Lee Dixon predicts Arsenal v Watford

Arsenal take on newly promoted Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Lee Dixon feels Watford will provide a tough test for Arsenal but backs his former side to come out triumphant with a narrow victory, predicting a 1-0 score-line in his video for Breathe Sport.

The international break was kind to the Gunners as they avoided any notable injuries while as many as five players boosted their confidence by finding the back of the net.

Watford will provide tough opposition for Arsene Wenger’s side, with the Hornets boasting one of the meanest defences in the Premier League and two capable strikers in Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.

However, despite their obvious abilities, Quique Sanchez Flores' men are also fairly blunt in front of goal and, considering Arsenal’s form going in to the match, Dixon is predicting a low-scoring away win.

"I think it will be a tough test for Arsenal but if they play anything like they did against Manchester United, you feel as if they will go out and be easy winners," Dixon explained.

"But Watford at home is a difficult game. I’m going for a narrow win to Arsenal, maybe 1-0. I don’t think there will be a lot of goals in it."

Balance and consistency:

Arsenal head into the encounter having put Manchester United to the sword in their last outing at the Emirates, winning 3-0 with all three goals coming in the opening 19 minutes.

Some can question why the Gunners don’t perform like that every week but it’s tough.

United ploughed men forward, with holding midfielders Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger leaving for too much room in behind for Arsene Wenger’s men to counter with blistering pace.

Not many teams would adopt such an approach, not least Watford who will see themselves as underdogs.

The Gunners have to be able to strike the right balance and learn how to beat teams like West Ham United and Watford consistently - teams who are happy to sit back, soak up pressure and counter.

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