up for the game with Watford. 

The main news is that Nathan Ake and Adam Smith are back, having both faced a spell on the sidelines due to injury! They go straight into the starting XI today. 

Mark Travers also plays in goal, as Aaron Ramsdale has picked up a slight knock. 

It will be Gosling and Lerma in midfield, with Callum Wilson and Dominic Solanke leading the line up top. 

12:35

As things stand...

Both the Cherries and Watford find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of today's game, with Eddie Howe's side sat 18th and Nigel Pearson's in 19th. 

It's a big game for both sides, who would move out with a win. Bournemouth have 20 points from 21 games and Watford 19, with 17th place Aston Villa sitting just one point above with 21 themselves. 

Earlier in the season, it was a pretty even affair, as the sides drew 0-0 at Vicarage Road. That day, Arnaut Danjuma had a superb chance to win it, but his close-range effort was well saved by Ben Foster. 

11:41

View from the dugout...

Eddie Howe: 

"Teams used to really fear coming here, a tight ground and a great atmosphere. We now need that feeling back, which only we can create as a team.

"We've had good battles with Watford and I imagine this game will be tight again - our motivation levels have to be higher than theirs." 

Nigel Pearson: 

"I've been asked a few times already about whether I had still got enthusiasm or the drive or whatever it is to continue to work, and those are the sorts of questions that I've asked myself for sure.

"I wouldn't be here if I didn't think we were capable of getting out of the situation that we're in, but I can't ask people to be committed if I'm not committed myself, so all those things are very important to me and I think this club has got a really strong identity." 

11:16

Watford's form...

Since Nigel Pearson has come in, Watford have gone unbeaten in four successive league fixtures for the first time in a year (winning three and drawing one). 

Additionally, the Hornets have scored eight of their 17 league goals this season in those past four matches.  

At the back, they have conceded just four goals in Peason's opening five matches in charge, having let in 30 in the first 16 games of the season. 

They're certainly on a good run of form, so we'll need Vitality Stadium rocking from start to finish today. 

10:50

Team news!

We'll bring you the official line-ups from 1pm, but here is what we know so far... 

Christian Kabasele is out of this one through suspension, after being shown a straight red in the 2-1 victory over Wolves. He had made 13 top flight appearances for the Hornets this season, being key to their back four. 

Roberto Pereyra, however, had his red card rescinded, having picked it up in the 3-3 FA Cup draw against Tranmere Rovers last week. 

As for the Cherries, Eddie Howe gave little away in his pre-match press conference yesterday, but it has since come out that Chris Mepham has undergone surgery for a knee injury sustained against Luton last week. He'll face a spell on the sidelines as a result. 

10:28

Honours even?

Seven of the nine top-flight meetings between Bournemouth and Watford have finished level, the highest ratio of any fixture to be played more than twice in the Premier League. 

Last year's game at Vitality Stadium saw yet another draw, with a thrilling 3-3 scoreline gaining attention all over the country. 

Four goals in six minutes made for an entertaining first half, with the Cherries coming from two down to secure a point. 

10:04

Good morning!

Hello and welcome to today's live blog coming from Vitality Stadium. 

We'll bring you all the pre-match build-up you need ahead of the 2pm kick-off, where we'll then have updates throughout the game to ensure you don't miss a moment. 

While the game is also live on Sky Sports, you can also listen on afcbTV to free live commentary from BBC Radio Solent's Kris Temple and John Williams. 

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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Liverpool 21 +36 61
2 Manchester City 22 +37 47
3 Leicester City 22 +26 45
4 Chelsea 22 +10 39
5 Manchester United 22 +11 34
6 Sheffield United 22 +3 32
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 +3 31
8 Tottenham Hotspur 22 +5 30
9 Crystal Palace 22 -4 29
10 Arsenal 22 -2 28
11 Everton 22 -7 28
12 Southampton 22 -12 28
13 Newcastle United 22 -13 26
14 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 -5 24
15 Burnley 22 -13 24
16 West Ham United 21 -8 22
17 Watford 22 -14 22
18 Aston Villa 22 -15 21
20 Norwich City 22 -23 14

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