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Tuesday 10 December 2019

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri aims to get back on track against Bournemouth

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will face Bournemouth this weekend
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri will face Bournemouth this weekend

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is confident his side will get their stuttering Premier League campaign back on track.

The Hornets head to Bournemouth on Saturday without a victory in their last six league matches and a streak of five consecutive away defeats.

But Mazzarri, who could be without his number one goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes after he limped off with a back problem in their recent stalemate against Middlesbrough, is hopeful Watford will soon end their barren run.

"It is true in the last few away games, we did have some negative results but I am happy with the overall performance, especially against teams like West Bromwich, Sunderland and Stoke," Mazzarri said.

"It is very important to understand that if we work like that then the positive results will come."

Mazzarri began his tenure at the club with victories against West Ham, Manchester United and champions Leicester.

But ahead of their trip to the Vitality Stadium, Watford are only 14th in the table, two points and three places adrift of their opponents from the south coast.

"This year the objective is to remain in the Premier League and do it in the best possible way," said Mazzarri, whose short reign has been called into question following Watford's poor run.

"We did extremely well at the beginning and now we've had some down performances.

"The important thing is to recover the good feeling and get back the injured players. It is important we let the negative moments pass.

"This is a club that values the work that is done, aside from the results of the moment. We have been working very hard and very well for the future of this club."

Mazzarri also moved to praise Eddie Howe's side as one of the best footballing-teams in the country.

The Italian added: "In my opinion, Bournemouth play some of the best football in the UK. They have a lot of experience and they are growing. We will play at their stadium and I am very curious to see how we will perform against one of the teams that plays the best football."

Meanwhile, striker Odion Ighalo is expected to be in the Watford squad which travels to Bournemouth despite reported interest from West Brom.

The Nigeria international starred under former manager Quique Sanchez Flores last season scoring 17 goals.

But he has found the back of the net just twice this term, and has lost his place in the Watford side.

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