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11 Oct 2017 by TSZ

Premier League In Focus – Watford vs Arsenal Preview


When? Saturday 14th October, 17:30 (UK)

Where? Vicarage Road

What channel is it on? BT Sport 1

Are tickets still available?

Watford -

Arsenal – Sold out

Head-to-head – last five meetings: Watford W2, Arsenal W3
Head-to-head – Premier League meetings: Watford W1, Arsenal W7
Head-to-head – all-time meetings: Watford W11, Arsenal W14, D1

Marco Silva has lost just once in the Premier League since taking charge of current club Watford.

Richarlison has scored consecutive goals in the 90th minute for Watford. Those goals have earned Watford four points after scoring the winner against Swansea and then following up with a late equaliser away at West Brom.

Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucouré are Watford’s top goalscorers in the Premier League this season. They have scored three goals each and these two players have contributed to 54.5% of Watford’s top flight goals.

Watford share the unwanted record of being one of two sides that have conceded the most goals in the top half of the table. They along with Liverpool have conceded 12 goals in just seven matches. 50% of their goals conceded came away at Manchester City.

Arsenal were unbeaten in September across all competitions and also kept four clean sheets from four in the Premier League, picking up 10 points from a possible 12. Their only dropped points where away at Chelsea were they held the champions to a 0-0 draw.

The last player to score past Petr Cech in the Premier League was Daniel Sturridge during Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Anfield back in late August.

Arsenal have scored 11 goals from their opening seven fixtures - an average of 1.57 goals per game. They have conceded eight at the other end - an average of 1.14 goals against per game.

Alexis Sanchez has gone 275 minutes without a Premier League goal.

German international Mesut Ozil has gone 367 Premier League minutes without either a goal or an assist to his name.

Alexander Lacazette is Arsenal’s top goalscorer with four league goals to his name. He currently finds the net every 123 minutes, with all of his goals coming at the Emirates.

Spanish defensive duo Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have played every minute of Arsenal’s Premier League campaign so far alongside goalkeeper Petr Cech.

There has only ever been one draw between these two clubs in the 26 previous meetings before this encounter. This came back in December 1984 when they played out a 1-1 draw at Highbury.

Watford are the only team to have beaten Arsenal in the FA Cup since 2014. The Gunners have won three of the last four editions of the competition but lost to Watford in March 2016 in the sixth round at the Emirates.