Soon half the Premier League clubs dropped out of the League Cup already in the second and third round. Only six of them, however, not make it easier on paper duel with total from the lower leagues. Today, however, there is a match of two “haves” who until January will focus solely on the league competition. Watford in the battle of last year’s newcomers welcome Bournemouth.
It will be a bit strange duel. Last year fit all bookmakers both teams on the descent. But the way in which Bournemouth and Watford sailed through the first season among the elite, was impressive. Eddie Howe’s charges were just as stoic Hornets, practically rescued in March, which is inevitably reflected on other results.
Watford even under Quiqe Sánchez Flores penetrated into the FA Cup final. Nevertheless, the management decided to replace the Spanish coach Walter Mazzarim, which is obviously more familiar with Italian owners.
At the beginning of the competition, however, the two units quite successful – winning two of six games over a side band will have the same four points ahead. The ideal, however, Watford and Bournemouth are quite far away.
Domestic troubles especially the back row, who are unable to cope with balloons centered. For all seven (!) Goals conceded last Hornets just the ball from the side. Cherries but on the contrary torment offensive, because in six duels scored only four times.
Trips to Watford Bournemouth fail to thrive, they won one of the last two weeks. That does not apply today Marc Pugh, on the playground, then probably not appeared Joshua King, although already trained. Mazzari then does not use the services of Craig Cathcart, Daryl Janmaat or forwards Stefan Okaky.