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Arsenal v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

September 25, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Emirates Stadium - Premier League

Arsenal host Watford this weekend, with Unai Emery's side looking to extend their winning run to five consecutive Premier League games.

Past Meetings

Arsenal won this tie 3-0 at The Emirates last season, with Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre--Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan on the score sheet.

But Watford won 2-1 at home, with a late goal from Tom Cleverley.

Team News

Arsenal are set to be without defender Sokratis, who was withdrawn in their win over Everton with a knee injury. Rob Holding is set to partner Mustafi in this game.

Mkhitaryan should be fit to play after shaking off an ankle problem, but Laurent Koscielny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles are still out of action.

Watford have no injury update on three first team absentees, with Cleverley, Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu all still sidelined.

Arsenal v Watford Predictions and Preview

Arsenal have improved significantly since losing the first two games of the season, to Manchester City and Chelsea, winning every game since in domestic and European action.

Watford are experiencing the opposite situation, after winning their first four Premier League encounters of the campaign, they have now lost to Manchester United and drawn with Watford, ahead of the trip to Arsenal.

Emery knows that he will be under the microscope this season, and his brief to get Arsenal back into the Champions League is clear, and that means that he must get positive results in games like this.

Despite Watford's positive start, there is a sense that Arsenal are gathering momentum in recent weeks ,and they should have enough to win - priced at 2/5.

Whilst The Gunners have been in strong form of late, they still look questionable in defence, with the 2-0 win over Everton last weekend their first clean sheet of the season.

Alongside that is the fact Watford have scored in every Premier League game so for this season, and a BTTS bet comes in at 4/6.

Recommended Bets

Arsenal to win 3-1 at 10/1

Emery now appears to have got his forward line to click into gear, with their second half showing against Everton particularly impressive. They scored three at home against The Hornets last season, and in their current goal scoring form they are in a position to do it again.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score first at 5/2

The Gabonese international is Arsenal's top scorer with four goals so far this season with four goals, including three in his last two appearances. He also netted against Javi Gracia's side last season, and he is expected to be a real threat again this weekend.

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