2019-20 Premier League: Week Five – Watford vs Arsenal

Watford continue their search for that first win of the season under fresh management of Quique Sanchez Flores as they welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road in this weekend’s second Super Sunday match.

A win for Watford could lift them out of the relegation zone whilst depending on what happens to Everton away at Bournemouth, Arsenal could climb up to third with victory here.  

 

Team news

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Watford will be without Craig Cathcart due to a thigh injury for the next fortnight. 

Troy Deeney is their other absentee as he continues to recover from knee surgery with no estimated return date to training. 

Arsenal are set to be without Alexandre Lacazette as the Frenchman struggles with an ankle niggle. 

Joe Willock is set to be available after making a recovery from a calf injury. 

Kieran Tierney and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both back in training after respective groin injuries but remain ruled out for at least another fortnight along with Hector Bellerin (knee).

 

Form

Watford have lost three of their opening four league games but drew last time out at Newcastle, with their only clean sheet so far this season coming in the Carabao Cup in a 3-0 home win over Coventry. 

Arsenal have taken seven points from their opening four matches but haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening weekend, and have scored just once in their last two away trips. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Watford have lost their last three matches against Arsenal without scoring.
  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored two goals in three appearances against Watford. 
  • Bernd Leno has made five high claims, a joint league high alongside Ederson. 
  • No Arsenal player is yet to make a last man tackle this season. 
  • Watford are yet to have a player make an error which leads to a goal this season.

 

Prediction

Watford will get a new manager bounce which is surely a good thing given their quality which I think can trouble Arsenal, particularly given that the Gunners don’t have Lacazette available. 

Speaking of Arsenal, they haven’t been impressive so far on their travels which suggests a vulnerability which an attacking display from the Hornets should easily exploit if Roberto Pereyra and Gerard Deulofeu are at their best. 

I however can’t see a home win here because Arsenal will definitely squeeze a point out of this somehow. 

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Arsenal

Result: Watford 2-2 Arsenal

 

 

 

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