Premier League: Arsenal vs Watford Preview & Betting Tips

By on September 29, 2018

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Arsenal are looking to win their fifth consecutive Premier League game in a row when they welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium this afternoon.

After a difficult start to life in England having replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, Unai Emery has recovered to win Arsenal’s last six matches in all competitions with a 2-0 victory over Everton last weekend making it four league wins on the bounce.

That run has seen the north Londoners climb up to sixth in the table and they should be in confident mood after beating Brentford 3-1 in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

Victory today could see Arsenal climb in to the top four as they would leapfrog fourth-placed Watford but the Hornets will no doubt prove to be tough opposition after enjoying an excellent start to the season that’s seen them take 13 points from their opening six matches.

Team news

Arsenal are able to call upon Sokratis as the defender has recovered from a dead leg but Laurent Koscielny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Dinos Mavropanos are all out through injury.

Emery is expected to recall Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette after they were rested in midweek.

Watford were boosted by the news that Christian Kabasele’s red card against Tottenham in midweek has been overturned so the defender should start at the back today but Daryl Janmaat has been ruled out with a knee injury.

Betting Odds

Arsenal are the 1/2 favourites with the bookmakers to win this game today and it’s easy to know why as the Gunners have won eight out of the last 10 league meetings with Watford. Also, the Hornets have lost 15 of their last 16 away games against the ‘big 6’ but if you fancy an upset then you can back the visitors at odds of 11/2 while the draw is available at 4/1.

Betting Tips

We think this will be a relatively close game but Arsenal should have enough quality to secure a victory on home soil and we predict a 2-1 win which can be backed at odds of 13/2. However, if you do bet on the game it’s worth using a bet365 bonus code to secure enhanced odds or a welcome bonus to make your money go further.

Over 2.5 goals at odds of 1/2 looks a solid bet while both teams to score at 8/13 is also one of our predictions as although Arsenal have plenty of firepower going forward, their defence continues to be a cause for concern.

For those wanting a little more value, then we think Alexandre Lacazette to score first in a 2-1 Arsenal win at odds of 16/1 looks very tempting.

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