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Summary

  1. West Ham XI: Gomes, Paredes, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Behrami, Watson, Capoue, Amrabat, Deeney, Ighalo.
  2. Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Stanislas, King, Afobe.
  3. Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

I'll have to sacrifice my chicken dinner having earlier stated there would be a goal in this match. 

It's finished 0-0 - I'd say the Cherries will be pleased with that.

STOPPAGE TIME

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

It's the last minute of stoppage time. Watford on the attack...

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Cherries substitute Max Gradel turns and shoots from 12 yards. His effort appears to take a little nick and loops towards goal. Heurelho Gomes is equal to the shot and tips the ball on to the top netting.

Exciting end - will there be a winner?

Heurelho Gomes
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YELLOW CARD

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford's Valon Behrami goes into the book for an arm on Matt Ritchie during an aerial challenge.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

A mistake by Troy Deeney almost costs his side a goal. 

A Bournemouth free-kick is swung into the area. Deeney tries to clear but instead inadvertently plays it square to sub Dan Gosling, who is caught by surprise as the ball runs through to Heurelho Gomes.

Moments later, Joshua King's header from a Harry Arter's cross is pushed to his right by Gomes - he could have clung on to it to be fair. But you know Gomes....

CLOSE-ISH!

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Another miss by Odion Ighalo. Team-mate Ben Watson plays a quick free-kick along the ground. Ighalo tuns his man inside the area but fires his shot over the bar.

About 13 minutes of normal time remaining.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

The goalscoring form Watford striker Odion Ighalo may have courted interest from overseas but with a miss like that, he might be staying put at the Hornets. He last scored in the Premier League on 23 January. 

Odion Ighalo miss
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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Cherries midfielder Dan Gosling comes on for striker Benik Afobe. Interesting change by Eddie Howe.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford striker Odion Ighalo looks spent. But as I have mentioned during the season, and as you know, this is a striker that goes on and on. 

He'd be the perfect smartphone - never runs out of juice.

'Great movement, poor finish'

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"Odion Ighalo misses a fantastic chance. His movement is really good and he hasn't got to jump or challenge, but he mistimes the header. 

"That came from good movement, but he tries to hit it too hard and it goes over the bar."

OH DEAR!

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Odion! Odion! Odion!

The Nigeria striker should have scored. Nordin Amrabat beats his man and delivers the perfect cross from the right, but Ighalo heads over from 12 yards - he was unmarked.

Odion Ighalo
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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford's Ben Watson swings in a cross into the area area from the left, but Troy Deeney's flick-on header just eludes Odion Ighalo.

The game is opening up, as they say.

GREAT SHOT AND SAVE!

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth's Harry Arter hits a beauty with the outside of his boot from 25 yards which Heurelho Gomes does brilliantly to push away.

A few moments later Watford's Valon Behrami appears to handle in the area from a corner ball from the right - it was deemed accidental. Hmmm....

Harry Arter
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SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford's Etienne Capoue is replaced by defensive midfielder Mario Suarez. 

CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

A lovely one-two between Andrew Surman and Max Gradel, results in the Ivory Coast substitute firing over, under pressure, from 12 yards.

Much better football in this second half.

Watford's Mario Suarez is about to come on.

Max Gradel
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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Not half a chance, but a third of a chance. A cross comes in from Matt Ritchie which Joshua King latches on to, but his volley soars high over the bar from eight yards.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Nice scenes at half-time as Luther Blissett is presented with a '#watfordfc's Favourite Son' trophy by former manager Graham Taylor.

It was a lovely moment. Blissett paraded the trophy around the pitch. What a player he was!

Luther Blissett
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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Joshua King raises his hand to the throat of Miguel Britos, but only after the Watford man had grabbed his in a tussle.

Ref Anthony Taylor has a word, but that is all.

Joshua King
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KICK-OFF

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford get us back under way.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

The players are coming out for the second half. Hope they watched the highlights of the first Newcastle and Liverpool thriller that finished 4-3 - inspiration needed.

HALF-TIME

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

I'm not too sure if referee Anthony Taylor played even a minute of stoppage time - he must have. Although boredom can do things to a person.

0-0 - it's not been a thriller.

Watford v Bournemouth
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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Love to reporting some thrilling goalmouth action, but there hasn't been for a while.

Watford just had a corner which was easily collected by keeper Artur Boruc. A free-kick in the following piece of play was just as ineffective.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

A free-kick from 35 yards out for the Cherries. It's played in on the angle and arrives at the feet of Joshua King, who tries to get a shot away but loses his footing.

It's just quarter chances at the moment after an exciting first two minutes.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

It's 0-0 in the other Premier League 3pms, BTW.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Heading toward half time and Bournemouth are shading territory and possession. Watford have had more shots on goal, though. 

Match stats after 30 minutes
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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Watford forward Troy Deeney tries one from 25 yards - it went about 25 yards wide of the Cherries goal.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

It all got a bit panicky in the Bournemouth area as Troy Deeney played a header back to strike partner Odion Ighalo. 

The Cherries managed to clear - the visitors have defended well so far.

SUBSTITUTION

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth's attacking midfielder Max Gradel is back. He injured his cruciate in August against Leicester, and makes his long awaited return. He replaces the unfortunate Junior Stanislas. Looks like Junior might be out for a bit.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas pulls up. Hamstring. End of his day.

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Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

This time Bournemouth have a corner after initial good work by Joshua King. Can they make something of it?

Nope, it's cleared by Odion Ighalo who got back to do some work in defence.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Again Bournemouth defend the set-piece well, and the ball is back up the other end. There will be a goal in this, I'll bet my chicken dinner on it.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

... but Heurelho Gomes collects quite easily. At the other end Nordin Amrabat has a pop but his low shot goes out for another corner. The delivery is defended well, but it's another corner for the Hornets..

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

It's a corner for the Cherries...

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Great chance here. Juan Carlos Paredes crosses from the right. The ball it arrives at the feet of Odion Ighalo but he doesn't get a good connection and his shot goes a couple of feet wide.

He should have left it for Troy Deeney, who was poised behind him.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

It's settled down after that early burst. Watford are trying to release Odion Ighalo as often as possible. You can't blame them. He looks a handful and then some today.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo
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VERY CLOSE!

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

Joshua King eases into the area, crosses low but Miguel Britos manages to clear. At the other end Odion Ighalo charges past two defenders only to see his effort cleared just as he was about to shoot.

Fantastic start at Vicarage Road.

KICK-OFF

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth

The boys pretty in pink get us under way.

Bournemouth
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Watford v Bournemouth (15:00 GMT)

We are seconds away from kick-off. A tad bit gloomy in Hertfordshire.

Making progress

Watford v Bournemouth (15:00 GMT)

Steve Bower

Match of the Day commentator

"It's a mark of the progress of both newly-promoted clubs that neither are in the relegation zone at this stage of the season.

"In Bournemouth's case, they have survival foundations but nothing more yet. After three successive home defeats in all competitions, including last weekend's FA Cup exit, they can now focus solely on their main target of staying up, and will be encouraged by their away form heading to Vicarage Road.

"The fact that Watford are eight points clear of the Cherries puts their achievements to date into context."

Lawro's and Nobby's predictions

As Nobby Butcher's @officialgtfc face Woking in the #FATrophy, here are his PL predictions: bbc.in/1R5dVw7

As Nobby Butcher's @officialgtfc face Woking in the #FATrophy, here are his PL predictions: bbc.in/1R5dVw7