Since losing 3-2 at Chelsea, it’s been fairly plain sailing for Arsenal who have racked up five consecutive Premier League victories. Supporters are starting to enjoy life under Unai Emery.
After two straight defeats, some fans felt a little nervous going into a London derby against West Ham although the confidence levels have slowly risen since that win as Emery sets about making a team in his own image.
The opposition hasn’t been too tricky since the reverse at Stamford Bridge, although the winning habit was lost under Arsene Wenger, with this season’s team able to land the three points in a manner of ways. They are 9/20 with BetVictor to make it five wins on the bounce against Watford.
Tricky Gunners Outing Against Toffees
Arsenal had to weather the storm against Everton during last weekend’s match and Petr Cech was a busy man until the London side wrested control of the game and scored two lovely goals in the second half.
Even so, this was their first clean sheet of the season and their defensive shortcomings might be exposed by a Watford side with grand ambitions this term after a strong start to the campaign.
Ladbrokes have 6/1 about the visitors and they have already won handsomely at Burnley this season, with a victory likely to be pinpointed here rather than simply trying to eke out a point.
The Hornets were tipped by many to be relegation fodder although Javi Gracia has moulded a team who look capable of a top half finish this season, with the Hertfordshire sitting fourth in the table right now.
Watford Due Another Away Win?
Watford are currently unbeaten away from home after winning at Burnley before a 1-1 draw at Fulham last weekend and Gracia admitted after the most recent game that it should have been killed off before Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the late equaliser. Another draw can be backed at 4/1 with William Hill.
The central midfield duo of Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure are a match for anyone in this division and will look to form a strong protective barrier for the defence, although the slight concern is that there hasn’t been a clean sheet since the opening day win over Brighton.
On the flip side, Watford have faced some difficult opponents and they have already claimed the scalp of Tottenham this term, while they were unlucky not to get at least a point against Manchester United in their following game.
Arsenal will be sweating on the fitness of Sokratis after the Greek defender limped off against the Toffees and they are by no means the finished article, with Emery deciding to field Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a left-wing position and push Alexandre Lacazette further forward.
Granit Xhaka often eschews his defensive responsibilities and will have a physical workout at the hands of his opposite numbers and Watford will look to bully their opponents and prosper in set-piece situations.
Expect it to be a Close One
All things considered, we are expecting a close match at the Emirates and don’t have these teams far apart at the end of the season. On that basis, getting with Watford on the Asian Handicap looks like an appealing prospect.
With this bet, you can back the visitors at +1.5 with bet365 and win even if they are turned over by a single goal, while a draw or an away win means you also profit and you will only lose your bet should the game be lost by two goals or more.
Considering Arsenal have made heavy weather of beating West Ham and Everton at home, we are happy enough to go for this wager and even fancy that Watford might pull off a victory that will be described as a shock in some quarters but not this one.