Having lost just twice in eight matches across two competitions in 2017/18 so far, Marco Silva’s tenure as Hornets boss has started in positive fashion. Just prior to today’s Watford vs Arsenal preview, the Golden Boys rescued a point at the Hawthorns against WBA. A last minute goal from Richarlison stole a point at the death for Silva’s side, who had recovered from two goals down against the Baggies.
Surprisingly, Watford could climb to as high as 3rd with a victory over the Gunners, though they would need several other results to land favourably for them. Securing that victory is no easy feat, however, with the away side in splendid shape coming into our free Watford vs Arsenal betting tips. Arsene Wenger was once again feeling the strain after his team lost of their opening three Premier League matches. Luckily for the Frenchman, they have bounced back to win six fixtures from seven since and they have a favourable run of games from now until November.
Normally suspect at the back, the Gunners have built momentum through keeping five clean sheets in six outings. Only BATE Borisov from Belarus managed to breach the North Londoner’s defensive barricades in recent weeks. Arsenal won 3-1 in the corresponding fixture last season thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Today’s football odds suggest a similar result could be on the cards.
Both protagonists in our Watford vs Arsenal bets have had no trouble finding the net in 2017/18. The Hornets have scored in six of their eight matches since August and are the seventh highest scorers in the Premiership so far. The Gunners have bagged the same number of league goals as their opponents this weekend and they have only failed to score once in their last seven matches. Their only blank came in a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.
On three of the last five times, our featured sides took to the field together, both teams got their names on the scoreboard. The home team’s EPL fixtures this season have averaged over three goals per ninety minutes, while the visitors’ games have averaged just under three. The statistical information suggests we should expect more goalmouth action this weekend. The odds at Unibet represent the most value for your wager on this one, so our advice is to avail of their services.
The home team in today’s Watford vs Arsenal predictions will be without quite a number of their regular defensive line-up on Saturday. Centre-halves Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl and Craig Cathcart are still on the treatment table while screening midfield Nathanial Chalobah is yet to return from his knee injury. Those are all big gaps to fill and Wenger’s attackers will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a backline shorn of quality.
The Gunners are in fine form having won six from seven and that positive run has pushed them out as favourites in our free football predictions. AFC have won on their last three visits to Vicarage Road, winning 3-1 in 2016/17, 3-0 in 2015/16 and 2-1 in 2006/07. Coral’s outright odds for Wenger to add a fourth win to that tally are difficult to turn down and most lucrative prices around for our selection.