Five reasons AFC Bournemouth fans can be positive ahead of Watford clash
AFC Bournemouth fans might look ahead to tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Watford full of dread.
Eighteen days ago, Eddie Howe's side visited Vicarage Road in the SkyBet Championship, and were soundly thumped 6-1.
Since that result, the Cherries recorded an impressive win over FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic - but on Saturday slipped to a 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield.
As Bournemouth try to end their worrying away form - there are five reasons why tonight's game at Vicarage Road isn't as daunting as you might think.
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All the pressure is on Watford
Watford, one of the pre-season favourites to win promotion to the Premier League - will also be expected to book their place in the third round of the League Cup.
There may also be added expectation from the Watford fans following the 6-1 win over the Cherries earlier this month.
The two sides have met six times in the League Cup. The Cherries have never won.
AFC Bournemouth players returning from injury
Eddie Howe could be boosted with the potential return of some key players to the AFC Bournemouth squad tonight.
Charlie Daniels, Matt Ritchie and Marc Pugh could all feature after missing Saturday's game at Huddersfield.
Elliott Ward back in the Cherries team
Experienced defender Elliott Ward is also due to return to the AFC Bournemouth squad after missing the trip to Huddersfield following the birth of his son.
The former West Ham United and Norwich City player could be key to stopping the dangerous Hornets attack.
Chance for fringe players to impress
Looking at the bigger picture, tonight's League Cup clash could give Eddie Howe a great opportunity to hand fringe players some game time.
Although Howe is expected to name a strong squad, with Saturday's game at Doncaster Rovers in mind - Howe may choose to give some youngsters a run out.
Watford haven't won since the 6-1 win
The Cherries have picked up more league points than Watford since the crushing defeat at Vicarage Road earlier this month.
Watford have stuttered to draws against Reading and Nottingham Forest - while the Cherries claimed three points at home to Wigan Athletic.