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Can Watford continue their fine start to the season when they host Arsenal? Opta provides their statistical verdict.

"Watford have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season after seven games (12 points). Indeed, the Hornets have only won more points at this stage of a top-flight season once before, back in 1982-83 under Graham Taylor (15 points)."

They are [4.2] in the Draw No Bet market.

In their last meeting, back in January at the Emirates, Watford earned their first league win against Arsenal since April 1988 and ended a run of seven straight league defeats against them. Watford are [5.5] to win again.

Arsene Wenger has won eight of his 10 matches versus Watford in all competitions as Arsenal manager (L2). Arsenal are [1.69] to win.

Watford have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 10 matches against Arsenal in all competitions - they last kept a shutout vs the Gunners in April 1988 (1-0) when Tony Coton was in between the sticks for the Hornets. Over 2.5 goals is [1.63].

Arsenal haven't failed to score in their opening four away league games of a season since 1936-37 - the last time the Gunners failed to score in four consecutive away league games in the same season was in December 1992 under George Graham. Under 2.5 goals is [2.52].

Watford have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season after seven games (12 points). Indeed, the Hornets have only won more points at this stage of a top-flight season once before, back in 1982-83 under Graham Taylor (15 points). They are [4.2] in the Draw No Bet market.

Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Arsenal have scored more headed goals in the Premier League than any other side (34), with Olivier Giroud netting 14 of them (41%). Giroud is [2.05] to score.

Watford are winless in their opening three home league games this season (D2 L1) - they've only failed to win their first four home games in six previous seasons, most recently in 2011-12 in the Championship. The draw is [4.4].

Petr Cech has kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since February 2015. The Czech glovesman last enjoyed a longer run of top-flight shut-outs between April and August 2010 (six in total). Arsenal are [3.26] to win to nil.

Troy Deeney is without a goal in his last 13 league games, his longest goal-drought ever in the Premier League and his worst in league football since October 2011 (32 in total). Deeney is [3.75] to break his duck.

Alexis Sanchez has scored three and assisted three in his four Premier League games against Watford. Sanchez is [2.17] to score.

Dan Fitch 2017/18 Season P/L

Staked: 45 pts
Returned: 41.09 pts
P/L: -3.91 pts

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