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Bournemouth boss says it will be a totally different game with Watford this time around
9:38am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Latest Sport
Eddie Howe says Bournemouth will prioritise their Championship assault ahead of tonight’s League Cup tie against Watford, but admits a cup run would be nice.
The Cherries were hit for six when they visited Vicarage Road just 18 days ago in the Championship, but with both sides expected to make a number of changes to their starting XIs, the result will be far from a forgone conclusion.
"It would be nice to reach the third round," said Howe. "I am not going to make any secret of the fact the league is our biggest priority this season but this is still a competition we would like to do well in and we would like to progress as far as we can."
Howe continued: "Our record in the League Cup is not great but we would love to progress because, as other clubs have shown down the years, you never know what can happen once you win a few games. That will be the aim but it will be tough."
Hornets' head coach Gianfranco Zola confirmed he will make several changes to the starting line-up which featured against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, whilst Howe will be without midfielder Eunan O’Kane and attacker Mohamed Coulibaly.
"It is a totally different game and a difficult game to prepare for," admitted Howe. "We are not sure what team Watford will play and they won’t know what team we are going to play either."
You can read Zola's comments on tonight's game here.
Vicarage Road is a special ground for Howe. Find out why here.
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