Watford v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 11, 2019
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Quique Sanchez Flores returns to the helm looking to get Watford off the bottom of the Premier League table, but faces a tough task in facing Arsenal. The Gunners may not be at their best, but will have been boosted by a rousing come-back against Tottenham before the international break.
Arsenal easily got the better of Watford in both meetings last season, with their most recent fixture secured by an early goal from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Flores will be without Captain Troy Deeney, who is set to miss several weeks following a knee injury. As a result, Danny Welbeck could feature against his former club, potentially partnering Gerard Deulofeu or Andre Gray up front.
Unai Emery faces a potential shortage of midfielders, with both Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira doubts for Saturday. This could see Dani Ceballos returning to the starting line-up, with Joe Willock also expected to feature. Konstantinos Mavropanos, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney all remain side-lined, although Mesut Ozil will be in contention to start on Saturday.
Watford v Arsenal Predictions and Previews
Watford head into this weekend's fixture with a new manager, having sacked Javi Gracia for failing to win in the opening four Premier League games. Sanchez Flores, who departed Watford in 2016, has very much a re-baptism by fire against Arsenal, and may struggle to make an immediate impact.
For the Gunners, the international break may have interrupted the first signs of the team building momentum. A stunning second half against Tottenham saw Arsenal playing the fast-paced, aggressive football that Unai Emery has been trying to encourage, only for the players to depart for two weeks.
Nevertheless, the coach will look to build on that performance against Watford, going from the offensive early on through an attacking trio of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe. Despite this array of attacking talents, Arsenal's defensive frailties will give the Hornets hope, as the side have proven to struggle against fast, nimble attackers such as Deulofeu.
The Spanish winger-turned forward can be unplayable on his day, and with the visitors potentially missing their first choice defensive midfielders, could be left free to attack David Luiz and Sokratis at will. Flores will know that this is their hosts weakness, although may be tempted to push Deulofeu out wide to accommodate his favoured 4-4-2 formation, bolstering the midfielder. This would surely play into Emery's hands, with the manager more than happy to bypass the midfield in build up play, moving the ball quickly onto the forwards instead.
Arsenal go into the game favourites, although the new-manager effect is not to be underestimated, and as Watford showed at times last season, there is more than enough quality in the squad to cause the visitors problems.
Aubameyang to score anytime 6/5
The Gabon forward has been in fine form this season and will look to push on against Watford
Arsenal to win and both teams to score at 12/5
The away side should come out on top, but Watford's front line could well cause them problems