Betting Preview: Arsenal vs Watford - Resurgent Gunners to claim derby bragging rights

Arsenal have the chance to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games when they welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are on their best run of form since early 2020 when they enjoyed an eight-match unbeaten run in the league.

Watford, on the other hand, are looking to win back-to-back away Premier League games for the first time since September 2017. However, considering their mixed patch of form, getting a win away against Arsenal is far easier said than done.

When, where and how to watch

When: Sunday, November 7, 2PM GMT

Where: Emirates Stadium, London

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best bets in Arsenal vs Watford

Arsenal to win to nil at 7/5

Even number of goals at 17/20

Over 3.5 cards at 10/11

A win over Watford this weekend could see Mikel Arteta's men enter the international break in fifth place - a feat that seemed unthinkable just a couple of months ago.

Mikel Arteta manager of Arsenal during The Mind Series between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur stadium

The Spaniard is proving his early season critics wrong as the Gunners target a third straight Premier League victory.

One of the most impressive aspects behind Arsenal's recent rise is their newly-found strength at the back. In nine games, the Gunners have kept six clean sheets and conceded just four goals.

New signings Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale were at the receiving end of heavy criticism from their own supporters in the early weeks of the season. However, those same players have played an integral part behind Arsenal's defensive improvements and are now being lauded by those same fans.

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri ahead of the game with Liverpool.

Watford, on the other hand, are on a strange run of results under new manager Claudio Ranieri.

After losing 5-0 against Liverpool, the Hornets responded by beating Everton 5-2. A week later, Watford went on to lose 1-0 against Southampton in front of their own supporters.

Ranieri's men are very unpredictable but considering his side failed to score in three of their last four games, our opening selection is to back the home side to win and keep a clean sheet in the process.

Last three meetings

Arsenal 3-2 Watford (Premier League - July 26, 2021)

After storming to a 3-0 lead, it seemed like Arsenal would tear Watford to shreds. Instead, the Hornets almost produced an almighty comeback.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kieran Tierney scored to give the Gunners a three-goal cushion in the opening half-hour.

However, the hosts were made to work hard to retain their lead when Troy Deeney and Danny Welbeck cut the deficit to just one goal.

Fortunately for the home fans, Arsenal held out for the win and all three points.

Watford 2-2 Arsenal (Premier League - September 15, 2019)

Aubameyang was among the goals once more as he helped the Gunners to a two-goal lead when the two teams last met at Vicarage Road.

Watford fought back and pulled off a memorable comeback as goals from Tom Cleverley and Roberto Pereyra helped the hosts to a point.

Watford 0-1 Arsenal (Premier League - April 15, 2019)

Aubameyang's 10th minute goal proved the difference maker when the two clubs clashed in early 2019.

Troy Deeney's red card in the aftermath of the goal scuppered any hopes of a Watford comeback.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Arsenal wins: 6

Draws: 1

Watford wins: 3

Arsenal goals: 21

Watford goals: 11

The numbers don't lie

Our second selection is to back an even number of goals to be scored in this game.

This is not a very popular market but one which has served Arsenal well in recent weeks. In fact, five of their last six games have seen this exact bet land.

Arsenal's Calum Chambers (second left) celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game with team-mates and manager Mikel Arteta (left) during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match at the Emirates Stadium

The Gunners have won their last two games by a 2-0 scoreline and many signs are pointing to a similar outcome.

With that in mind, the correct score market will certainly attract a lot of bettors. However, with the even goal market currently well priced at 17/20, we're more than happy to take it on instead.

Derby delight in the cards market

As with any derby, tensions can often boil over. With that in mind, the cards market certainly deserves a mention.

The last three games between Arsenal and Watford have seen a total of 14 yellow cards and one red.

The current odds in the over 3.5 cards market offer great value in a fixture which has a propensity to get heated.

Arsenal vs Watford goalscorer bets

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If you read the previous meetings section, you will know that there is only one man to back in the anytime goalscorers market.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doesn't offer great value but considering his sublime scoring run in this fixture, he will be a popular choice in the betting.

The Gabon international has bagged six goals in five games against the Hornets. What's more, he has stamped his name on the scoresheet in three of his last five outings for the Gunners.

From Watford's perspective, it's Joshua King who catches the eye in the anytime goalscorer market.

The player scored a hat-trick in Watford's last away game against Everton. At 4/1 he offers great value in the betting.

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