Watford vs Arsenal betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

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Watford vs Arsenal prediction: Watford 1-2 Arsenal

It’s the beginning of a new era at Watford. Sort of.

The Hornets have changed Head Coach over the international break so will they enjoy a new manager bounce here?

Arsenal will certainly be hoping that is not the case.

The Gunners have endured a good start to the season so far but will be targeting a win from their short trip 16.4 miles north-west.

Who will win at Vicarage Road?

Highlights of Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Highlights of Newcastle United 1-1 Watford

Watford vs Arsenal: Who will win?

Watford are 5/2 to get their first win of the season.

Arsenal meanwhile are 19/20 odds on to repeat April’s win at Watford.

A draw, which would be a good result for the home side, is 11/4.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score is 4/9.

Arsenal to win and both teams to score is 21/10.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on August 11, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Andre Gray will be up front for the home side. He is 6/1 to score first and 21/10 to net anytime.

Danny Welbeck meanwhile could feature against his former club. He is the same, 6/1 to break the deadlock and 21/10 to get his first goal for his new club.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang meanwhile has three goals already, that’s more than Watford. He is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 6/5 to add to his tally.

Alexandre Lacazette has scored on both of his starts this season. He is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 6/4 to score anytime.

Both Gerard Deulofeu and Gray to score is 10/1.

Both Craig Dawson and Gray to score is 33/1.

Both Lacazette and Aubameyang to score is 9/2.

Both Nicolas Pépé and Aubameyang to score is 5/1.

Watford vs Arsenal: Match preview

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19:Will Hughes of Watford celebrates scoring his team’s third goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Watford FC at Turf Moor on August 19, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s been all change at Watford over the international break.

On Saturday, it was announced that Javi Gracia had been sacked at Head Coach after a terrible run of form.

His side started this campaign with three straight defeats, losing to Brighton, Everton and West Ham.

They did then pick up their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle but that was not enough to save Gracia’s job.

That’s because Watford have only actually won four of their last 16 Premier League games and three of the sides they beat are now in the Championship.

Also, they have not kept a single clean sheet in that time frame, conceding 33 goals and scoring 19.

This, at the time, was overshadowed by their run to the FA Cup Final where, of course, they were hammered 6-0 by Manchester City.

So, the man back at the helm is Quique Sánchez Flores.

He was in charge of Watford for the 2015/16 campaign, guiding them to 13th in the table and an FA Cup semi-final.

He was sacked at the end of the season after a dispute over finances and has managed two clubs since.

He led Espanyol to a respectable eighth placed finish in La Liga before doing less well in China.

He won just five of his 17 matches in charge of one of the biggest clubs over there, Shànghǎi Shēnhuā.

Back in England now, can he get Watford out of the current difficult predicament they find themselves in?

A statement win in his first game back would do the world of good.

An Away win for Arsenal?

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: David Luiz in front of Mattéo Guendouzi of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

As for the visitors, they’ve had a pretty good start to the season.

A 1-0 win at Newcastle was followed by a 2-1 victory over Burnley in their first home game.

But then, the difficulty level of their matches shot up.

Unai Emery’s side were simply outclassed at Anfield as they went down 3-1 to Liverpool.

Then, a fortnight ago, they hosted Tottenham in a huge North London Derby.

Early on, it certainly did not go to plan.

Spurs were 2-0 up after 40 minutes and it looked like being a miserable afternoon for the Arsenal faithful.

But, in first half stoppage time, Alexandre Lacazette smashed home a quite stupendous goal to reduce the arrears.

Then, in the second half, man of the match Mattéo Guendouzi picked out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who poked home an equaliser.

Arsenal probably should have won it late on but, a point is always a good one when you’ve come from 2-0 behind.

From now on though, the fixtures come thick and fast.

It is quite possible that Arsenal’s next free mid-week will be the week commencing January 13th starting with a trip to Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday.

First though, they need to win this one so will it be another successful trip to Watford for Arsenal?

Watford team news vs Arsenal

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Watford FC at Turf Moor on August 19, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

As this is Quique Sánchez Flores’ first game in charge, it is hard to confidently predict his starting XI.

Ben Foster is expected to keep his place in goal despite the fact only two Premier League goalkeepers have conceded more than his eight.

The Hornets lined-up with a 3-5-2 at Newcastle a fortnight ago but are expected to revert to a back four here.

In defence, Christian Kabasele is expected to partner Craig Cathcart.

Daryl Janmaat could get the nod over Kiko Femenía at right-back.

On the other side, only four Premier League players have put in more crosses this season than José Cholevas so he will be someone Arsenal have to be aware of.

In midfield, Étienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucouré were such a strong partnership last season but neither have hit those heights so far this time around.

Will Hughes, who scored Watford’s second fastest Premier League goal on Tyneside, will be on the right.

Up front, Arsenal fans will be relieved to know that Troy Deeney is still out with a long-term knee problem.

Thus, the goalscoring responsibility will fall on Andre Gray and Gerard Deulofeu.

Summer arrivals Danny Welbeck, who joined from Arsenal, and Ismaïla Sarr, who scored against Arsenal for Rennes in February, will be on the bench.

Will the second Quique era at Watford begin with a win?

Arsenal team news vs Watford

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Joe Willock of Arsenal celebrates his teams first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

As for Arsenal, they have recorded 13 errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of last season; the most of any club in the competition.

Unai Emery will be hoping to cut out those mistakes starting here.

Bernd Leno added to that tally against Tottenham but remains the undisputed number one.

In defence, Rob Holding is back in first-team contention but is highly unlikely to be thrown straight into the action.

Héctor Bellerín and Kieran Tierney are still not fit so Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolašinac will continue at full-back.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz appear to be the first choice centre-backs although Calum Chambers will be expecting an opportunity in the Europa League.

In midfield, Mattéo Guendouzi’s outstanding performance in the derby means he’s certainly set to start.

Granit Xhaka meanwhile was far less impressive so he’s likely to drop out with Joe Willock coming in.

Lucas Torreira arrived back late after international duty so is expected to be a substitute.

Further forward, Dani Ceballos is also likely to come into the side; he leads the way with assists at Arsenal with two so far.

Mesut Özil is likely to be a substitute having not played a single minute this season.

Up front, Emery would have been hoping to select his first choice front three.

However, it was announced on Friday afternoon at Alexandre Lacazette would be out until next month with an ongoing knee problem.

A big blow.

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pépé should be fresh.

Neither were away last week with Gabon or Côte d’Ivoire respectively.

With Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s departure on deadline day, Reiss Nelson is next in line and should get his third start of the season here.

Will Arsenal get back to winning ways?

Predicted Watford line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Watford line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Watford line-up vs Arsenal.

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Watford

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Watford

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Watford.

Highlights of Watford 1-3 West Ham United

Highlights of Newcastle United 0-1 Arsenal

Highlights of Arsenal 2-1 Burnley

The latest tweets from Watford pre Arsenal

The latest tweets from Arsenal pre Watford

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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