Four former players and a supercomputer predict Watford v Arsenal result

Former players turned pundits love predicting Arsenal results and the game against Watford is no different, though I am a little surprised by some of their predictions this week.

I have dug out four former player predictions and the BT supercomputer, however, there are some ommissions, as an example Paul Merson, maybe he will put his out later today or tomorrow.

Anyway, let’s kick off with Michael Owen, the former Liverpool man sits on the fence and goes with a draw. The BBC’s Mark Lawrenson takes the same view and is predicting a 1-1 draw at Vicarage Road.

Next, we have former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas who predicts a 3-1 win for the Gunners over the Hornets, the exact same score that former Arsenal forward and SkySports pundit Charlie Nicolas predicts.

Finally, the BT Supercomputer which is going with a 2-0 Watford win, though it should be noted that the machine has predicted the whole season results in advance so is hardly current in terms of form and context and I have to ask, since when has software been called a supercomputer?

So, in conclusion, just two go for an Arsenal win, which I do find surprising, that means of the five predictions listed above 60% reckon Arsenal will fail to win. I have to admit that has surprised me, especially when you consider that Watford is rock bottom and have changed their manager.

I get the feeling that too much emphasis is being put on Watford having a new man in charge and Arsenal’s away record over the last couple of season.

Anyway, let’s see how accurate they are this week.


  1. gotanidea says:

    If a software is installed on a supercomputer, we can call the whole system as a supercomputer

    It has been proven right previously and I won’t be surprised if it predicts the outcome correctly one more time

    The forecast could come true if Emery chickens out again

    1. Martin says:

      Absolute nonsense. Anything other than a comfortable Arsenal win would be a major surprise.

    2. Enock says:

      What did predict when we were playing against Newcastle? The computer uses historical data and since we performed poorly on the road last season it will give similar predictions.
      My prediction is 3-1 Arsenal win.

  2. kev says:

    The prediction of the supercomputer doesn’t matter because of its numerous limitations.Due to the fact that football is a game of uncertainty it will definitely get some right and some wrong.
    I just hope Emery selects the right midfield and doesn’t play any attacker out of position.As for the defense the value is the same no matter the changes he makes.There’s not even a single reliable CB in this team.No wonder the club tried to force an injury prone 33 year old to stay who isn’t even that good these days

  3. Frédéric slimane says:

    Supercomputer or not it is unreliable as noted in the article it had already predicted all the results for the whole season which means it didn’t take into account factors like form,injuries,teams selections…how can it predict results not knowing which players will play?

  4. Sue says:

    If the computer is right & we do end up losing 2-0.. i shall expect heads to roll.. ok maybe that’s a tad harsh, but the fanbase will not be happy!!

    Think United v Leicester is going to be juicy, i just hope Deeney isn’t watching it, urgh, he’s sooo boring.. and that voice ?

  5. SAGooner says:

    Just remember, garbage in – garbage out, the computer is only as good as the programmer. I will go, as said before with a 3-1 win.

    1. Gily says:

      Exactly SAG.
      Supercomputer is the same as super human flaws – garbage in garbage out.

    2. Mac says:

      True 3-1 Arsenal

  6. Sylva Olabanji says:

    “Well said the computer is as good as the programmer” when has a computer been able to predicts human activities? A computer is only good at
    predicting events not to say predicting all games. When we win tomorrow, pls don’t tell us about any supercomputer here again ???
    All the computer and octopus prediction during last World Cup failed. Non predicted Croatia at final. ?

  7. Ade Samuel says:

    this is just fallacy…i dont believe all dos Suppercomp.,Octopus or human predictions. thank God you call it prediction…if they like, they should take the game to Heaven or Hell…the 3 points is all for arsenal to grab.

  8. Nikos says:

    For some reason I get the feeling that stupid ex pro Michael owen hates Arsenal more than he hates him self he hasn’t got a clue maybe he wanted to play for us but wasn’t good enough to get on the bench you are such a an idiot Michael owen

  9. Frédéric slimane says:

    Very good on the human factors!

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