Watford v Bournemouth – Vicarage Road at 15:00
My latest Asian Handicap betting preview focuses on a Premier League clash between Watford and Bournemouth.
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The Hornets will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s 2-0 defeat at Burnley, after a poor performance put an end to their back-to-back Premier League wins.
However, taking 7 points from their opening 6 matches, which have included fixtures against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal is still a decent start for Mazzarri’s side.
2 weeks ago Watford beat Manchester United for the first time in 30 years after an extraordinary performance which rendered Jose Mourinho to his 3rd successive defeat as United boss.
Watford also came from 2-0 down at the London Stadium to beat West Ham 4-2 in another emphatic win.
Etienne Capoue is currently the Hornets’ top scorer with 4 goals to his name and he is also the joint second top scorer in the Premier League. Capoue, who failed to score a single goal last season has been able to play a more attacking role under new boss Walter Mazzarri and as a result Watford are reaping the benefits!
The key to their success last year was the strike partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo and although they are now both off the mark in the Premier League this season, they’ve only scored 3 goals between them.
New signing Issac Success has also looked a handful when coming off the bench and he may well have earned a place in the starting line up vs. Bournemouth.
Eddie Howe’s men have 2 wins under their belt and last weekend beat an in-form Everton side (1-0), who were enduring their best ever start to a Premier League season. The winning goal came in the 23rd minute when Junior Stanislas scored a cracker from 25 yards out.
The Cherries’ other win came against West Brom and was also won by a 1-0 scoreline, with Callum Wilson scoring a late goal.
Bournemouth have also taken 7 points from their opening 6 matches, not a terrible start to the new campaign, but they are struggling to score goals. The away side are currently the joint lowest scorers in the league and have scored just 4 goals in their 6 games played.
Despite this, the squad Howe has at his disposal has strengthened from last year, especially through the additions of Jordan Ibe and Jack Wilshere.
Callum Wilson, who was prolific before his injury last season has made a slow start to the new campaign, but Bournemouth will be hoping he’ll start firing on all cylinders soon!
The Cherries are without a league win away from Dean Court so far this season and it will be a tough ask to beat Watford, who surely can’t perform any worse than they did against Burnley on Monday night!
When these 2 sides met last season, a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road was the result and a 1-1 draw was the outcome of the reverse fixture. Will we finally see a winner this time around? I think so and I recommend backing Watford -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market as I’m expecting a response by the home side in light of their defeat against Burnley.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Watford -0.25 @ 2.05 with Pinnacle
West Ham v Middlesbrough – London Stadium at 15:00
In my 2nd Asian Handicap betting preview I’ve found some value in the game between West Ham and Middlesbrough at the London Stadium.
What has happened to West Ham? After getting to the Europa League qualification stages with a 7th place finish last season, there were no limits placed on what The Hammers could achieve this time round. However, there is no other way to describe the start to their new campaign other than a nightmare!
Slaven Bilic’s side have only won 1 of their opening 6 Premier League games and that was against Bournemouth (1-0). Their other 5 matches have all ended in defeat and they’ve conceded 16 goals in the process!
In addition, West Ham also failed to qualify for the Europa League when they were knocked out by Romanian side Astra Giurgiu.
The Hammers’ poor start means they currently find themselves in the relegation zone.
Last weekend, the home side were once again thrashed, this time by Southampton (3-0) after another disappointing display and therefore the players will be hoping that they can give the home crowd something to cheer about this time round.
Middlesbrough are certainly finding life tough back in the Premier League, despite playing some decent football.
The away side similarly have a single win under their belt (against Sunderland), although they have also picked up a point against Stoke (1-1) and West Brom (0-0).
Cristhian Stuani’s brace against The Black Cats was enough to seal a victory, as Patrick Van Aanholt could only supply Sunderland with a consolation goal.
Boro currently find themselves sat 16th in the Premier League table on 5 points.
Striker Alvaro Negredo has only scored 1 goal so far this campaign, but he always looks a threat in front of goal.
Last weekend Middlesbrough lost 2-1 in a tough game at home to Spurs. Boro went 2-0 down after Heung-min Son scored a brace, although Ben Gibson did manage to grab a goal back. Ultimately it wasn’t enough however, with Spurs managing to hold out.
I am expecting this to be a close game and can see each side taking a point away from the match. However, Boro will be fancying their chances against this under performing West Ham team and as a result, I recommend backing Boro +0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Middlesbrough +0.25 @ 2.08 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.