Chelsea are in a funny mood, United unconvincing, Manchester City skittish and – with respect – Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Ham are only holding half-board passes in the all-inclusive resort of the top four.
Arsenal have as good a chance as any within the last decade to be crowned Premier League champions.
Watford could do without facing their London rivals. Defeat at home to Palace and a draw at Bournemouth signalled a slowing of their early season momentum. Hearts and minds are secure, but the ratio of ten points from the first eight matches will need to be maintained.
Goals are the issue. Blanks in half of their matches is not good. They will need at least one here.
Prediction: I’ve fallen for it. 2-1 Arsenal
- Odion Ighalo has scored Watford’s last five goals (in eight matches).
- Alexis Sanchez has scored more goals in his last two PL games (five) than he had in his previous 21 (four).
- Watford have the lowest shot conversion (8.6 per cent) and shooting accuracy (34.3 per cent) in the PL.
- Theo Walcott has scored 12 goals and supplied three assists in his last 14 PL starts.
- Watford have only conceded three in their last six at home.
- Mesut Ozil scored and assisted in the same PL game for the fourth time during the win over United.
Quique Flores is expecting Valon Behrami to return on Saturday. The defender has spent the last three games sidelined through suspension before he picked up a calf injury while on international duty with Switzerland.
Allan Nyom should be passed fit, despite having a pain-killing injection in his knee to ease a niggling problem, while Ikechi Anya looks to have recovered from the muscular issue which kept him out of Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifying games.
A hamstring injury rules Jose Jurado out.
Predicted XI: Gomes; Prodl, Nyom, Cathcart, Ake; Capoue, Behrami; Abdi, Anya, Deeney; Ighalo.
Laurent Koscielny has a slight chance of making the game having spent two weeks out with a hamstring problem. The defender will have a late fitness test. Gabriel will continue to deputise if the Frenchman fails to recover.
Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta have returned to full training. The pair should be available providing neither suffers any reaction.
Alexis Sanchez played 180 minutes for Chile during the international break, despite not being 100 per cent fit but Wenger isn’t expecting any major problems from the in-form winger.
Predicted XI: Cech; Monreal, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Bellerin; Cazorla, Coquelin; Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott.
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