Sunday’s Premier League action concludes with Watford hosting Arsenal at Vicarage Road. Javi Gracia was the first top-flight manager of the season to lose his job.
The Hornets quickly turned to a familiar face in an attempt to improve results – Quique Sanchez Flores. The Spaniard left the club in 2016 but is back for a second spell in charge.
Watford vs Arsenal – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Vicarage Road
Kick Off Time: 16:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Anthony Taylor
TV Channel / Live Stream: This match will be live for Sky Sports subscribers. Super Sunday coverage begins at 1pm as Bournemouth take on Everton. Coverage of Watford vs Arsenal follows the conclusion of that game. It will also be available on Sky Sports Ultra HD and SkyGo.
Watford vs Arsenal – The Form Guide
Gracia’s departure game off the back of Watford taking just one point from their first four Premier League games. Beaten by Brighton, Everton and West Ham in that run, the Hornets have tougher tests to come. As well as Sunday’s clash against the Gunners, Watford take on Manchester City and Tottenham in their next five league matches.
Arsenal sit fifth in the table coming into the weekend. A pulsating 2-2 draw with North London rivals Tottenham got them back on track after a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool. Unai Emery will be aiming to rediscover the winning feeling as his side make the short trip to Vicarage Road on Sunday.
What is the Team News?
Emery’s side have several defensive absentees. Kieran Tierney, Konstantinos Mavropanos and Hector Bellerin will all miss out.
Alexandre Lacazette has been ruled out until October due to an ongoing ankle injury which has limited his participation this season.
Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira all picked up knocks in the international break but the trio could still play some part in this match.
Etienne Capoue should recover from his illness but Troy Deeney won’t feature after knee surgery earlier last month.
Watford Predicted line-up: Foster; Holebas, Cathcart, Dawson, Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Cleverley; Deulofeu, Gray.
Arsenal Predicted line-up: Leno; Kolasinac, Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Guendouzi, Xhaka, Torreira; Nelson, Aubameyang, Pepe
Watford vs Arsenal Latest Odds
SportNation are Even money (2.0) about Arsenal winning this game. That would normally appeal but the visitors are short defensively and it’s tough to know what to expect of Watford under their new manager. The Hornets are 11/4 (3.75) to give Flores the perfect start to his second spell in charge of the club. A draw between the pair is available at 27/10 (3.70).
Watford vs Arsenal Score Prediction
A narrow Arsenal win could be the way to go for correct score punters. SportNation offer 8/1 (9.0) on a 2-1 away win and that appeals the most for a small stakes wager.
Watford vs Arsenal Betting Tip
The standout bet in this game comes from the goalscorer markets. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored eight times in his last 10 Premier League games and is 13/10 (2.30) to do so again on Sunday. The striker wasn’t on international duty so there’s no risk of potential fatigue or rotation.
Watford have conceded 20 goals in their last 10 games and Aubameyang looks poised to take advantage of a fragile backline.