Saturday, 1 October 2016

Watford are strong, but AFCB have match winners too

Watford are a team that have already upset many good sides. They ruffle teams and hit them on the break with great finishing and AFCB need to be very controlled in their passing to stop the Hornets from pouncing on any sloppy play.

Everyone always talks about Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, but Etienne Capoue and Craig Cathcart are players that can pop up with goals and Watford will be looking to get more than just their front two scoring goals as they can't get free ever match. Capoue had four goals in five games before the match with Burnley so AFCB have to be on their guard against more than just Deeney and Ighalo. Corners and free kicks will also be a problem for the Cherries and tactically the Hornets are usually very good at plugging the midfield and winning the ball high up the pitch.

Their start has been fairly good. The home win against Man Utd have already given them massive confidence at Vicarage Road. Their crowd will be right behind them after the midweek disappointment and they'll be all to aware that whoever wins the game will be on 10 points and a quarter of the way to safety.
Will we see Benik Afobe make an appearance at Watford and could he win the game?
While Watford were not impressive away against Burnley there was one player that did catch my eye and that was Isaac Success who was extremely strong and quick up front. Watford are building a stronger side than last season and I'm pleased Daryl Janmaat is not fit for them as his early-season form was pretty good.

As for AFCB, there is one player that I was very pleased to hear from this week in Benik Afobe. He seems very much at home at Bournemouth and keen to bide his time in the plan Eddie has for him. I think that is something fans find hard to understand when a player is not playing, but there always seems to be understanding among AFCB players aren't getting as many regular games as they'd like. We may only see Benik for a few minutes at Watford but the player knows that in that time he might win a game for the Cherries and cement his place in the side for the next game. It's that attitude that could take AFCB to a higher finish in the league this season. UTCIAD!

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