Watford v Arsenal – Vicarage Road at 17:30 live on Sky Sports 1
Watford host Arsenal in the Premier League’s evening fixture today looking to maintain their decent start to the season and chances of survival. Arsenal have had an up and down start to the season but comfortably defeated Man Utd before the international break 3-0 and will be hoping to push on from that victory.
Watford’s solid start to the season see’s them nestled in mid-table after 2 wins and 4 draws from their opening 8 matches. They have shown a lot of resiliency, conceding just 7 times and have a top striker in Odion Ighalo who has scored the Hornets last 5 Premier League goals.
They have been too reliant on the Nigerian striker however, as they have struggled to find the back of the net with 6 goals in 8 matches. Last seasons star man Troy Deeney has yet to open his account and a goal against Arsenal would really boost his confidence.
I don’t see Watford being able to outscore the Gunners so they’ll have to rely on their defence, but against an Arsenal side who have started find the back of the net, it will be difficult for the Hornets to get anything out of this one.
Arsenal have looked really good at times this term but have already lost to West Ham and a diabolical Chelsea side, as well as starting their UCL campaign with 2 defeats. They face Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League, a game which they can’t afford to lose so may not be at full throttle today. That said with Chelsea out the picture, Man City picking up a couple of shock defeats, this really could be one of the best opportunities for Wenger to mount a serious title challenge.
Arsenal go into the match as 1.61 favourites which despite Watford’s good defensive record, I make a bit of value. I’m not expecting a high scoring match and the even money on Under 2.75 goals on the Asian line is a very good price.
You can back the Gunners -1 on the Asian Handicap betting market but only Man City have been able to defeat the Hornets by two or more goals this season. With that in mind I’m recommending Under 2.75.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.75 at 2.00
Prices correct at time of writing.
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