Watford and Arsenal measure forces at Vicarage Road Stadium, in a match for the 5th round of the Premier League. The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 4 matches won 3 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams met in this stadium was on 15‑04-2019, in a Premier League match that ended Arsenal’s victory by (0-1). P. Aubameyang (10 ‘) scored the only goal of the match. Arsenal presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor, so in this match the home factor may be decisive.
After 1 draw and 3 losses, the home team is currently in 20th place, with 1 point won. In their last game, they tied with Newcastle United out by (1‑1), after in the previous match they lost by (1‑3) at home, in a game against West Ham United. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches it records 5 wins, 2 draws and 8 losses as a visitor, with 16 goals scored and 28 suffered; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in his stadium, with 21 goals scored and 21 suffered. In its last 10 home games, Watford has 4 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses.
For this competition, he did not win any of the last 4 games. The team has not been very strong defensively, since they have always suffered goals in the last 4 games they played in this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 31 of their 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 suffered 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (61′-75 ‘).
Watford is coming for this game after a 1-1 draw against Newcastle, adding the first point in the Premier League: Hughes scored the team’s only goal. Due to the bad start in the championship, the club fired Javi Gracia and set Quique Sánchez Flores as the new coach. In this first test for the new coach, we can see Watford in a 4-3-3, with Gray, Hughes and Roberto Pereyra being the most advanced men: the first player is one of the best gunners of the local club, with 1 goal annotated Out of this game will be Troy Deeney, due to physical problems.
The visiting team is currently in 5th position, with 7 points won, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. In the penultimate match, he lost out against Liverpool by (3‑1). In the last game, he tied at home against Tottenham Hotspur by (2-2). This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses as a visitor, with 21 goals scored and 24 suffered; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in his stadium, with 35 goals scored and 12 suffered. In its last 10 away games, Arsenal records 5 wins and 5 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 3 of the last 4 games, so he has not presented great defensive strength, but his attack has scored regularly, since he always scored at least one goal in the last 4 games for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times, but got the comeback in 3.
The Arsenal team comes to this match with a two-ball tie against Tottenham, adding the second consecutive game without a victory in this English championship: the team’s goals were scored by Aubameyang and Lacazette. Despite playing away from home, coach Unai Emery should keep the team 4-3-3, in favor of a more dominant style of play and looking for spaces on the flanks to attack. Gabonese Aubameyang is the top scorer of Arsenal, with 3 goals scored in the competition. The visiting coach has the confirmed absences of Bellerin, TIerney, Torreira and Willock, all due to physical problems.