Watford vs Arsenal League Predictions

Premier League Watford vs Arsenal
Watford vs Arsenal Premier League

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Arsenal’s woeful away form gets another test as the Gunners go to Watford, the Hornets likely still celebrating their dramatic FA Cup semi-final win a week earlier.

Predictions

The same day Watford came from behind to knock Wolves out of the FA Cup, Arsenal slumped to arguably a season-worst performance at Everton. They may have only lost 1-0 but only a scoreline of a few goals’ difference would have adequately reflected just how below par Unai Emery’s team was.

Indeed, Emery’s decision to go with three centre-backs didn’t work out. It meant his team were outnumbered elsewhere on the pitch – and the trio couldn’t cope with Dominic Calvert-Lewin anyway. Troy Deeney, when seeing the mess Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi got into, should be relishing this fixture.

Arsenal did improve after Emery added another striker to the mix but it was slight at best, and a well-drilled, hard-working Watford side will look to frustrate and dominate Arsenal in much the same way as the Toffees. Javi Gracia has fashioned a robust team with a spark from the likes of Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu, exactly what Arsenal failed to cope against on their last outing.

Watford’s form has been something of a mixed bag, though – making them hard to judge if you’re a popular sportsbook – and finding some consistency between now and the end of the season will determine just how close the Hornets get to the top six. An FA Cup final appearance largely renders the campaign a success either way, at least.

Gracia will be aware that lately his side have struggled against the teams above them – being trounced 5-0 by Liverpool, losing at Manchester City and falling to Manchester United. But all three of those games were away from home, and if anything, Watford should have won at Old Trafford. And while Arsenal are above their hosts, they lack anything like the skill, depth and cutting edge of the league’s top two.

So while it seems the bookies favour an Arsenal win, if anything, Watford should be the favourites. It’ll be closer than Arsenal’s defeat at Everton, with 2-1 to Watford looking like a possible outcome.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Watford haven’t kept a clean sheet since February, an FA Cup win over Queens Park Rangers. And while Arsenal drew a blank at Everton, only City and Liverpool have outscored the London club in the league this season. 888Sport price Watford to win and both teams to score at 17/4.

Emery left Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang on the bench for the first half at Goodison Park, and saw his side enter a toothless 45-minute display. He’s one of the league’s top scorers, and forms a strong partnership with Alexandre Lacazette, so don’t expect Emery to make that same mistake here. Unibet make it 11/10 that Auba responds with a goal.

Statistics

Head to Head

Watford have lost both of their last two meetings with Arsenal without scoring, going down 2-0 in September 2018 and 3-0 in March of the same year.

But the last time Arsenal went to Vicarage Road, in October of the 2017-18 season, they were beaten 2-1 when the home side came from behind through Deeney and a last minute Tom Cleverley penalty.

Stats

  • Watford are a streaky team – they won five in a row to start the season, then didn’t win any of the next five. They’ve also had a run of six games without a win and six games without defeat this season.
  • Arsenal have two players in the league’s top 10 scorers – Aubameyang and Lacazette, with 17 and 13 respectively. By contrast, Watford’s leading league scorer is Deeney on nine.
  • Watford have received the second-most yellow cards in the league this season, with 63. Only Burnley, 64, have had more.
  • And Watford have the player with the most bookings – defender Jose Holebas has been cautioned 11 times, one more than Arsenal’s Sokratis.
By:James Cooke

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

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