Arsenal make the short trip to Hertfordshire to take on Watford in this Saturday’s evening kick-off
The Hornets’ solid start to the season continued last time out, with their battling point at Bournemouth proving that they have the fight needed to survive.
And Quique Flores’ side will have to do more battling this weekend as they take on an Arsenal outfit which cruised past Manchester United 3-0 last time out.
Watford are looking for their first win over the Gunners since 1988. But to do this they will need to improve their finishing as they have scored just six goals in eight games and have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Premier League (34.3%).
There also seems to be an over reliance on Odion Ighalo, who has scored their last five league goals, so all eyes will be on Troy Deeney to break his top flight duck.
Although struggling to score, Flores’ men don’t let too many in having the joint best defensive record in the division with just seven goals conceded.
If they can keep a fourth clean sheet in five home matches against the Gunners then they could well record their first ever Premier League victory in the month of October.
Ikechi Anya, Valon Behrami and Allan Nyom are expected to recover from injury but Jose Jurado, Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban are all out.
For the visitors, Arsene Wenger will be hoping his side can continue their impressive league form which has seen them win four of their last five matches.
The thrashing of United last time out was impressive, but after an international break it will be interesting to see if they have the mettle to get three points from what will be a tricky trip.
Theo Walcott is expected to continue in the striking role after grabbing his opportunity with both hands this season.
The 26-year-old has 12 goals and four assists in his last 14 league starts and scored England’s opener in the 2-0 win over Estonia at Wembley.
Alexis Sanchez is another man on form having notched six in his last three Arsenal games and nine in his last five appearances for club and country.
The Chile star is vital to Wenger’s side and if he recovers from a hip problem the visitors will be confident of securing a sixth win in a row against the Hornets.
French centre-back Laurent Koscielny is a big fitness doubt but midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta should return.
England internationals Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere remain out until the new year.
League Position: Watford – 12th (10 pts); Arsenal – 2nd (16 pts)
Last Meeting: Watford 1-2 Arsenal, December 2006
Key Men: Watford – Odion Ighalo; Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez
Form: Watford –DLWWLD; Arsenal –DWWLWW
Shoot Says: Watford 1-3 Arsenal