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    Watford v AFC Bournemouth Preview: Craig Cathcart and Miguel Britos doubtful, while Josh King in contention

    By Alex Easley
    Walter Mazzarri's Watford host Bournemouth on Saturday.
    Watford defenders Craig Cathcart and Miguel Britos are both struggling with groin injuries ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to Vicarage Road on Saturday.

    The possible absence of Cathcart could see a return to the side for Younes Kaboul, with the centre-back named on the substitute bench for their defeat to Burnley on Monday.

    Watford and Bournemouth both sit on seven points after six games, with the visitors recording an impressive win at home to Everton last weekend.

    Hornets head coach said Walter Mazzarri said this week: "We should always try to avoiding conceding but I am a coach who believes that if we score one more goal than the other team then I am more than happy."

    Sam Allardyce’s departure as England boss this week has seen Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe sounded out as a possible replacement for the national job.

    And although Howe told the press that managing England would be the “ultimate job”, the 38-year-old remains committed to his club’s cause as they chase their third win in the league this season.

    Howe said on Watford: "Watford are strong and have some good front players. We say that every time we play them, we're well aware of the threat.

    "We had some very good games in the Championship against them - their style against ours. I expect the same on Saturday."
    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is a potential replacement for Sam Allardyce as England boss.

    Watford duo Isaac Success and Abdoulaye Doucoure are pushing for their first league starts while Daryl Janmaat remains sidelined with a shoulder injury.

    Bournemouth winger Marc Pugh will be out for up to three weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury at the start of September.

    Howe has received better news on Josh King's hamstring problem and hopes he will be in contention on Saturday.

    Adam Smith has suffered no ill-effects from a bloody nose he sustained in the win against Everton and Ryan Fraser is available.



    Four of the last five meetings have been drawn, including the two Premier League fixtures.

    Bournemouth have only won once in their last 14 league trips to Watford (D6, L7).


    The last seven league goals conceded by Watford have all come from a cross - no other side in the division has let in as many goals in this way.

    Watford have conceded a league-high five headed goals this season, 45% of their total goals conceded (11).

    At 29 years and 275 days, the average age of Watford's starting XI this season is the oldest in the Premier League.

    Etienne Capoue has scored four league goals this season, as many as the entire Bournemouth team combined.


    Bournemouth are yet to win away from home in this season's Premier League (D1, L2) and have scored just one goal on their travels.

    No Premier League team has a lower goals-per-game average than Bournemouth this season (0.67).

    The Cherries have not scored more than one goal in any of their last 11 top-flight games.

    Jack Wilshere has not played a full 90 minutes in any of his last 19 league appearances.
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