Watford earned just 1 point after drawing away to Southampton in the season opener and throwing away their game against Chelsea from a 1-0 lead at their home. Nevertheless, they were good against Chelsea for major parts of the game which should be taken as a positive. On the other hand, Arsenal, similarly to Watford, will be looking for their first win of the season just to catch up with the big boys in the title race. They are already 5 points behind their title race competitors and they can’t afford to lose anymore. Watford vs Arsenal – So this will be a game where both sides will be desperate to achieve 3 points making it an interesting tie to watch.
Watford Vs Arsenal match Preview, Team News, Predicted Starting XI, and Match Prediction
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal looks for his first win of this season so do is Watford. Watford gained a lot of momentum against Chelsea even though they lost the tie. So, the game is expected to be an attacking thriller with Watford preferably playing a counter attacking style.
Team News – Watford
Watford have made their moves in the transfer market, signing Daryl Janmaat and Younes Kaboul. That should upgrade their defence with Janmaat being played as a right wingback and exploit his attacking skills (rather than defensive) and Younes Kaboul probably being a part of then 3 man defence. With these players, add the impressive signings, Isaac Success(Granada) and Roberto Pereyra(Juventus).
Huerelho Gomes will unarguably guard the goal, with Cathcart, Prodl and Britos forming the 3-man defence. Janmaat might be slotting directly into the right wingback role with Zuniga on the other side. However, the team will still be missing hardworking pivot midfielder Ben Watson who is on a 3-match suspension. Which means, Capoue, Behrami and Amrabat will complete the midfield. And the evergreen partnership of Deeney and Ighalo will be leading the attack. Knowing that Arsenal are having a vulnerable defence, the duo will be fancying their chances.
Probable Starting XI – Watford
Gomes, Cathcart, Britos, Prodl, Janmaat, Behrami, Capoue, Amrabat, Zuniga, Deeney, Ighalo
Team News – Arsenal
Party time Arsenal fans !! No, you won’t be getting any chance to capitalise on the lost points. However, you will be getting something which will prevent your team from dropping points in the future. Arsenal have closed in on a whopping 52 million pounds double swoop covering both their targetted positions. They will be signing German international centre back Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez from Depotivo La Coruna. While Shkodran Mustafi will fit right into their central defence partnering Laurent Koscielny, Lucas Perez will provide another additional goalscoring option.
For the Watford match, they have to suffice out with Koscielny – Holding partnership for just one match. They did keep a clean sheet against Leicester so they will be hoping the same. Cech, Bellerin and Monreal will complete the back 5. Xhaka and Coquelin will be the midfield pivot. There is a possibility that Mesut Ozil will have his first start of this season. Giroud still seems a little bit short of match fitness. Hence, Sanchez will be leading the attack with Walcott and Chamberlain covering the wings.
Probable Starting XI – Arsenal
Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Coquelin, Chamberlain, Ozil, Walcott, Sanchez
Watford Vs Arsenal Match Details
Match : Watford vs Arsenal
Date and Time : 27/08/2016, Saturday
Venue: Vicarage Road, Hertfordshire
Kick-off: 15:00 (IST), 19:30 (Local Time)
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