By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 30th September 2018
Arsenal will welcome Javi Garcia’s Watford to the Emirates on Saturday as part of the teatime kick-offs. Unai Emery’s men will have to be wary of Watford, who have impressed from the onset of the season and have the firepower to capitalise on Arsenal’s defensive woes.
Arsenal vs Watford: Odds and predictions
The Hornets have been tipped as 11/2 favourites as part of William Hill’s Arsenal vs Watford odds, with Unai Emery’s men trading at 4/9 and a potential draw betting at a 19/5 pick.
Watford have made an impressive start to the 2018/19 season, showcasing an offensive threat and operating well as a defensive unit. Despite a recent defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and this weekend’s draw against Fulham, they will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a leaky Arsenal side that kept their first clean sheet of the season against Everton on Sunday.
Leading the goal-scoring threat is Roberto Pereyra who has been prolific for Watford this season. His pace, skill and trickery with the ball will cause the Arsenal fullbacks problems, and we’ve tipped him to make it onto the score-sheet as part of our Arsenal vs Watford predictions.
Watford have picked up three victories in their last six matches versus Arsenal in all competitions (L3), this after losing each of the previous six in a row, and will be a good team to punt on.
Yet despite struggling defensively, Arsenal are still a potent, attacking unit and have won four games in a row in the Premier League hence their 4/9 favouritism odds to come out on top.
The attacking partnership of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has benefited them in front of goal, and the former has been tipped to score again.
Lacazette has scored in each of his last four home starts in the Premier League, netting five goals in total. The last player to score in five successive starts at the Emirates for Arsenal was Robin van Persie in the 2011-12 campaign.
Lacazette and Aubameyang’s output whilst on the pitch at the same time reads as so: seven goals and three assists for Lacazette and six goals and two assists for Aubameyang. Playing 586 minutes together, the duo average a goal or assist every 33 minutes.
Arsenal vs Watford predictions: Head to head
Watford have won only three times against Arsenal in the last dozen fixtures against the Gunners, but our betting tipsters are projecting that this outing will have a far different outcome, making it a lively wager for punters.
In recent meetings, Watford have been undone by Arsenal’s attacking prowess, but with a far sturdier defence and potent goal-scoring line-up, we expect the Hornets to cause more problems for Emery’s side.
Arsenal vs Watford: Predictions, best bet, scorers
Predicted score: Watford to win 2-1, with odds betting @ a 16/1 pick
Despite being on the other side of a 2-1 score-line against Jose Mourinho’s United – given that they have been pitted against another top six side – we’ve tipped them to nullify Arsenal’s attack and instigate their own in a 2-1 win, with odds of 16/1 as part of our Arsenal vs Watford predictions.
Whilst this may seem a tall order, Watford’s win over title-challengers Tottenham proves that they are capable of emulating a similar victory over Emery’s men.
Best bet: Draw and over 2.5 goals, trading @ 10/1
It is likely that given the attacking assets that both sides, have, they will cancel each other out in front of goal.
Whilst Arsenal edge the offensive front, Garcia’s Watford are a tight-knit defensive unit, with players like Jose Holebas and Daryl Janmaat impressing at the back.
We’ve forecast that the game will end in a draw, yet a potential total of over 2.5 goals scored in the match seems a logical estimate as part of our Arsenal vs Watford predictions.
Predicted scorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, odds trading @ 16/5.
Aubameyang has already been prolific in front of goal with his strike-partner Lacazette, and we’ve made him our pick to save the Gunners once again as part of our Arsenal vs Watford odds.
The Gabonese forward is not only pacey, but also smart in finding pockets of space in and round Watford’s defence that Aaron Ramsey and Mezut Ozil will be able to find him in.
Arsenal vs Watford stats: Opta
- Watford’s Andre Gray is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League games for the first time. He last did so in league competition in March 2016, in the Championship with Burnley.
- Since his debut in the competition, only Mohamed Salah (16) has scored more Premier League goals than Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (12, level with Harry Kane).
- Arsenal’s last home Premier League defeat in a game kicking off at 3pm on a Saturday was on the opening day of the 2013-14 season (1-3 vs Aston Villa). Since then they’ve taken 56 of a possible 60 points in such matches (P20 W18 D2 L0).
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.