Watford will look to get back on track when they welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Hornets’ dismal start to the season resulted in the first PL sacking of the season with Javi Gracia leaving the club. He was replaced by Quique Sanchez Flores, who came back for a second stint, after the 2015/16 league season.
Watford are currently at the bottom of the table, with just 1 point from 4 games. They lost to Brighton, Everton and West Ham in the opening 3 games before finally picking up a point against Newcastle.Embed from Getty Images
Their fixture list refuses to give any breathing space as they face Arsenal and Manchester City in the next 2 games. However, the Hornets will be hoping for a positive effect of the new manager and get a result against Arsenal on Sunday.
Coming to their opponents, the Gunners are in a mini-slump after a great start to the season. Unai Emery’s men beat Newcastle and Burnley in the opening 2 games before getting thoroughly beaten by Liverpool in their 3rd league game. This was followed by a 2-2 draw against Tottenham in the North London derby.Embed from Getty Images
Thus, Arsenal currently sit at 5th place in the PL table, 5 points behind leaders Liverpool. However, they are on track to achieve their primary target this season, which is to finish in the top 4 in the league.
Now, the London club will look to pile up on Watford’s misery and pick up another 3 points at Vicarage Road.
Etienne Capoue is expected to recover from his illness for the Hornets while Troy Deeney is the only long-term absentee.
Meanwhile, for Arsenal, defenders Hector Bellerin, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Kieran Tierney are edging closer to full fitness but this game will come too early for the injured trio. Lucas Torreira will miss out with a muscle injury while Joseph Willock and Granit Xhaka are expected to be fit for the game.
Head-To-Head and Watford vs Arsenal Prediction
Looking at head-to-head, there have been no draws in the last 21 meetings between the sides, with the Hornets winning 9 times compared to Arsenal’s 12. In recent times, the Gunners have won 7 of the last 10 meetings with Watford, including 3 of the last 4 matches at Vicarage Road.
Further, last 5 clashes between the duo at the ground have produced 14 goals, with both teams finding the back of the net in 3 of them. Thus, another close game could be on the cards, especially with the home side desperate to pick up their first league win of the season.
Finally, Watford have lost both of their home games this season while Arsenal have scored just twice on their travels so far.
Thus, an engaging tussle can be expected at Vicarage Road with Arsenal’s superior offensive quality winning them all 3 points at the end of 90 minutes.
Watford Predicted XI: Foster; Dawson, Kabasele, Cathcart; Janmaat, Doucoure, Capoue, Femenia; Deulofeu, Pereyra; Gray
Arsenal Predicted XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Papastathopoulos, Luiz, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Pepe, Ceballos, Aubameyang; Lacazette