Watford stun Wolves with rapid double

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  • Capoue, Pereyra score for Watford
  • First defeat since August for Wolves
  • Watford’s first PL win in five

Watford beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molinuex on Saturday, with the Hornets riding a quickfire first half double to victory.

Ettiene Capoue and Roberto Pereyra each scored in the space of 58 seconds to led Watford to victory, while Wolves tasted defeat for the first time since August.

With the win Watford now have 16 points on the season as they jump ahead of Wolves who have 15 points on the board.

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After a slow start the game exploded into life with two goals in a minute for the visitors.

First, Capoue drilled home a low effort to put the Hornets ahead as the first chance of the game resulted in a goal.

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Less than a minute later it was 2-0 as Watford won the ball back from the kick off, ran down the left and then Peryera finished superbly as he lofted the ball over Rui Patricio and in.

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In the second half Wolves huffed and puffed and they created some good openings to get back into the game.

Helder Costa missed a sitter, while Willy Boly and Ivan Cavaleiro went close.

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But Watford’s 58 second blitz in the first half did the damage.

Premier League leaders through eight matches

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The sample size remains relatively small, but the Premier League season is closing in on its quarter-point and we’re able to get a decent perspective on whose hot starts are becoming solid seasons.

The international break is a good time to analyze the early season numbers, so let’s run through WhoScored.com and a number of other sites to see who’s shining in England (and Wales, though we don’t expect to see a lot of Bluebirds).

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Let’s start with team stuff. Obviously, Man City, Chelsea, and Liverpool all boast league-best 6W-2D records, while Newcastle and Cardiff are league-worst 2D-6L.

City has scored the most goals (21), while its tied with Liverpool for fewest allowed in league play (3). Huddersfield Town and Cardiff (4) have scored the fewest, and Fulham has allowed the most (21).

City also has the most possession (65.3 percent), shots per game (21.8), and pass accuracy (89.9 percent). Worst possessors? Newcastle. Worst passers? Cardiff. Fewest shots? Newcastle.

Now, the fun stuff. Let’s praise individuals in a sport with 22 players on the field most of the time.

It will come as no surprise that this season is all about Eden.

Goals: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (7)

Assists: Six players have four, with Benjamin Mendy of Man City doing it in the fewest amount of minutes (450).

Man of the Match awards: Hazard (5)

Key passes per game: David Silva, Man City (3.7)

Dribbles per game: Hazard (2.8)

Times fouled per game: James Maddison, Leicester City (3)

Average passes per game: Jorginho, Chelsea (106.6)

Crosses per game: Kieran Trippier, Spurs (2.6)

Tackles per game: Idrissa Gueye, Everton (5.3)

Interceptions per game: Etienne Capoue, Watford (3.4)

Clearances per game: Steve Cook, Bournemouth (7.9)

Blocks per game: James Tarkowski, Burnley (2)

Yellow cards: Jose Holebas, Watford (5)

Red cards: Wes Morgan, Leicester City (2)

Bournemouth hammer 10-man Watford

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  • Bournemouth’s biggest away win in Premier League
  • Kabasele sent off, gave away PK
  • Two goals from Josh King
  • Cherries up to fifth in table

Bournemouth beat 10-man Watford 4-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday, as the Cherries secured their biggest-ever away win in the Premier League.

Two first half goals from Josh King and another from David Brooks made it 3-0, then Callum Wilson made it 4-0 after the break as Watford’s Christian Kabasele was sent off as he gave away a penalty kick.

With the win Bournemouth move up to fifth in the table and have 16 points as they jump above Watford who remain on 13 points.

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After a lively start to the game, the first key moment arrived as a free kick into the box saw Watford’s Kabasele flatten Asmir Begovic and was booked for his troubles.

Moments later Begovic saved Will Hughes‘ volley after a goalmouth scramble as the hosts settled well but then Bournemouth struck on the counter to take the lead.

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Josh King flew down the left flank moments after Watford called for a handball in the box, and he found Wilson in the box but his shot was well saved by Ben Foster. However, Brooks was on hand to calmly slot home to put the Cherries 1-0 up.

Craig Cathcart somehow headed wide when completely unmarked at a corner, as the Hornets pushed hard for an equalizer. Wilson was then guilty of missing a big chance at the other end as he headed wide with the goal gaping.

Kabasele then took down King in the box and was handed a second yellow card as King scored the penalty kick to give Bournemouth a 2-0 lead and leave Watford with 10 men. And it got worse for Watford as King nodded home Wilson’s cross right on half time to make it 3-0. Game over.

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In the second half it was a case of damage limitation for Watford but they conceded again within two minutes of the restart.

A cross from the left from Ryan Fraser found Wilson and he finished at the second attempt after being left wide open. 4-0. Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue then had a disagreement on a sorry afternoon for the Hornets.

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Bournemouth eased to victory in the latter stages as they threatened to score more on the break, but Howe’s side settled for four goals and a clean sheet as their fantastic start to the season continues.

Watch Live: Spurs, Leicester, Everton all play at 10am ET

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Five Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, with Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Everton in action and plenty of tight clashes.

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Let’s see which teams can head off into the international break on a high.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Tottenham vs. Cardiff – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Huddersfield – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Wolves – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester vs. Everton – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Watford vs. Bournemouth – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]

Watford’s Deulofeu finally ready for selection

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Gerard Deulofeu‘s long road to back to the field may finally be reaching its end point.

The Spanish winger is reportedly available for selection for the first time this season, ahead of Watford’s match against Bournemouth this weekend. Deulofeu hasn’t played since the final day of last season, a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, in which Deulofeu played 63 minutes before being substituted off.

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In the interim, Deulofeu was forced to sit on the sidelines with foot and hip problems as Spain crashed out of the 2018 World Cup to host Russia and his Watford teammates opened the season with four straight victories.

Saturday’s match could be the first change for Deulofeu to make a name for himself in a new permanent home, after bouncing between FC Barcelona, Everton and elsewhere over the last five years. Deulofeu returned to the Premier League last January with Watford, though he only made seven league appearances, but the club saw enough in him to purchase his transfer rights for a fee of around $15 million.

In his younger days, the now 24-year-old winger was a dynamic and lightning-quick attacker with a central midfielder’s technique to boot. But a string of injuries, plus a failure to ultimately make the grade at his boyhood club Barcelona, has left Deulofeo on the fringe of the Spanish National Team and looking like a shell of his former self. Perhaps his first appearance of the season could jumpstart would could be a crucial year in his career.