Quique Sanchez Flores’ side is in with a great chance to seal a place in the Europa League if they manage to put together a good run of results as they entertain Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side today.
Watford have lost five of their last nine league games but are just five points behind fifth placed Manchester United, so there’s everything to play for at Vicarage Road today.
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However, as they prepare to host Bournemouth at Vicarage Road, the Hornets would be looking to ensure that their unlikely push is brought to life against a team they played for a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture. Saturday’s game would be 100th league meeting between these two and Watford should be aware of the form the visitors are in.
Eddie Howe’s men have lost just one of their last seven away league games and Flores is already expecting a tough battle with a team that is playing in the top tier of English football for the first time in its history.
“We try to carry on with the same dynamic we have had since the beginning of the season,” the Watford head coach said. “Bournemouth are a very good team but the idea is to be competitive and play well.
“We are close to our objective so we want points. We play with our fans, in our own stadium, so it’s a very important match.”
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