Watford v Arsenal – October 14, 2017 – Vicarage Road – 17:30 hrs – EPL preview
Contrary to most team's comfort of playing at home, Watford's performances at the Vicarage Road have confounded watchers of the game. The Hornets have not been able to win a single of their four fixtures there in the ongoing 2017-18 season. Marco Silva's men touched the nadir at Vicarage when they were humiliated 0-6 by a marauding Manchester City in September-mid. Yet, they find themselves in the Top half of the Premier League in the 8th spot. This is thanks to some inspiring away wins. 0-2 against AFC Bournemouth and Southampton and 1-2 against Swansea City.
Watford v Arsenal Best Odds
Watford will now host a Arsenal side that's slowly on the mend. After a humiliating 0-4 loss to Liverpool in late August, the Gunners have gone through four matches without being beaten, winning three of them, in fact.
But Arsene Wenger's boys are yet to prove their mettle in away games in the current season. All their wins having come at the Emirates stadium. Shocking is the fact that with an attack peppered with names like Olivier Giroud, Alexandre Lacazette, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, the Gunners are yet to find the back of the opponents' net from their three away games.
The talismanic Chilean Sanchez (last season's top scorer) is still in search of his first Premier League goal, although a goal by him and the club's new young Bosnian find, Sead Kolasinac, in Arsenal's impressive 2-1 Europa League win over FC Koln should give Gunners fans some hope going into the Watford clash.
For the visitor's suspect defense, Watford's Brazilian-import Richarlison and 24-year old French attacking mid-fielder, Abdoulaye Doucoure, (both top-scorers with 3 goals apiece) will pose certain threats. The Gunners have let in 5 goals from their 3 away games and there will always be the danger of them conceding at the Vicarage Park.
Watford's re-entry into the Premier League in 2015-16 after a decade-long gap has seen them win just one Premier league clash with Arsenal. However that came early this year in January at the Emirates. It was a phase in which the Gunners were down in the dumps. Although the three games prior to the early 2017 win had resulted in defeats for the Hornets, they will feel upbeat about the one this weekend at Vicarage Road, given the visitor's dismal away record in the 2017-18 season.
Watford v Arsenal Prediction
Correct Score Tip: Watford 2-1 Arsenal 15/1 at BetVictor
Correct Score Tip: Watford 2-2 Arsenal 14/1 at William Hill
Despite a mixed and shaky progress in the current season, Arsenal surprisingly are in the 5th place with 13 points. They are tied with an in-form team like Chelsea. The Blues are in the 4th by virtue of a better goal-average.
Bookmakers have chosen to overlook Arsenal's inconsistent form and take in to account their superior firepower in wagering for a win for Arsene Wenger's visiting men on Saturday.