Watford v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League: Mon, 15/04  Stadium: Vicarage Road

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The bookmakers have reflected how difficult this task could be for Arsenal as they are priced at 6/5 with Bet365. We think this still offers great value as The Gunners look to push on in their quest of a top four finish. We also think over 9 corners at 4/5 is an excellent punt as this market has materialised in the last two games between these two.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Watford welcome Arsenal to Vicarage Road as they continue their push for a top-half finish with Arsenal once again having Champions League qualification in their own hands. Both teams will have to ensure they maintain focus in the league despite going well in their respective cup competitions.

Watford go into this game knowing that a win will push them up to 7th above Leicester and stay ahead of the pack in claiming the ‘best of the rest’ spot. Javi Gracia will be keen to ensure his men remain in good form and not look too far ahead to their FA Cup showdown with Manchester City. Although The Hornets have lost a few games recently, they have been to the top sides including both Manchester clubs and a 5-0 hammering at Liverpool. But they have won their last four games at home since their 0-0 draw with Burnley with notable wins against Leicester City, Crystal Palace and an emphatic 4-1 win over Fulham.

Arsenal lost their last Premier League game 1-0 away at Everton when a Phil Jagielka goal put their Champions League hopes in doubt. However a favourable weekend saw Liverpool beat Chelsea which now enables them to win this game and leapfrog both Manchester United and Chelsea into fourth spot. They will maintain a game in hand over Chelsea so Unai Emery will be desperate to get back to winning ways and they will have taken confidence from their 2-0 win over Napoli in the Europa League.

In team news, Watford will be without Jose Holebas who suffered a hamstring injury as well as Domingos Quina and Tom Cleverley who suffered shoulder and calf injuries respectively. The Hornets played a strong team against Fulham last time out prior to their FA Cup win over Wolves and it is likely that Gracia will continue to ensure his team maintain match fitness even with one eye on the FA Cup final.

Arsenal will be sweating on the fitness of Granit Xhaka with the Swiss midfielder due to be assessed for a groin injury before the game. Danny Welbeck, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin remain out with long-term injuries but not too many new concerns for Unai Emery. Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey didn’t start the game against Everton but after their impressive performances in the Europa League and with Chelsea slipping up, Emery could go with Aubameyang and Lacazette up front and have Ramsey and Ozil play in behind to bolster their scoring chances.

Historically Arsenal have had the better of this fixture and beat Watford 2-0 earlier in the season courtesy of an own goal from Craig Cathcart and a Mesut Ozil strike. They were late goals however as Watford did manage to hold on for 80 minutes and give a good account of themselves. The same fixture last season at Vicarage Road saw Watford come from a goal down to win through a Troy Deeney penalty and Tom Cleverley winner, so they will take confidence from their home form and look to add Arsenal to their list of scalps for this season.

The bookmakers have reflected how difficult this task could be for Arsenal as they are priced at 6/5 with Bet365. We think this still offers great value as The Gunners look to push on in their quest of a top four finish. We also think over 9 corners at 4/5 is an excellent punt as this market has materialised in the last two games between these two.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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