Bournemouth head coach Eddie Howe expects the clash with Watford at Vicarage Road to be a tense tussle, with a win for either side a major boost to their season.
The Cherries and the Hornets are locked on 36 points apiece heading into the weekend action, with a three-point return on Saturday almost certain to see the winning team dismiss any lingering fears of being dragged back into the relegation dogfight.
And Howe is well aware of the importance of the game, with his ultimate target the matching or an improvement on the 46-point return of last season in the Premier League.
He told reporters: "I think the weekend's result will go a long way to helping the winning team.
"We always try and set a target or bar. I think it's healthy for the players to see an objective at the start of the season. If we can get close to or beat our target from last season, we'll be in a good position."
Meanwhile, Howe was also full of praise for the fighting spirit and determination shown by his squad, with the Cherries having only lost twice in their last 12 league games.
He added: "I think a lot of it is within the players themselves. They are a great group, they want to do well and want to win.
"When you have those characteristics within you, you never give up and never quit. I don't think you can."
The Cherries are without a win in their previous five Premier League meetings with Watford and are 23/10 to take all three points on Saturday, with a 1-1 draw priced at 6/1 and a 2-2 final scoreline available at 12/1.
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