Arsenal vs Watford: Gunners to fire early on
Arsenal vs Watford: Gunners to fire early on

Arsenal vs Watford: Gunners to fire early on

Kick-off: 1400, 07/11/2021

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Arsenal’s revival continued with an impressive victory at Leicester last weekend and the visit of Watford gives them a good opportunity to maintain their climb up the table.

Mikel Arteta’s men lost their first three matches of the season but are now up to sixth after a seven-match unbeaten run featuring five wins.

Their three most recent victories have been by two goals and a home win by more than one goal at 21/20 is our opening Arsenal vs Watford prediction.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

Arsenal reaped the benefits of a fast start as they continued their fine run with a 2-0 victory at Leicester, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in inspired form.

Gabriel Magalhaes and Emile Smith Rowe had the visitors on top within the opening 20 minutes at the King Power Stadium and Arsenal headed back down the M1 with three points after stoutly defending their advantage.

The victory was a seventh in nine across all competitions for the Gunners, who showed glitz and guile in equal measure to outfox Leicester.

Bright starts have been a feature of Arsenal’s recent performances, having taken 23 minutes to open the scoring against Aston Villa and just eight minutes to break the deadlock against Crystal Palace.

Nine of the 12 goals they have scored in the Premier League this season have come in the first half, including seven in the opening 30 minutes.

Watford have the worst first-half defensive record in the division with 10 goals conceded so let’s take a chance on the hosts to be at least two goals to the good by half-time, which is priced at Arsenal vs Watford odds.

Last Arsenal line-up: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Tavares, Partey, Saka, Smith Rowe, Lokonga, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Arsenal have Kieran Tierney back in training. The Scotland left-back has been missing with an ankle injury but is in contention to return this weekend. Midfielder Granit Xhaka (knee) is a long-term absentee.

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

Watford’s survival hopes suffered a blow with defeat at home to Southampton last week leaving them just two places and three points above the relegation zone.

The Hornets were full of optimism after a stunning 5-2 victory at Everton but Che Adams scored the only goal of the game in the 19th minute and Watford need to find some consistency.

Recently-appointed boss Claudio Ranieri said: “We had to improve our defensive way together, I know.

“I’ve been working here three weeks and the Southampton manager is working since 2008 and that will make a difference, but I think we were too passive in the first half.

“The second half was much, much better. They put them under pressure. Maybe we deserved to draw the match because we had the chance with Ismaila Sarr and at the end but that’s it.

“But we must be patient and our fans must be patient and take us with love, support us at this first moment because it is very, very important.

“I don’t want us to be up and down in the table…I would like us to be more consistent.”

Consistency no longer looks an issue for Arsenal youngster Smith Rowe, who has scored four goals in his last seven appearances.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the obvious favourite to open the scoring but Smith Rowe looks a promising option at 13/2 as the last of our Arsenal vs Watford betting tips.

Watford will be without midfielder Ken Sema (MCL) and forward Kwadwo Baah (fractured ankle) after both sustained serious injuries in training this week.

Francisco Sierralta could be in contention after he took part in first-team training this week, while fellow defender Christian Kabasele has continued his recovery from a hamstring strain.

Additional stats

Player statistic

1st half
    10' Yellow card Joshua King
Albert Sambi Lokonga Yellow card 20'    
Takehiro Tomiyasu Yellow card 30'    
    31' Yellow card Juraj Kucka
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Missed penalty 36'    
2nd half
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Yellow card 52'    
    54' Yellow card Moussa Sissoko
Emile Smith Rowe Goal 56'    
Gabriel Magalhães Yellow card 80'    
    89' Yellow-Red card Juraj Kucka

Match statistic

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