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Premier League Watford v Arsenal

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Sunday, September 15, 2019


Vicarage Road

Punter's Pick

We do feel that with Arsenal’s firepower and Watford’s struggles this season that the Gunners are favourites to win this game. The Hornets are really struggling for goals and certainly miss their captain Troy Deeney and one point from four games has proven this. Hence the price offered by Bet365 at evens (1/1) for an Arsenal win represents excellent value. 

Watford welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road having recently fired their manager Javi Gracia and bringing back Enrique Sanchez Flores to the club. They will be looking to get their first league victory against an Arsenal team that has also stuttered in recent weeks and need to gain momentum of their own in their search for a top four place.

It has been a tumultuous few weeks at Vicarage Road after the sacking of Javi Gracia, who lead Watford to their best Premier League finish and an FA Cup Final last term. However three losses from their opening three games and a 1-1 draw away at Newcastle was enough to convince the owners that change was needed. Enrique Sanchez Flores is the man brought back to the club to change their fortunes and he has a tough opening encounter against Arsenal. Goals have been the issue for the Hornets and they have missed the presence of their talisman Troy Deeney, who has been out after having knee surgery. The style of play has had to be adjusted and thus far it has taken longer for the likes of Andre Gray, Deulofeu and Pereyra to adapt. Flores will be hoping that new signing Danny Welbeck could help be a catalyst for improvement and help push the team further up the table.

Arsenal arrive having won their opening two games only to lose against Liverpool and draw against arch rivals Tottenham. The defensive frailty that was often a symbol of the latter years of Arsene Wenger’s reign were laid bare again as the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane tore into their backline and Liverpool went into an insurmountable 3-0 lead. Some fighting spirit from Torreira ensured they got their consolation but the following game saw Arsenal twice fall behind to Tottenham. Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang managed to salvage a draw but fans will feel that this is an all too familiar story with the team having a soft underbelly when they play against the big teams.

In team news, Craig Cathcart joins his captain Troy Deeney on the treatment table after suffering from a muscle problem. Flores doesn’t seem to have other fresh injury concerns so a lot of the team that was available against Newcastle should be at the Spaniards disposal on Sunday.

Arsenal will be missing Alexandre Lacazette who has been ruled out until at least October having suffered an ankle injury. Much of the goalscoring emphasis will again shift onto Aubameyang with the midfield needing to play a key role in supporting their star striker. Guendouzi has had a few good games and was singled out for praise against Tottenham and is likely to start in midfield. Who joins him will be interesting especially given the lack of playing time afforded to Mesut Ozil. The German has been protected since a carjacking attempt on him and teammate Kolasinac but the playmaker could feature on Sunday. Long term absentees Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tiernay are all fit and training again but Sunday’s game is likely to come too soon for the trio.

In recent meetings Arsenal have had the better of their opponents with the Gunners winning both fixtures last season. Two goals in the last ten minutes saw Arsenal take the points at the Emirates before an Aubameyang strike sealed the win at Vicarage Road. The Gunners certainly haven’t had it all their own way and they can expect a tough game against a rejuvenated Watford team who will be looking to impress their new manager.

Punter's Pick

We do feel that with Arsenal’s firepower and Watford’s struggles this season that the Gunners are favourites to win this game. The Hornets are really struggling for goals and certainly miss their captain Troy Deeney and one point from four games has proven this. Hence the price offered by Bet365 at evens (1/1) for an Arsenal win represents excellent value. 

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