This should be an interesting game at Vicarage Road on Monday night. Watford are on a great streak of home form at the moment and are aiming for a top seven finish. Arsenal’s ambitions of a top-four finish hit a bump last time out in the league, their poor away form coming back to haunt them. Read our Watford v Arsenal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 12th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
The Hornets have an FA Cup final to look forward too and they have a shot at a top seven finish in the league this season. Watford are on a three-match winning streak at home in the Premier League, going undefeated in their last five there. Each of their last six defeats in the league have been against one of the so-called big six. They have pretty much handle themselves against everyone else though. Their overall record at Vicarage Road this season is W8 D2 L5 where they have averaged 1.5 goals per game. 73% of Watford’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals.
While they have struggled against the better sides in the division, they did take the home win over Tottenham this season. Of their eight home victories, five of them have been by just the one-goal margin. Watford have no clean sheet in any of their last six played in the top flight, home and away. Each of those six have ended up going over 2.5 goals. Just four times this season have Watford been leading at half-time in a home fixture. The Hornets have scored 70% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures.
Arsenal were 2-0 winners at home over Watford in September
Things are even at two wins each in the last four EPL meetings
Watford won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season
11 of the last 12 meetings in all competitions have gone over 2.5 goals
Arsenal suffered a 1-0 loss at Everton in their last Premier League game which snapped a six-match undefeated streak of form that they were on. The Gunners have been having a terrible time of things away from home this season with just the one victory recorded in their last nine out on the road. Still their wait for a clean sheet away from home continues this season with none on the board so far. The overall away record of Arsenal is pretty poor at W5 D4 L6. They have not won an away game against any side currently sitting in the top half of the table losing four of six such fixtures.
Arsenal have been really slack at the back averaging 1.8 goals per game against them away from home this season. 73% of all of Arsenal’s away games have made it over 2.5 goals. Four of Arsenal’s five away wins this season have been by the one-goal margin only and for their six away defeats have been by just the one goal margin too. The Gunners have conceded 61% of their away goals in the first period of matches, but despite that, they have opened the scoring in nine of their 15 road fixtures. Only Manchester City in Liverpool have scored more league goals than Arsenal have done this season and they average 1.7 goals per away game.
It is not often that Arsenal have looked particularly comfortable on the road this season and will be nervous for this one. Watford are in great nick at Vicarage Road at the moment and have enough about them to go and get a revenge victory on the board. Home win.
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The Gunners have started to find their feet a little bit now with a four match unbeaten streak going in the top flight which kept them in the top five. But they head out on the road on Saturday evening for what looks to be a really difficult test. Watford have done very well for themselves this season under Marco Silvabutand they are just a point back of the Gunners, so there are a big three points up for grabs in this one and the Hornets will probably have plenty of backing in this one considering what they have achieved this term. Watford though are 9/2 underdogs at bet365 with the draw trading at 3/1 and Arsenal in at 4/7.
The Hornets have not picked up a win at home this season the Premier League with a D2 L1 record on the board. Their last home game turned out to be a harrowing affair as they were smashed 6-0 by Manchester City. It was just one of those days when there was nothing in it for the Hornets. But aside from that, they have produced a good season with a W3 D3 record on the board and they have been scoring well enough as well with at least two goals netted in five of their seven league games. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 should have some appeal at a price of 4/7 for this fixture even though the Hornets have failed to net in their last two home games but they are averaging 1.5 goals per game this season.
Last Six Premier League Head to Head
Arsenal 1 – 2 Watford
Watford 1 – 3 Arsenal
Arsenal 4 – 0 Watford
Watford 0 – 3 Arsenal
Watford 1- 2 Arsenal
Arsenal 3 – 0 Watford
Arsenal’s defence isn’t that solid and Watford will get chances. Joint top scorers for Watford so far this season are Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison with three goals each. Their shortest priced anytime goalscorer option for this one is Troy Deeney at 21/10 who is still looking for his first goal of the term. Watford have scored first in four of their seven games this season and the Hornets are currently four points better off than they were after seven games last season. Their defence has room for improvement and therefore both teams to score at bet365 is a price of 8/13. Last season they traded away wins against Arsenal but they have won just one of their previous eight games against Arsenal in the Premier League (L7).
Current League Form (most recent last)
Arsenal have scored at least three goals in five of their eight previous Premier League games against Watford. Alexandre Lacazette is the 20/21 bet365 anytime goalscorer favourite for this one with Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez at 11/10. Arsenal have dropped just two points in their last four league games and have a four match clean-sheet streak going. All three wins in that sequence were at home against sides currently 10th or lower in the league. This should be a bigger test for them. Away from home, Arsenal have collected just one point in three games and that was in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea in their last away game. They are still looking for their first away goal of the season as well.
Watford to win: The Hornets have yet to land a home win, but they have produced enough goals this season to suggest that they can challenge in this one. They were smashed in their last home game by Manchester City in a freak result and can land some redemption in this one. Home win.
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Neither of these have managed to put a win on the board so far this season in the top flight having earned just one point each from their games. Watford impressed at home against Chelsea last weekend though despite losing and could give Arsenal a tricky afternoon. Can the Gunners wake out of their slumber and start finding their feet for the season? The Gunners have won their last four visits to Vicarage Road, scoring at least two goals in each of those victories. Arsenal are trading at a price of 8/11 to pick up the three point withdraw at 11/4 and Watford at 4/1.
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The Hornets actually did alright against Chelsea least weekend at Vicarage Road, taking the lead in the match but were unable to hold out in the end. Can they rattle the Gunners as well? The Hornets don’t have a great run of form going against the Gunners at all though, having lost all six of their previous Premier League games against them. However, they did score a success over Arsenal last season, beating them 2-1 in the FA Cup quarter final. Can they take some heart from that? The last time that Watford beat Arsenal in a league match was back in April 1988. Watford have been ahead in both of their games this season, but have managed to take just the one point from those games, their opening 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Watford have produced the fewest shots on target (3), fewest total shots (11) and lowest number of touches in the opposition box (20) in the top flight so far this season. In the anytime goalscorer market for the game Watford have Odion Ighalo at 9/4 and Troy Deeney at 5/2 as options. Watford have shipped at least two goals in each of their last four home games against Arsenal and this one to go over 2.5 goals will return you a price of 19/20 with online betting site William Hill. Watford though have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League meetings with Arsenal and currently they are without a clean sheet in any of their last eight Premier League games. The Hornets have won just two of their last 14 league matches now.
So Arsenal have stuttered out of the gates with a loss against Liverpool and a draw against Leicester. But with them having won seven of their last eight games against the Hornets in all competitions, they are probably worth backing here. Alexis Sanchez has netted a couple of goals in his two previous appearances in the Premier League against Watford and he is a 7/5 quote in the anytime goalscorer market, along with Olivier Giroud who is likely to be back for the start of this one. With the offensive weakness that Watford have, you imagine that Arsenal will see plenty of the ball in this one and keep the Hornets pushed back. There are clear strides forward that Arsenal have to make this season, can they get their season up and running with three points at Vicarage Road?
The Hornets haven’t bagged a clean sheet for a long time now and aren’t creating an awful lot going forward this term either. Arsenal have been showing signs that they aren’t a million miles away from getting on top of their game. They were frustrated by Leicester last week but should be able to cut loose a little bit against an open Watford defence. Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals in the game.
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The Gunners were sublime in taking apart Manchester United in a 3-0 victory just before the international break. Will the Gunners be able to slip back into high gear immediately and put their fourth win on the bounce on the board at Vicarage Road? Watford have done well defensively at home this season having conceded just the three goals, will they be strong enough to keep the confident Gunners off the board though? Arsenal are 4/7 for the win, with the draw at 3/1 and Watford at 5/1.
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This could well be a pretty interesting clash at Vicarage Road. Watford have done alright on home turf this season, having conceded just the one goal in four games played there. The Hornets have put up a W1 D2 L1 record in their home fixtures so far and it will be interesting to see if they can keep Arsenal off the board. Watford have a game plan this season and that is defend, keep tight and narrow. They have only put one home goal on the board this season so there has been an average of 0.25 goals per game at Vicarage Road this term. It does equate to Watford having banked three clean sheets and they are a long 5/1 quote to pick up another one on Saturday. Tough ask of them though probably.
Watford have scored just six goals in the top flight this season (the lowest of all teams) and Odion Ighalo has scored Watford’s last five Premier League goals. He is a 3/1 anytime goalscorer quote in the game with William Hill and team mate Troy Deeney is up at the same price. Watford have never won a Premier League game in the month of October (D4 L5), having drawn their first one this year with a 1-1 tie at Bournemouth. The last three between these two played at Vicarage Road have all gone over 2.5 goals which is trading at a price of 4/6. The Hornets have lost their last five in a row against the Gunners in all competitions, their last win over Arsenal coming back in 1988 in the old English Division One.
Arsenal have scored at least three goals in three of their last four against Watford (at least two in each of the last four). The Gunners eased themselves into full on title challenging mode last time out with a 3-0 win over Manchester United and adding to their 5-2 win at Leicester, they have put eight goals up in their last two games. Alexis Sanchez has come to life with three goals in his last two games and he is a 7/5 anytime goalscorer quote alongside Theo Walcott, who has 12 goals and three assists in his last 14 Premier League starts. Olivier Giroud comes in at 11/10. Arsenal have taken four clean sheets in their last six Premier League matches and they are up at a quote of 2/1 to win to nil. The Gunners have won three of their four games on the road this season and will justifiably go as favourites as they aim to sustain their Premier League title challenge.
Watford have been pretty solid at the back at home, but overall you would back the Gunners to come through with the win because of the attacking power which they can boast. It may be worth considering a draw/Arsenal half time/full time bet through for a poke of 7/2 with Hills.
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Odion Ighalo has scored Watford’s last five Premier League goals. That’s a pretty remarkable stretch of scoring and it makes him pretty much the only one worth looking at from Waterford’s perspective in the anytime goalscorer market with William Hill. He is an 11/4 quote to find the back of the net.
Petr Cech could yet well play a huge part in Arsenal’s title ambitions following his move from Chelsea. The Arsenal shot-stopper has the best save percentage in the PL this season (82%, minimum 5 saves).
Watford have the lowest shot conversion rate (8.6%) and shooting accuracy (34.3%) figures in the Premier League this season.
Alexis Sanchez has scored five times in his last two league appearances. He is finding his feet again and filling up with confidence and he is a 7/5 anytime goalscorer quote, the same price as Theo Walcott.
Heurelho Gomes has made 14 punches this season; five more than any other PL keeper.
The top two players for most sprints in the Premier League this term are Aaron Ramsey (560) and Ikechi Anya (533).
Theo Walcott has 12 goals and three assists in his last 14 Premier League starts.
Watford have never won a Premier League game in the month of October (D4 L5). The Hornets are a big 5/1 price to make it happen on Saturday evening against the Gunners.
The Gunners have won their last five meetings with the Hornets in all competitions, including all four previous Premier League clashes. Arsenal are taking at a 4/7 price to pick up the win with the draw at 3/1.
Watford have only conceded three goals in their last six top-flight matches at Vicarage Road. Not a bad defensive return there at all and the game can be backed at a price of 6/5 to go under 2.5 goals.
The average number of goals scored in league games at Vicarage Road this term is 0.25
The last three clashes between Watford and Arsenal at Vicar Road though have flown over the 2.5 goal mark. Both teams to score in the game can be backed at a price of 8/11 with William Hill.
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Arsenal were brimming over with confidence as they smashed Manchester United before the international break. Watford have one game plan and that is to keep it as tight as possible, but Arsenal should have the pace and the creativity to break them down and put the win on the board as they have done on their last three visits to Vicarage Road.
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