Match Betting (1x2)

Watford began the season with a fairly straightforward run of fixtures ahead of them. The Hornets were up against Brighton before further matches against Everton, West Ham and Newcastle ahead of the international break.

The target would have been to bank seven points from that quartet of games, although the campaign began with a 3-0 reverse against the Seagulls before two further defeats. It was only at St James’ Park where the team were able to get a first point on the board.

This poor form was a continuation of the final few months of last season and it means that Javi Gracia has been relieved of his duties, with Quique Sanchez Flores now back at the helm after previously enjoying a one-year stint in charge of the Hornets.

The Spaniard has been handed a tough task in his first match and you can back the home team at 11/4 with William Hill to win this clash, with Watford the big outsiders against an Arsenal side who will make the short journey north hoping to build on their own promising start to the season.

Unai Emery wasn’t able to steer the Gunners into the top four places in the Premier League last season, although that will clearly be the target this time around and the North London outfit enjoyed consecutive wins over Newcastle and Burnley before losing at Liverpool.

They then came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the North London derby and you can get them at even money with bet365 to claim the spoils in this encounter.

As for the possibility of a draw, it’s an outcome which would represent a positive start for Watford under their new (old) manager and you can get odds of 14/5 with BetVictor that this one ends all square.

Arsenal will certainly be fearful of the new manager bounce that comes in this situation, especially with Sanchez Flores having been a popular figure at Vicarage Road the first time around.

First Goalscorer

The head of the First Goalscorer betting market is dominated by a trio of Arsenal forwards and there’s a genuine chance that Emery will start with all three of his dangerous attacking players in a bid to win this game.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was one of the joint-top scorers in the Premier League last season and the Gabon international is a 7/2 chance with William Hill to break the deadlock against a team who have conceded six goals at Vicarage Road already this term.

He could be joined by team-mate Alexandre Lacazette who scored a peach of a goal in the North London derby, with the Frenchman available at a slightly bigger 9/2 with Ladbrokes and he’s sure to probe away at the Watford defence.

The real wildcard player is Nicolas Pepe who has looked dangerous when he’s been on the pitch for the Gunners and perhaps this is the match where he makes his mark, with the Ivory Coast international trading at 21/4 with Unibet to score the first goal.

Watford will be looking to have a compact shape under Quique Sanchez Flores, with the Spaniard wanting to stop the flow of goals that have been conceded so far.

Andre Gray has been the most dangerous operator for the home side so far and he’s a 13/2 chance to score the opening goal of this clash, while it was Will Hughes that scored first at Newcastle a fortnight ago and he’s been chalked up at 20/1 with bet365.

Both Teams to Score

Arsenal like to score goals. They notched one at Newcastle and Liverpool this season, while they’ve scored twice at home to Burnley and Tottenham. It seems implausible that they will find the net in this encounter and it’s also worth noting that they have conceded in three of their four matches.

Therefore, the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score market is available at 8/15 with William Hill, with Arsenal looking to kick a team when they’re bottom of the table, while it is surely implausible that Watford can play for a goalless draw.

However, the Hornets are really struggling to find the net and for those thinking that the game could be difficult for them, then the “No” option on the BTTS market has been chalked up at an attractive 7/4 instead.

Over / Under Goals

If “Yes” on the BTTS market is trading at a short price, then you can be virtually certain that Over 2.5 Goals will also be an odds-on chance and that is certainly the case for Sunday’s clash at Vicarage Road.

Bet365 have 4/7 that we see at least three goals being scored in this encounter, with this having been the case in both of Watford’s home matches so far this season, while it’s happened in the past three Premier League games where Arsenal have been involved.

For those that are expecting Watford to tame the Gunners to the extent where it could be a lower-scoring affair, then you can get 11/8 with bet365 about Under 2.5 Goals and it’s possible that going against the grain could result in a profitable excursion.

However, there’s also the argument for getting with Over 3.5 Goals and Unibet have 6/4 about this happening, with Arsenal clearly having the ability to run riot and concede the odd goal.

Correct Score

This is an interesting market. We’re drawn towards a 3-1 win for Arsenal at 14/1, with bet365 offering that particular price. We can see the Gunners get on the front foot early, although we’ve already seen that keeping a clean sheet could be an issue for the London side.

A 2-2 draw would represent a more positive outcome for the home side and BetVictor have 13/1 about that happening, while a 2-1 win for Watford has been chalked up at 14/1 with bet365 and that would have the home supporters dancing in the aisles at Vicarage Road.


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