Watford 1-2 Gillingham [Odion Ighalo (1st goalscorer) – Mark Byrne, Bradley Dack]
Leicester 0-0 Arsenal
Kick Off: 15:00, 27/08/16
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Head-to-head: Arsenal 3-0 Watford, Watford 1-2 Arsenal, Watford 0-3 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-2 Watford, Arsenal 4-0 Watford
Watford: Out – Brice Dja Djedje
Doubtful – Isaac Success
Arsenal: Out – Per Mertesacker, Gabriel, Carl Jenkinson, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Iwobi, Danny Welbeck
Doubtful – None
– Watford to score first @ 7/4
– Etienne Capoue to score first @ 25/1
– Alexis Sanchez to score in the 90 minutes @ 11/10
– Watford have had the fewest shots on target (3) across the opening two rounds of Premier League fixtures this season.
– Arsenal have a 100% win record against six clubs in the Premier League, Watford are one of these clubs.
– Only three Premier League clubs have lost from winning positions this season, Watford and Arsenal are two of them.
A Look at Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford are developing a rather bad habit so far this season. They have played three games across all competitions, scored first in each of this trio, but are still waiting to celebrate a first win under new manager Walter Mazzarri.
This pattern isn’t ideal for those considering backing Watford’s odds to beat Arsenal, which currently stand at 7/2. Far more enticing is the 7/4 that the Hornets are the team that scores first at Vicarage Road.
Roberto Pereyra, the recent £11m signing from Juventus, has now been granted his work permit and is expected to take up the most advanced midfield role in Mazzarri’s favoured 3-5-2 formation.
However, fellow midfielder Etienne Capoue has netted in both of Watford’s top-flight games so far and is the more attractive first goalscorer betting option at 25/1.
A Look at Arsenal’s Betting Odds
The Arsenal v Watford betting prices the Gunners as the understandable favourites at odds of 13/18, considering they have won all six prior Premier League meetings between the pair. The aggregate score in divisional combat last term was 7-0 in favour of Arsene Wenger’s men.
Vital attacking duo Mesut Ozil and Oliver Giroud have barely featured thus far after being given extended breaks this summer because of their exploits at Euro 2016 with Germany and France respectively. Both are expected to start here.
This is promising news for Alexis Sanchez, who broke the deadlock in both league matches between Arsenal and Watford in 2015/16.
Ozil’s through passes and Giroud’s hold-up play suggest he will be a threat again and the Chilean forward looks decent value at 11/10 in the ‘to find the net at anytime’ betting.