Watford vs. Arsenal: Premier League – Match Preview

Quique Sanchez Flores’ first game in his second spell in charge of Watford see’s Arsenal travel to Vicarage Road.

Javi Gracia was dismissed after a poor start to the campaign during the recent international break.

Watford did earn a 1-1 draw away at Newcastle United in Gracia’s final game in charge.

Arsenal recovered from 2-0 down to earn a point at home to their local rivals Tottenham.

Both of their strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored the goals.

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Match history
Arsenal won both meetings last term, including a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.

Troy Deeney was sent off for Watford inside of 15 minutes; however the Gunners edged home despite a poor showing.

Last five Premier League meetings
Watford 0 Arsenal 1 – 15/04/19
Arsenal 2 Watford 0 – 29/09/18
Arsenal 3 Watford 0 – 11/03/18
Watford 2 Arsenal 1 – 14/10/17
Arsenal 1 Watford 2 – 31/01/17

Both teams to score – 1/2 with Coral

Team news
Deeney is the only guaranteed absentee for Watford, with their captain out for a few more months.

Etienne Capoue is a doubt due to illness, whilst Danny Welbeck is likely to get minutes against his former side.

Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney have returned to training, but are unlikely to be available under October.

Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are both doubts.

Expected starting XI’s
Watford (4-4-2): Foster; Janmaat, Dawson, Cathcart, Holebas; Sarr, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes; Gray, Deulofeu
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Willock; Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette

Predictions

Result: Arsenal (Evens with Betfair)

Correct Score: 1-2 (17/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Alexandre Lacazette (7/5 with 888 Sport)

Odds correct at time of article (17:30, 12/09), they are subject to change

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