Watford v Arsenal – Vicarage Road at 15:00
Watford are in the midst of a tough month of Premier League fixtures and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea last weekend, despite taking the lead 10 minutes into the second half.
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Etienne Capoue scored his second goal in back to back games to give Watford the lead, despite not scoring a single goal for the Hornets all of last season. Watford managed to hold out until the 80th minute of the game, when substitute and new signing Michy Batshuayi equalised for The Blues. Diego Costa then scored a late winner, as he did against West Ham in their opener, following an inch perfect pass from Cesc Fabregas.
The game against Arsenal won’t be any easier for the Hornets, who are looking to avoid ‘Second Season Syndrome’, after an impressive campaign last time round which saw them finish 13th in the leaugue table.
On Saturday however, they face an Arsenal side that are yet to win either of their opening 2 matches.
Watford did manage to pick up a point at St Mary’s on the opening day of the Premier League season, although mid-week suffered a home defeat in the EFL Cup against Gillingham, which saw the players booed off the pitch at full-time.
Walter Mazzarri fully rotated the squad, but even a second string Watford side these days should not have lost against a League 1 club.
The Hornets have been very busy this transfer window and on Wednesday afternoon they added another to their ranks, signing Newcastle United’s Daryl Janmaat for a fee of around £7.5m.
Last weekend the Gunners failed to effectively breakdown Leicester and had to suffice with a 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium. The match the week prior against Liverpool saw Arsenal suffer an even worse fate, losing 4-3 at the Emirates after opening the scoring through Theo Walcott.
Arsenal’s poor start to their new campaign by their standards comes as quite a surprise in light of their impressive pre-season tour, whereby they won all 3 of their matches, including a 3-2 win over Manchester City.
Perhaps all the criticism surrounding Wenger and his spending policy is starting to affect the players, although now it seems that Arsenal are finally going to get their wallet out and sign Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia) and Lucas Perez (Deportivo), after previously missing out on Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).
As for the result of this clash, I am expecting Watford to put the pressure on Arsenal and as a result I am expecting a close game with few chances and therefore I recommend backing under 2.5 goals, which looks value at 2.00.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.00 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.