Watford VS Arsenal
15 September 2019 – 16:30
Regular Season – Round 5
15 Sep – 16:30
Who will be the winner?
Watford and Arsenal face at Vicarage Road Stadium, in a match for the 5th round of the Premier League. At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history favours the away team, since they have a record of 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. Sure enough, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 15‑04‑2019, in a match for the Premier League, Arsenal won by (0‑1). The only goal of the match was scored by P. Aubameyang (10′ ). In this match the home advantage may play an important role, since Arsenal presents significant differences between home and away performances.
Analysis of Watford
The home team is currently in the 20th position of the league, with 1 point won, after 1 draw and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in a home match against West Ham United, by (1‑3). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Newcastle United, by (1‑1). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In the last 10 home matches Watford has won 4, tied 1 and lost 5.
They haven’t won any of the last 4 matches for this competition. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 31 of the last 44 matches have ended with Over 2,5 goals. there is 1 period that stands out in the last 4 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (61’‑75′).
Watford comes for this match after a 1-1 draw against Newcastle, thus adding the first point in the Premier League: Hughes scored the only goal of the team. Due to the bad start of the championship, the club fired Javi Gracia and hired Quique Sánchez Flores as coach. In this first test for the new “mister”, we can see Watford going for a 4-3-3 with Gray, Hughes and Roberto Pereyra the most advanced men: the first player is one of the best scorers of the home club with 1 goal scored. Out of this game is Troy Deeney due to physical problems.
Analysis of Arsenal
The away team is currently in the 5th position of the league, with 7 points won, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Liverpool, by (3‑1). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Tottenham Hotspur, by (2‑2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 21 goals scored and 24 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 35 goals scored and 12 conceded. In the last 10 away matches Arsenal has won 5 and lost 5. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 3 of the last 4 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 6 times but have turned the score around in 3.
Arsenal’s team starts this match with a two-ball draw against Tottenham, thus adding the second straight match without a win in this English championship: the goals of the team were signed by Aubameyang and Lacazette. Even when playing away from home, mister Unai Emery should keep the team in 4-3-3 in favor of a more dominating style of play and looking for corridor spaces to attack. Gabonese Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top scorer with 3 goals scored in the competition. The visiting “mister” has the confirmed absences of Bellerin, TIerney, Torreira and Willock, all due to physical problems.