Arsenal vs Watford | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds
The Gunners are finally looking as they should. Lethal, strong, with high moral, and what is more important, invincible. In the seventh round of the EPL, they are hosting in-form Watford who showed some signs of slowing down in the last couple of days. Nevertheless, this is going to be one very interesting match to watch.
Arsenal is, surprisingly or not, behind Watford in the table. The hosts, who defeated Everton, 2:0, last week, and also eliminated Brentford from the EFL Cup this Wednesday, 3:1, are placed sixth with 12 points, one fewer than the Hornets, who are holding the fourth spot. They got eliminated from the cup, by losing against Tottenham after the penalties. The result after regular 90 minutes was 2:2.
Unai Emery found the formula for good performances, and his team is red-hot at the moment with six consecutive victories, in which the Gunners scored two or more goals. They did manage to keep clean sheets only once, but the offensive part of the assembly is working perfectly for now, and they cover all the mistakes of their teammates from behind. Arsenal’s last match was played this Wednesday when they eliminated Brentford from the EFL Cup, with the several of their biggest stars in the lineup. Man of the match award went to a bit forgotten Danny Welbeck who scored a brace. It was the sixth time in the last seven fixtures, in which Arsenal participated, to see over 2.5 goals or both teams to score, and that is an essential data for us punters.
Javi Garcia’s miracle is slowly starting to go down. After an excellent start, and four straight wins, they are on a cold streak in which they couldn’t triumph in the previous three contests. The last blow came during mid-week when they played against Tottenham in the EFL Cup. After 2:2 in the regular time, the Hornets were eliminated on penalties. Before that, guests couldn’t defeat Fulham in London, 1:1, and seven days earlier, Man Utd took all three points from Vicarage road, 1:2. It appears that their form is going down, and Garcia needs to do something to improve his players. Watford played eight matches this season in all competition, and six finished with both teams to score, while 5 saw over 2.5 goals.
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As always, Arsenal has many injured player in its squad. Carl Jenkinson, Laurent Koscielny, Maitland-Niles and Konstantinos Mavropanos. The other Greek international among the Gunners, Sokratis will probably be ready for the upcoming match. Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverly are definitely out for this Saturday, while Miguel Britos, Stefan Okaka and Sebastian Prodl are expected to be ready.
Arsenal is slightly better when watching the entire history of this matchup. They have 15 wins, while Watford has 12, and only one game ended with a draw. Since Watford became a member of the Premiership back in 2015, all six events they had finished with over 2.5 goals. Last year, the honors were split with one triumph apiece, 2:1 for Watford at home and 3:0 for the Gunners at Emirates.
Odds and Predictions
Arsenal is the favorite in this clash, and the bookies recognized that. It is why the odds for their win are 1.40, and on Watford’s 6.50. A draw will multiply your stake five times if it happens.
Arsenal vs Watford | Top Betting Tip: Arsenal (2-1)
We are backing up the hosts to win this one without the slightest doubt in that assessment. Simply, Arsenal’s form is going up, and Watford’s is going down, and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that. Plus we have a home ground advantage, which is very useful for the Gunners these days. The overall efficiency of the match is expected to be high, and over 2.5 goals should be seen here. Hosts are looking quite sharp up front, and we believe that Watford is capable of hitting the target at least once, and when you put these two together, goals are inevitable. Our final advice for this fixture, Arsenal – Watford 2:1.