EPL Soccer Picks: Bet Watford +275 in a Low-Scoring Game vs. Bournemouth

Nikki Adams

Friday, October 2, 2015 10:02 PM UTC

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 10:02 PM UTC

A clash of the promoted sides features on the soccer betting menu this weekend when AFC Bournemouth and Watford collide on match day 8 in England’s top flight. Here are out soccer picks.

AFC Bournemouth Look to Bounce Back
AFC Bournemouth look to bounce back on match day 8 when they host fellow promoted Watford at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

AFC Bournemouth appear to have transitioned into Premier League action well enough given their humble beginnings. But they are by no means shaking things up in top flight, having lost four of their first seven games. Overall, they are sporting a 2-1-4 mark and 7 points, which puts them into 16th place in the table but just three points clear of the cut-off line.

Home form stands at a modest 1-1-1 mark and four points and includes three goals scored and just two conceded. They are riding a two-game undefeated streak at home with a draw to Leicester City and a 2-0 win over the hapless Sunderland Black Cats. Their only Premier League loss at home came to Aston Villa in week 1 of the Premier League season, which remains the lone blemish on their record at Vitality Stadium going back to January 30 and their Championship League winning run (they are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 home games: 7-5-1).


Watford Look To Bounce Back
Watford are coming off a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace at home in week 7 of Premier League betting, a result that sees them slip to a 2-3-2 mark and remain on 9 points. Currently, they are 13th in the table, two points clear of AFC Bournemouth and looking to extend that advantage at their hosts expense at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Road form is a modest 1-1-1 with four points and includes four goals scored and five conceded. Their last outing was a 2-1 win over Newcastle United at St. James Park. In week 1 of the Premier League season they took a point off Everton behind a draw at Goodison Park. Their lone loss this season is a 2-0 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad.

Overall, Watford’s road form is rather encouraging. Since February last season, during their Championship campaign, they’ve lost just one of their last 12 outings in league action (8-3-1). That said, they did lose their outing to Vitality Stadium last season 2-0 in Championship action, a result that came after a 1-1 draw at home in the same season and snapped a run of positive results for Watford that included three wins and two draws.


Soccer Betting Verdict
This is a tough game to handicap in more ways than one. These two sides are well familiar having come up from Championship last season, which should make this a competitive affair with the high stakes of Premier League survival underscoring the game. This could be a pivotal clash towards the relegation picture when all is said and done, putting a huge premium on gaining at least the point if not all three points.

Consensus betting points to a draw, which is trading at +250 at bet365 but we quite fancy Watford at +275 to spring the surprise on Bournemouth or the combined result draw or Watford to win at -133 on the soccer odds. The safest soccer pick must be the UNDER 2.5 at -125 at bet365. All indicators point to a low scoring affair between these two sides that are averaging barely a goal scored a game.

Premier League Soccer Picks: UNDER 2.5 -125 & Watford +275 for the outright win at Bet365

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