Arsenal vs Watford Preview

March 10, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Sunday’s Premier League action kicks off at the Emirates Stadium where Arsenal face Watford.

The hosts ended a run of four straight defeats with an impressive victory at AC Milan on Thursday evening in the first leg of their Europa League last sixteen tie.

Four losses from six in the league sees them go into this match thirteen points shy of a top four spot and anything other than a win here will give their rivals Tottenham Hotspur the opportunity to increase that gap when they head to Bournemouth later in the day.

Arsene Wenger is likely to recall forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was ineligible for that win at the San Siro while Sead Kolasanic and Calum Chambers should be available despite being substituted in that game.

Aubameyang is favourite to open the scoring at 4.5 (7/2) with a number of firms, with Danny Welbeck a 6.25 (21/4) chance with Unibet.

The home win is 1.5 (1/2) with most bookmakers with the visitors as highly priced as the 7.1 (61/10) on offer from Unibet, who have the draw at 4.8 (19/5).

The Hornets have taken ten points from fifteen available since Javi Gracia took charge and Troy Deeney’s late strike against West Bromwich Albion saw his side secure back-to-back wins for only the second time this season.

Their run of form has seen them put themselves well in contention for a seventh place finish, which could be enough to see them secure European qualification, depending on the outcome of other competitions.

The game comes too soon for Tom Cleverley though the midfielder has returned to training following a thigh injury while Craig Cathcart, Younes Kaboul, Nathaniel Chalobah and Isaac Success are also sidelined.

Captain Deeney is 9.0 (8/1) to open the scoring with Abdoulaye Doucoure an 18.0 (17/1) chance with Unibet.

Watford came from behind to win the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road back in October while last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 2-1 victory for Arsenal.

You can back both teams to score this time around at 1.83 (5/6) with Betfair while several companies offer 1.5 (1/2) for there to be three or more goals in the game.

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