Watford v Arsenal Betting Tips
When Marco Silva was appointed Hull manager last season the news was met with incredulity by some football pundits.
People inside the game could not believe that a man with no prior experience of English football would be given the job of keeping a team in the Premier League.Those critics were quickly silenced as Silva dramatically improved Hull even if it was too late to save the Tigers from the drop.
Quick reminder of Phil Thompson's opinion on Marco Silva ? pic.twitter.com/vEsuzCOiPv— Lloydie (@Lloydie84) August 12, 2017
With his reputation enhanced, Silva opted against staying at Hull and instead took over at Watford where he has once again hit the ground running. Save for a big 6-0 defeat against Man City, the Hornets are unbeaten this season.
The one area of Watford’s game that has to improve is their home form. They’ve not won any of their four games at Vicarage Road in all competitions and it won’t be easy to change that record on Saturday when they welcome Arsenal in the day’s late game.
Bookies Look to Have Called This One Correctly
Silva is just one of a countless number of managers that Arsene Wenger has seen come and go since he first took over at Arsenal in 1996. The Frenchman knows all there is to know about the Premier League but some Arsenal fans believe that his experience has turned into something approaching arrogance.
There’s a feeling that Wenger sticks far too rigidly to his way of doing things even when results don’t improve. There is certainly some justification for that criticism but even Wenger’s fiercest opponents have to admit that he’s been far more adaptable of late.
Not only has he got Arsenal playing with three at the back but he clearly learned the lessons of the Gunners’4-0 humiliation at Anfield in August. Arsenal haven’t conceded a single league goal since that loss and that new sense of solidity is a factor as to why they are the odds-on favourites across the board to beat Watford on Saturday.
Watford are a considerably better team at the start of this season than they were at the end of last but we think the bookies have called this one correctly and recommend betting on Arsenal to win at a best price of 16/25 with Marathonbet.
Will Watford Draw Another Blank at Home?
When Watford put three past Liverpool in their first game of the season, they looked to have the makings of a wonderful attacking unit.
We’ve since learned that scoring against Liverpool isn’t the most difficult task in football and Watford have failed to score in their two home league games that have followed.
Arsenal’s defence is in a good place at the moment and their new found balance in midfield should help limit Watford’s chances on Saturday. So, have a bet on Arsenal keeping a clean sheet at 13/8 with Bet365.
A bet on under 2.5 goals could also pay dividends at 13/10 with Boylesports as that’s been the outcome in two of Arsenal’s three away league games and in each of their last three matches.
Wenger Can Capitalise on Sanchez Playing for His Future
Arsene Wenger made a calculated risk with Alexis Sanchez in the summer. The Chilean forward’s contract is up at the end of the season but rather than cash in on him now, Wenger believes it’s worth getting another year out of him even if he leaves for free in May.
Sanchez is reportedly very unhappy at the situation but he’s not let that frustration bleed into his performances. He’s been reintegrated into the team and having already scored a wonderful goal in the Europa League, Sanchez can open his Premier League account on Sunday where he’s 39/10 to score first with 888Sport.