AFC Bournemouth vs Watford preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch 
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AFC Bournemouth are looking to win their first game in three as they face Watford at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Their opponents are in flying form in February, with four wins in their last five. 

The Cherries and the Hornets are separated by 11 points, in and around the play-offs, as both teams are looking to return to the Premier League first time of asking. 

Most recently, Bournemouth hosted Cardiff City where the Bluebirds' two first half goals were enough to steal the three points. 

A brilliant Harry Wilson corner met Sean Morrison's head at the front post to put the visitors 1-0 up. Less than 10 minutes later, Kieffer Moore scored from the spot to double Cardiff's lead.  

Shane Long got one back for Bournemouth but it wasn't enough and the hosts were handed a narrowing defeat. 

On Wednesday night, Watford were on the right side of a five goal thriller at Ewood Park against Blackburn Rovers.

Joao Pedro, got to the ball just before Thomas Kaminski, leading to the striker lobbing it over the onrushing goalkeeper. 

The away side then doubled their advantage in the 38th minute when Ismaila Sarr capitalised on Jarrad Branthwaite mistake, tapping home from close range.

Harvey Elliott powered the ball into the roof of the net to get one back for Rovers. 

In the 60th minute, Ken Sema restored Watford's two-goal cushion, slotting home a low, hard-driven strike into the bottom right corner.

The away side looked to have managed the game excellently but in the 81st minute, Ben Brereton threw himself at the ball and headed powerfully past Bachmann.

Team news

AFC Bournemouth 

David Brooks and Dominic Solanke are both out with ankle injuries. 

Carrying a thigh injury, Jack Stacey also remains out. 


Goalkeeper Ben Foster remains out with a broken finger. 

Christian Kabasele carries a knee injury but could return soon. 

With more of a long-term injury, Troy Deeney is out with an Achilles tendon injury. 

Predicted lineups

AFC Bournemouth:

Begovic; Carter-Vickers, Cook, Kelly; Smith, Cook, Lerma, Rico; Billing, Stanislas; Surridge. 


Bachmann; Kiko, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Masina; Cleverley, Hughes, Gosling; Sarr, Pedro, Sema. 

Ones to watch

AFC Bournemouth - Junior Stanislas

The attacker is the Cherries' second top goalscorer in the Championship. At 31 years of age, Stanislas has nine goals to his name along with three assists. One of Bournemouth's biggest attacking threats. 

Watford - Ismaila Sarr

In terms of attacking threat for the Hornets, they will look to rely on Sarr, who is their second top scorer this season so far with eight goals and four assists.

He has taken the Championship by storm so far, instilling fear in opposition defenders by just the sight of him dribbling.

Previous meeting

Watford 1-1 AFC Bournemouth (24/10/2020)

Where to watch

UK residents will be able to watch the game live on Sky Sports on Saturday, 27th February from 12:00 PM with the game kicking off at 12:30 PM.