Watford will be hoping to be build on their point gained last time out at Old Trafford although they did ride their luck a little. They sit second bottom of the table on 19 points and have a tricky run with their next four against teams in the top ten. Games under Roy Hodgson have been tight with five of six going under 2.5 goals the one that did not was a 4-1 loss to Crystal Palace that saw them ship twice in the last five minutes. They could do with Josh King and Ismaila Sarr finding form with both players been goalless since November.
At home, the Hornets are on an awful run with defeats in each of their last seven and in nine of their last ten. You have to go all the way back to the 29th February 2020 (against Liverpool) for the last they kept a home clean sheet. The Hertfordshire outfit have seen seven of their last eight goals in front of their own fans come from different players. In just one of their last seven at home have they scored the opener.
Arsenal have taken ten points from their last four games and are strongly positioned in the race for the Champions League. They are sixth but two points behind Man United in fourth and have three fixtures in hand. The North-London outfit tend to be involved in low-scoring games with each of their last eight going under 3.5 goals. Goals have been shared around the team this campaign with Emile Smith-Rowe leading the way with nine.
Away from home, the Gunners are playing well winning each of their last three and netting a combined total of ten goals. They have a decent run of road games with four of the six remaining against teams in the bottom half. Four of their last five matches on the road have seen both teams net. Bakary Saka tends to do well on his travels with three from his last three away ties.
Watford vs Arsenal: Match Stats
Arsenal to win and under 3.5 goals has happened in each of their last three fixtures as the Gunners are playing well but rarely go out and hammer teams. Watford have seen five of their last six go under 3.5 goals and have lost 11 of their last 15. The obvious solution is to take the away victory and under 3.5 goals.
Emile Smith-Rowe has been missing with Covid but has been training all week and is set to feature here. Even if he starts on the bench he has a remarkably ability to come off and find the back of the net. He has nine goals this season one of which came in the reverse fixture so he looks worth siding with to net at any time.
7 November 2021- Arsenal 1-0 Watford- Premier League
26 July 2020 – Arsenal 3-2 Watford – Premier League
15 September 2019 – Watford 2-2 Arsenal – Premier League
15 April 2019 – Watford 0-1 Arsenal – Premier League
29 September 2018 – Arsenal 2-0 Watford – Premier League
The reverse fixture came in early November and saw the Gunners win a narrow encounter 1-0 that day thanks to an Emile Smith-Rowe goal. It is five matches unbeaten for Arsenal against their London rivals. Two of their last four meetings have seen a player sent-off.