Watford return from the international break bottom of the Premier League before they host Arsenal on Sunday.
The Hornets’ poor results saw them terminate the contract of Javi Gracia and bring Quique Flores back to the club. He couldn’t have been handed a much more difficult start as they travel to Manchester City next weekend.
Arsenal started the season with back-to-back victories before losing at Liverpool and then being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur before the international break.
Unai Emery’s side had to fight back from 0-2 to take a point in the North London derby after defensive errors had helped their arch-rivals to a two-goal lead.
The Spanish manager certainly hasn’t improved his side’s defence over the summer with David Luiz replacing Laurent Koscielny at centre-back. The Brazilian defender’s partner in the middle of the back four, Sokratis, has made some bad mistakes to start the new campaign. Right-back Hector Bellerin and left-back Kieran Tierney are still a couple of weeks away from their returns.
Arsenal are looking very good going forward though. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seems to score every week, whilst Alexandre Lacazette has formed a good partnership with the Gabon striker. Nicolas Pepe has been added to the mix to make a terrific front three on paper. The club record signing has yet to be involved in a goal but it’s only a matter of time as the pacey right forward has shown great promise in his early days.
I can see both teams scoring in this match but given that Watford have only take one point from their first four matches and the new manager wouldn’t have been able to work with many of his players given the international break, I fancy an away win.
Best bet: Arsenal to win is 2.04 with Betfair