Watford vs Bournemouth preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, and ones to watch
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Watford play host to AFC Bournemouth in a top-four Championship clash as third take on fourth in what was a Premier League fixture last season.

Both sides are battling to be promoted back to the top flight at the first time of asking and thus far have gone the right way about with Watford winning four of their first six games and Bournemouth unbeaten with three wins and the same number of draws in the same time. 

Bournemouth currently remain the only side unbeaten alongside Reading in the league, who happen to be the only side to inflict defeat upon the Hornets in the opening stages.

Despite being early in the season a lot rests on this fixture because there's no doubt both sides will be up and amongst it come the end of the campaign, with only one point separating the sides as it stands.

Team News

Vladimir Ivic welcomed back the return of Etienne Capoue in his 3-1 victory over Blackburn in midweek, and while it was only a substitute appearance he could well start for the first time this weekend.

The French midfielder was heavily tipped to leave Vicarage Road over the summer but nothing managed to materialise and he has now been integrated back into the squad.

Andre Gray could also be back involved following the hamstring injury he sustained in pre-season against Tottenham.  Will Hughes and Tom Dele-Bashiru are both anticipated to be available for selection with Hughes having been sidelined with a long time injury and Dele-Bashiru back after an injury he sustained in his sides 1-0 defeat to Reading. However, it's questionable whether Ivic will select them should their fitness not be up to scratch.

Bournemouth potentially could have David Brooks and Joshua King back at Jason Tindall's disposal for this match, while Rodrigo Riquelme could be in line to start having been building up his fitness in recent weeks following his arrival on-loan from Athletico Madrid.

Lloyd kelly on the other hand is expected to remain sidelined for the foreseeable future and not available for selection.

Predicted Lineups

Watford (3-5-2) - Foster, Cathcart, Kabasele, Wilmot, Ngakia, Garner, Chalobah, Capoue, Kiko, Pedro, Sarr

Bournemouth (3-4-3) - Begovic, Mepham, Cook, Rico, Stacey, Lerma, Gosling, Smith, Stanislas, Solanke, King

Form Guide

As expected both sides are flying high so far in the Championship with one solitary point separating the sides as Watford occupy third place with 13 points and Bournemouth fourth with 14.

Bournemouth remain unbeaten having won and drawn three matches each, with Reading the only other side in the Championship yet to lose.

Watford, on the other hand, have won four of their opening matches having lost one and drawn one too and come fresh off of a 3-1 win over Blackburn in midweek and a 1-0 victory away to Derby last weekend.

While Bournemouth drew their midweek fixture against Cardiff in a 1-1 stalemate, and that was the same result in a 0-0 bore draw against QPR last weekend.

One to Watch

There's plenty of threat from both sides but the standout one to watch for Watford is Ismaïla Sarr who attracted the interest of Manchester United over the summer.

The 22-year-old was Watford's most expensive signing and is a huge threat going forward with his pace, trickery and deadly shot.

Looking at the Cherries the two stand out threats are set to return from injury in Joshua King and David Brooks.

Both attracted a whole host of interest over the summer and like Sarr are easily players that have the quality to be playing in the Premier League week in week out.

Previous Meetings

These sides met twice in the Premier League last year the most recent of which a 3-0 win for Watford at the Vitality in which Abdoulaye Doucoure, Troy Deeney and Roberto Pereyra all chipping in with a goal each.

The other fixture last season came in November remained a 0-0 stalemate at Vicarage Road. Bournemouth have won one of their last five meetings in a 4-0 thrashing in 2018, with three draws and one Hornets win in the last five.

Where to Watch

The game kicks off at 12:30pm on Saturday and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, but you can also check out the match report here on VAVEL. 

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