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Bournemouth v Watford

1st January 2019, 17:50 by Tom McGarry

Out-of-form Bournemouth will be looking to return to winning ways when they play host to Watford on Wednesday.

The Cherries impressive start to the season feels like a distant memory as they have lost nine of their last 11 Premier League games, a run that includes back-to-back heavy defeats at Tottenham and Manchester United.

However, Eddie Howe's side did beat Brighton in their last home match, while they also claimed a 4-0 victory over Watford when the two teams met at Vicarage Road earlier this season.

Defender Nathan Ake, who is a former Watford loanee, is a doubt for Wednesday's match after he picked up a hamstring injury at the weekend and he could join a growing list of absentees which already includes Simon Francis, Adam Smith, Lewis Cook and Dan Gosling.

Watford recorded back-to-back wins before Christmas to propel themselves back into the top half of the standings and they remain well placed - despite taking just one point from their last two games against Chelsea and Newcastle.

Boss Javi Gracia made six changes for the 1-1 home draw with Newcastle last time out and is expected to rotate once again.

That means captain Troy Deeney could return to the starting line-up after being used as a second-half substitute in that match.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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