16:30 Kick Off on 15th Sept
The latest encounter between Watford and Arsenal (Sunday 15 September, 4.30pm) sees Watford chasing their first win of the season under new manager Quique Sanchez Flores. The Spaniard, who managed Watford between June 2015 and 2016, was reappointed after the sacking of Javi Gracia.
Claiming three points against the Gunners would be a great start for Flores, but he could have had easier opening matches. Check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for Watford vs Arsenal.
It’s fair to say Watford’s start to the season has been a disaster. They opened with a 3-0 home defeat against a Brighton side that has struggled since. An away defeat to Everton followed, whilst West Ham plundered all three points at Vicarage Road for the second time in just a few months.
A confidence-boosting win against Coventry in the Carabao Cup was followed by a draw at Newcastle, but even goal-shy Newcastle squandered several chances to win that game.
Arsenal took six points from their opening two games of the season with expected wins against Newcastle and Burnley, and there was no disgrace in losing their next game to a Liverpool side that is different class to everyone else in the Premier League except Manchester City. They also showed plenty of resilience to fight back from 2-0 down against Tottenham to clinch a draw, but they did win their home game against Spurs last year.
Arsenal have won 10 of their 12 Premier League matches with Watford, five at home and five away. But Watford did win their home match 2-1 in October 2017, having also beaten Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium nine months earlier by the same score.
Since those two Watford wins, Arsenal have won all three encounters between the two sides. They won 3-0 at home two seasons ago and won 2-0 at the Emirates last season before beating Watford 1-0 in the return fixture.
The main news this week is the appointment of new Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores, whose record in his previous stint as boss of the Hornets was 12 wins 9 draws and 17 defeats in 38 games.
He’ll forever have his place in Watford history for taking them to the FA Cup semi-finals, beating Arsenal 2-1 away from home in the quarterfinals. But his former Watford team were battered 3-0 and 4-0 by Arsenal in the Premier League that season.