As the Premier League resumes from this weekend Arsenal visit Watford to take on the league minnows in a crucial game week 9 encounter on Saturday.
The Gunners will be high on confidense as they come from a moral boosting win against Manchester United in the last game week. They thrashed rivals United 3-0 as they had scored thrice within 20 minutes of the match. Alexis Sanchez found the back of the net twice and Mesut Ozil scored once to trounce the Red Devils at the Emirates. It was complete display dominance.
They are currently standing upright at the second position in the league table just two points behind league leaders Manchester City. A win on Saturday might just place the Gunners at the top of the table or at least it would help them to keep a constant pressure on the Cityzens.
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Watford will look forward to maintain their good form at the top flight under manager Sanchez Flores. Their isnt any injury concern for the side. Odion Ighalo will be the man upfront for the club who have already scored in their last 5 matches.
The return to top form of Alexis Sanchez was a huge boost for Arsenal, but they could be without their star man for the trip to Vicarage Road. Despite nursing a hip injury, the Chilean got injured against while playing for national side and is therefore a doubt upon his return to EPL. Laurent Koscielny will be given a late fitness test but is unlikely to be risked ahead of a huge showdown with Bayern Munich in midweek, although midfield duo Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are also available.
In terms of the home side, they could have a near clean bill of health following the two-week hiatus. Ikechi Anya, Allan-Romeo Nyom and Valon Behrami have each been in the treatment room, but Flores expects all three to be fit by Saturday. Having Anya available will provide a big boost to Watford, with only one other player – opposition midfielder Aaron Ramsey, ironically – producing more sprints so far this term.
Watford possible starting lineup: Gomes; Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Ake; Anya, Capoue, Behrami, Abdi; Deeney, Ighalo
Arsenal possible starting lineup: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott; Giroud
Prediction: We predict an easy win for Arsenal over Watford.
Betting odds– Bookmakers are going for a Arsenal win.
Watford win @6.00
Arsenal win @1.61