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Arsenal to ruin Flores’ Watford return? Get Premier League tips for this weekend

Leigh Copson 11 Sep 2019
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (credit:USA TODAY Network/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of September 14/15. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight? Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Ben’s Bet: Wolves vs Chelsea (Saturday, 15:00 BST) 

Despite the fact both of these sides will have come into the new season with aspirations of battling in the top-half of the table, the reality has been anything but as successful. Home side Wolves have limped to three draws and a loss this year, culminating in three points and a 17th-placed position at this early stage of the season. Chelsea meanwhile have won just one game, drawing twice and losing once in that hammering at the hands of Manchester United in their opening fixture. The five points they have picked up along with their disappointing goal difference means they sit below the likes of Sheffield United, something that would have been unthinkable at the start of the season. Of course, it should be kept in mind that only a handful of games have come and gone, but neither side has really excelled yet, while it has been Chelsea in particular that have surprised and disappointed, with an awful record seeing them drop points at home against Leicester and Sheffield United, while they were subjected to that 4-0 hammering at Old Trafford on the opening weekend with a sole win over Norwich resulting in more than half of their points so far. Wolves meanwhile have drawn with Leicester, Manchester United and Burnley before losing to Everton in a run of disappointing results. It should be kept in mind that along with all of these Premier League games have come Europa League qualifying, meaning the side's work load has been massively increased in comparison to that of others in the league.

Last season, these two sides were involved in some very entertaining battles, with Wolves once again proving that they are not a side the so-called big boys can just run-over. A 2-1 win for Wolves at Molineux was followed by a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as Wolves took four points from a possible six against the Blues last term. Impressively, against the top six last season, Wolves managed to take a significant number of points, picking up 16 of the 36 on offer with Liverpool the only top six side managing to beat Wanderers twice on the bounce in the league. With this in mind and despite the awful form of Wolves this year, we think they will get the better of the Blues this weekend. Frank Lampard's men have not looked good enough at the back and have conceded far too often despite being better going forward than many assumed they would be. In order to give this bet a little more value, we are also looking to back the two sides to get on the scoresheet, something that happened in both their encounters last season. We would be very surprised to see this one end goalless or with one of the two not scoring as neither have been great at the back of late, with just a single clean sheet between the pair in the league this season. 

Leigh’s Bet: Watford v Arsenal (Sunday 16:30 BST)

Arsenal failed to make a return to winning ways prior to the international break, and there was a mixture of satisfaction and disappointment when the full-time whistle blew in the North London Derby with Tottenham Hotspur. Having fallen to a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool a week earlier, the Gunners showed great resolve to come back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against bitter rivals Spurs, but this was a match that supporters clearly felt their team should have won and they were right to feel that way. They gifted the visitors their 2-0 lead and although that dodgy defence threatened to gift the visitors more goals, Arsenal were the better side throughout and should have come away with all of the spoils. This game could prove to be the story of their season – the Gunners should have paid more attention to strengthening their backline in the summer and their failure to do that is likely to result in many dropped points between now and the end of the campaign. But will they drop any when they return from their brief hiatus on Sunday? Next up for Unai Emery’s side is a trip to face a Watford outfit who have made an appalling start to the season and have already made a change of manager. The Hornets did well under Javi Gracia last season, but it proved to be a case of ‘what have you done for me lately’ from the board as they showed a lack of faith in the manager, giving him the boot after the club took just one point from their first four games. Quique Sanchez Flores was quickly brought back to replace him, but can the Spaniard inspire his team to an upset win in the first game of his second reign at Vicarage Road?

Watford have got the better of Arsenal a couple of times in recent years and fans of both clubs will not forget Troy Deeney’s accusation that the Gunners lack ‘cojones’, but when it comes to meetings between the two clubs over the past 20 years it has been Arsenal who have dominated this fixture. The Gunners have won each of the last three encounters in all competitions and they have now been victorious in 11 of the last 14, winning at Vicarage Road on several occasions during this sequence. That dodgy defence continues to look vulnerable though, and although Watford have been woeful in front of goal so far it would be no shock at all to see them get on the scoresheet here. However, while Arsenal are a shambles at the back they certainly boast one of the most dangerous attacking groups in the Premier League. Nicolas Pepe is already looking like an excellent buy and both Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette have made strong starts to the season by combining for five goals through Arsenal’s first four league fixtures. So it goals without saying that they have the firepower that can make up for the weakness at the back more often than not, and that is way I am going to back Arsenal to get the job done here. That is not where my bet ends though – I also fancy Aubameyang to make it at least four goals in five games and I also believe Watford will get on the scoresheet, so I will be combining all three bets using Paddy Power’s Same Game Multi feature.

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