Premier League, kick-off at 5:30pm Saturday 14th October 2017 from Vicarage Road
Armchair fans have a London derby to take them through to Saturday evening, with Watford hosting Arsenal at Vicarage Road from 5.30pm, live on BT Sport. The away side should win this, and bookmakers have them as odds-on favourites, but punters know all too well the dangers of backing Arsenal at short odds. A home win would surprise no one. So, should you back it?
Watford did win 2-1 when these rivals last met, quick-fire goals from Kaboul and Deeney piling the pressure on Arsene Wenger at the time. Home fans would surely love to see more of the same. Odds compilers have laid out a feast of markets, and we’ve picked through the bones of it to report back on our best betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Watford
Despite an impressive start to Marco Silva’s reign, that had Watford punching away in the top-four earlier in the season, two wins from their last five has seen them drop off the pace. The locals have lost just one match during that run – two wins, two draws and one defeat – but that lack of consistency means they go into this in eighth. Win here and they could very well return to the Champions League places.
Four points taken from the last six, The Hornets beat Swansea in Wales, never an easy task, before battling to a 2-2 finish with West Brom to end September with a flurry. A decent effort on the back of that morale-crushing defeat to Man City when last in these parts, and fans will be happy to see the players have wasted no time in getting over that. Doucoure and Richarlison were on target away to The Baggies, who scored through Rondon and Evans, but Watford did rely on a 95th minute leveller.
Perhaps they rode their luck a little there, but Silva certainly wasn’t complaining. The boss told followers at the end of the match that his boys fully deserved the point. He seemed happy with how his new recruits have settled in, but do they have what it takes to beat Arsenal? Play football against The Gunners and there’s every chance they’ll be passed off the park, meaning they must roll up their sleeves and graft. A home win is 9/2 at Betfred, while another share can be added to your betting tips and predictions at 3/1 with most firms.
Team News – Arsenal
I must say, I had Arsenal picked as my team to win the league this season. I thought Wenger would come firing out of the blocks, looking to silence his many critics, and I expected, with no Champions League football to act as a distraction, they could use that break in play to rest the squad. It’s not worked out that way so far, Arsenal showing a record of four wins, one draw and two defeats. Not exactly convincing, but they are unbeaten in four.
That recent revival gives three wins and one draw. Victory on Saturday would complete the hat-trick, having already got the better of West Brom and Brighton in their last two. Arsenal started the month with a 2-0 home win over The Seagulls, Monreal and Iwobi both on target. Another win to nil can be tested at 23/10 with Bet Victor, which is the best price currently available. -1 on the handicap follows a similar path, 7/4 with Betfair.
Arsenal left with a comfortable 3-1 win when last at Vicarage Road, that result coming thanks to goals from Cazorla, Sanchez and Ozil. There’s no doubt Watford are a better side than they were then, but so too are Arsenal, going on the clues of the last few weeks. Keep it simple – back a straight away win and get the profits from 4/6 dropped into your account. If you do fancy The Gunners, be sure to take Bet Victor’s top price to ensure you get the most for your stake money.
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A fascinating 90 minutes lies ahead, and I would love to back Watford at the price, but I really don’t think their footballing philosophy will allow them to upset the odds. Arsenal love to pass the ball and play possession football. That’s the only way Silva knows how to approach the game too, meaning this will be settled by the better players. Both to score in an Arsenal win is NAP of our betting tips at 21/10 (Betfair).
Arsenal won 3-1 when last at Vicarage Road, and I’ll have an interest on the same again in front of the live TV cameras. We’ll need a fair share of luck to get that settled as a winner and paid out, but the 12/1 at bet365 means it’ll give us a healthy interest, adding interest to our viewing. Arsenal have scored three goals in each of their last two visits to this stadium.
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