Goal-scoring machine Sanchez to harass Watford’s defence

Last updated: October 13, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLWWL
Away form: WLWWL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal played an outstanding match against Manchester United in the last round when The Gunners won 3-0 at The Emirates Stadium. They secured their classical victory in the first twenty minutes of the game, scoring in De Gea’s net on 3 occasions. Alexis Sanchez is the man to lead Arsenal; The Chilean proved he’s in top form, scoring 5 goals in the team’s last two games. If he keeps playing that way he can even be a contender for The Premiership goal-scoring prize at the end of the season.

Watford’s manager, Quique Sanchez Flores can’t be proud of his team’s performance in attack. The Hornets are one of three teams in The Premier League to score only 6 goals from 8 matches. Five of the 6 goals were scored by the Nigerian striker Ighalo. These stats come from the team’s playing style, the lack of lots of conceded goals proves this. Watford have conceded only 7 in their net from the beginning of the season. The Hornets have kept their sheet clean on 3 occasions which is really impressive for a newly promoted team.

Team News

No new injured players for Watford. Joel Ekstrand will be fit again in about three months. Lloyd Doyley is the other injured player for The Hornets.

Valon Behrami’s suspension is now over and the Swiss player can take part in the clash against Arsenal.

Frenchman Laurent Koscielny is suffering from a hamstring problem and can’t be included by Arsene Wenger in the starting eleven.

Five more injured players for Arsenal. Midfielders Rosicky, Arteta, Flamini, Wilshere and the striker Danny Welbeck are going to miss the match.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “To compare someone with Heurelho today is difficult but as a trainer I have had very good goalkeepers — De Gea, Canizares, Gomes. We are talking about a high, high level, a very high level.”

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “Cazorla’s technical quality, his right foot, left foot, his availability, his vision and the quality of his passing made me go for it.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-4-1-1): Gomes, Holebas, Prodl, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Diamanti, Abdi, Behrami, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Anya, Layun, Watson, Dyer, Vydra, Arlauskis, Jurado.
Injured: Doyley, Ekstrand
Not available:
Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Coquelin, Oezil, Sanchez, Ramsey, Cazorla, Walcott.
Subs Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Campbell, Giroud
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Flamini, Arteta, Koscielny
Not available:

Key Battle

capoue Capoue this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 706 0 1,4 1 1 2 0
cazorla Cazorla this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 709 0 2,3 2 1 1 1

So far this season

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Watford this season Arsenal this season
12 League Position 2
1 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (3)
2-1 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 5-2 vs. Leicester
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 1 (1)
0-2 to Manchester City Biggest Defeat 0-2 to Chelsea and West Ham
Ighalo (5) Top scorer Sanchez (5)
Deeney (3) Assist Leader Oezil (4)
Y13, R1 Discipline Y9, R2
4 Failures to score 3
3 Clean Sheets 4
3 Both Teams to Score Games 2
2 Over 2.5 Games 3
6 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • There has been only one draw from 16 matches between these two teams. Arsenal has won 7 matches; Watford have recorded 8 victories against their opponents.
  • Arsenal won in the last 4 games against Watford. However, the last match between the sides was 9 years due to The Hornets’ absence from The Premier League.
  • The Gunners have lost only one away match this season (0-2 to Chelsea) and has won on 3 occasions (5-2 vs. Leicester; 1-0 vs. Newcastle and 2-1 vs. Crystal Palace).
  • Watford have conceded less than one goal per game on average. The Hornets have conceded 7 goals from 8 games this season.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
26/12/06 The Premier League Watford 1-2 Arsenal Gilberto 19′
14/10/06 The Premier League Arsenal 3-0 Watford Stewart (OG) 33′
23/04/00 The Premier League Watford 2-3 Arsenal
25/09/99 The Premier League Arsenal 1-0 Watford
15/04/88 The Premier League Arsenal 0-1 Watford