Watford vs Arsenal Preview, Betting Odds, Team News & More

Both teams are looking for their first win of the season, will be looking forward to going into the international break with three more points in their account. And a look at paddy power betting odds on shows Arsenal should have no problem winning this match.

We have managed one loss and one draw from our opening two games, and anything less than three points will definitely push the already frustrated fanbase over the fence.

We did a double over the Hornets last season, but they managed to beat us in the FA Cup quarterfinals at Emirates Stadium.

On paper, we will be clear favourites on the day and could see the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud back in our squad. Both players, who were given an extended break following their Euro Cup exploits, appeared as second-half substitutes in the goalless draw against champions Leicester City last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Hornets started their season with a decent 1-1 draw against Southampton but have lost their following two games.

They lost 2-1 to Chelsea at home in Premier League last weekend, following that, they bowed out to Gillingham 2-1 in the second round of the League Cup during midweek.

The Hornets have an experienced manager in Walter Mazzarri, but it appears that the Italian still need some time before he can make a mark on his team. One can say that the former Napoli and Inter Milan manager is still trying to figure out his best XI. However, he does have some players in his squad who can make our lives difficult on Saturday.

He is likely to hand debuts to summer acquisitions Roberto Pereyra and Isaac Success against us.

Team News:

We will be without Gabriel Paulista, Per Mertesacker and Carl Jenkinson in defence. All of the are currently recovering from injuries at the moment. Wenger revealed in his press conference that Gabriel and Jenkinson are about eight weeks away from returning to full fitness while Mertesacker is out for at least five more months.

Striker Danny Welbeck is also currently recovering from a knee injury and won’t be available until the new year. The duo of Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi, who suffered injuries in the season-opening defeat against Liverpool, will only be back following the international break.

Wenger hinted that Mesut Ozil could feature in the starting eleven, but Olivier Giroud is still some way behind in terms of fitness. I expect the French striker to make an appearance from the bench in the game.

Our neighbours are likely to miss Brice Dja Djedje with a foot injury. However, midfielder Ben Watson will be available after serving a one-game suspension.

Predicted Lineup:

Watford starting XI: Gomes; Cathcart, Prodl, Britos; Holebas, Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura, Amrabat; Ighalo, Deeney

Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal; Xhaka, Cazorla; Walcott, Ozil, Chamberlain; Sanchez

Prediction: I am backing us to claim three points on the day and going for a hard-fought 2-1 away win.

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