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Both sides will think they could have won that. The Cherries certainly had the opportunities to.

Still, it's a clean sheet and a point on the road, you can't turn your nose up at that.



No shortage of chances or effort, but neither side has been able to break through, and it's ended 0-0.



Cherries break, Harry Wilson wide to Fraser who's galloping into the box. his first touch is just a little off, sending him wide, and his shot is saved by Foster!


Three minutes to add on


Cherries hunting a winner

It's the visitors with the wind in their sails as we approach the final whistle, King is surging, Solanke's showing his footwork, will we find a goal?



You couldn't have asked for a better spot - or a better person to take it.

Wilson steps up...it's over the wall...it's could be...it's wide!

That was a whisker away though.


Free-kick, Harry Wilson over it...


Inside the final ten

It's felt for 82 minutes that a goal could come any minute, will one come at all?

Most recently, Watford substitute Gray reaches to try and turn in a cross at the back post, can't get there.  


Ramsdale earns his corn!

Solanke, just on, is dispossessed in his own half, Hughes pounces, surges five yards forwards and shoots low. It's on target, a tricky skidder, but Ramsdale is down to palm it round the post.

Excellent save given the conditions out there.


Second Cherries sub

Off comes Callum Wilson, he's worked hard but not had a lot of goalmouth action, and on comes Solanke.


A photo to tell the tale

...Spray everywhere, plenty of endeavour.


Watford going for it

It's the Hornets who have had the territory in recent minutes, but Ramsdale, aside from a couple of assertive claims, has remained untested.

Doucoure hears the crowd bellowing for him to let fly from 25 yards there, he takes them up on it, but his shot is high and ends up hitting one of those shouters.


C Wilson in the book

Callum Wilson was on the turf and then as he made his way back towards the Cherries goal he tangled with an opponent and has ended up with a yellow card.

That led to some pushing and shoving, all a bit unnecessary, but we're back under way now without any further effects.


First change for the Cherries

Danjuma gets a warm applause from the traveling fans as his full debut comes to an end. The Dutchman's been bright, but it's that chance right at the end of the first half that this performance will be most remembered for. 

Harry Wilson comes on to replace Danjuma, starting off on the right-hand side with Fraser switching over to the left flank.


Next goal wins?

There haven't been any notable chances in the last ten minutes but it's an open contest with plenty of energy being spent in the pursuit of a result, from both teams.

You feel the first goal could be crucial here, let's see who, if anyone, gets it!


Ramsdale, great save!

Deulofeu weaves this way and that, he dribbles into the box and cuts back inside Cook, just the 'keeper to beat now... But Ramsdale makes himself huge and there's no way through.

Top goalkeeping from Ramsdale, that.


Back at it

This time it's the Cherries who kick us off, the second half is in play.

Only one change at the break, but it's not one for either side. The assistant referee Cann is injured and has swapped with fourth official Nield.


Smith in the wars

Smith is sporting a head bandage after an early entanglement, but remains on as we get set for the restart.

This game could go anywhere in the second half. There's been some slipping and sliding on a testing surface, let's hope it's the Cherries who can grab the initiative and the first goal of the contest.



The Cherries have had the best chances, and will be cursing themselves to not be ahead at the break.

Still, all to play for in the second half.


What a chance for Danjuma!

The Cherries flow forwards once more, it's a perfect low ball across and Danjuma's there, only Foster in front of him eight yards out.

His connection is good but Foster is big and blocks the shot.

What a time that would have been to open the scoring.


There are yellow cards and there's that

Bournemouth break again, Wilson turns Dawson and has his shirt tugged cynically wide left. The England striker stays on his feet and is rewarded by being mercilessly cut down by the same defender. 

You'll not see a clearer caution all weekend.

The set piece comes in but Foster punches away confidently.


Rico with a scorcher!

Billing went close to his debut Bournemouth goal, and now Rico's done the same!

Fraser's corner was cleared into his path and he wrapped his foot beautifully around a half volley. Through the crowd and a very decent stop from Foster to deny the left-back.

Some good stuff coming from the Cherries in the last ten minutes.


Back to the future

There's a very late-nineties feel about this afternoon's colour combination for the Cherries.


Billing forces a save

A good spell this from the away side, Wilson gets in a low ball just half a yard ahead of King looking to profit in the centre. The ball's recycled by Danjuma and on a tee for Billing, 22 yards out. 

A good low shot but Foster sees it all the way and paws it behind. Close to a first Cherries goal for the Dane there.



The improving Cherries win a corner on the counter, Fraser takes and a leaping Cook rises to meet it. His header's travelling, it beats Foster, but it thuds back off the crossbar!

Much better from the visitors, come on!


Early Watford change

That won't have been in the game plan. Cleverly's race is run and injury is forcing him off already, Hughes on in his place.


Off the post!

Smith concedes the corner and from it Deulofeu's set piece comes straight back off the near post.

Dawson can't pick up the pieces and the Cherries clear, but that's twice the Hornets have gone close in the early stages.


Watford close to an early opener

Less than a minute on the clock and Watford might have been in the lead. Deulofeu curved towards the byline and fizzed in a low shot/cross, Ramsdale parried it into the area where Doucoure was waiting. 

Can he hit the target with a bouncing ball from 12 yards? No! It's over the bar and the Cherries escape.


Away we go!

Cleverly takes the kick-off, we're up and running at Vicarage Road.


Here come the teams...

The warm-ups are done, the teams are out and walking across the Vicarage Pitch towards the Graham Taylor Stand.

Harry the Hornet is dancing rather excitedly too. Well, it is Watford.


Countdown to kick-off

Less than ten minutes away from kick-off now, the excitement is building!


Out for the warm ups

Ramsdale, Boruc and Travers have just said goodbye to the warmth of the Cherries' changing room and are out in the wet getting ready for kick-off.

The outfielders will be out to join them shortly, with the away end filling nicely now as well. 


First start for Danjuma

So, as we anticipated, Lerma is straight back into the 11, but there's a start also for Danjuma, his first since arriving in the summer from Club Brugge.

He was really bright off the bench last weekend against the Canaries, looking forward to see what he can do from the off today. 


Here's how the Cherries line up against Watford


Lerma, back in contention

After a late return from international duty ahead of Norwich there was the unfamiliar sight of a Jefferson Lerma-less midfield last Saturday.

Happily, he's been out training this week with Eddie Howe saying yesterday that he's now back and available.

At 2pm we'll see if he's selected - and the rest of today's team for that matter.


Who'd be a kit manager?

With Watford wearing yellow and black halves this season you'd be right to wonder what the Cherries would be kitted up in themselves today.

The answer is... We'll be in our home shirts with the unusual combination of white shorts and white socks here at Vicarage Road.


How are you feeling...?

If you're a half glass full kind of fan you'll see that Watford have yet to win this season, are bottom of the league and have only scored five times.

...But football doesn't work like that, does it? The Hornets were much improved and were unlucky not to take three points away at Spurs last weekend, so expect another really tough game today for Eddie Howe's players.


Welcome to a wet and windy Watford!

Winter feels a lot closer than the summer here in Hertfordshire today. We've arrived at Vicarage Road, where there have also been some wild games between the Cherries and Hornets in recent times. 

Other games that day

  • Brighton and Hove Albion3
  • West Ham United1
    Sheffield United1
  • Burnley2
  • Manchester City3
    Aston Villa0

As it stood

1 Liverpool 9 +14 25
2 Manchester City 10 +23 22
3 Leicester City 10 +17 20
4 Chelsea 10 +7 20
5 Arsenal 9 +1 15
6 Crystal Palace 9 -2 14
7 Sheffield United 10 +1 13
9 West Ham United 10 -2 13
10 Tottenham Hotspur 9 +2 12
11 Burnley 10 -1 12
12 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 -2 12
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 11
14 Aston Villa 10 -1 11
15 Manchester United 9 +1 10
16 Everton 10 -6 10
17 Newcastle United 9 -9 8
18 Southampton 10 -16 8
19 Norwich City 9 -11 7
20 Watford 10 -16 5

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