Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Watford offered football bettors a timely reminder of what to expect from from the Hornets.
Quique Sanchez Flores may have been unceremoniously replaced in the Vicarage Road dugout by Walter Mazzarri during the summer, but the margins between victory and defeat in their games remain thrillingly narrow.
Those punters who backed either team to win by exactly one goal in Watford games last season were rewarded in 25 of their 44 outings across all competitions in 2015/16.
Moreover, those who followed the aforementioned ploy were in there swinging until the final whistle in all bar three of the other 19, with 16 of those in which the bet failed to land missing by the margin of a single strike.
One of the few sides against whom such a surefire stratagem came nowhere near reaping any rewards last term is Arsenal, the side they face in their next Premier League game.
Keeping faith with such a ploy against the Gunners is only for the system’s most committed devotees given the Emirates Stadium outfit came out 7-0 aggregate winners across their two fixtures last term.
Arsenal are 67/100 to extend their winning streak at Watford’s expense when the sides do battle in Hertfordshire next weekend, with the draw priced up at 53/20 and the home win deemed a lowly prospect at 4/1.
Another way in which the Hornets’ galling snatch of defeat from the jaws of victory, then parity, against Chelsea reprised a familiar theme of their 2015/16 campaign, was in their inability to avoid losses against to third teams.
Last term, they were bested in 12 of their 14 encounters with sides that occupied the top seven at the time of the fixture, winning just one of the others and conceding 25 times for a mere seven goals in return.
As a result the clash with Watford-Kryptonite Arsenal might be one of the few occasions this term it is safe to back the Golden Boys’ opponents with a -1 handicap.