English Premier League
Kick Off: Tuesday, 16 April at 12.30 AM IST
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Free English Premier League Picks Watford vs. Arsenal
Arsenal face a tough task at Watford on Monday in the Premier League as they look to move above Chelsea in the points table. The Gunners lost in their most recent such encounter last season (2-1). Watford have slipped to 10th in the table having lost to Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in their last five matches. Although, Javi Garcia’s team did thrash (4-1) Fulham at the Vicarage road in their previous encounter. Watford are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games, winning the last three in a row (D2). Majority of Arsenal’s points have playing at home and they are yet to keep a clean sheet travelling away (15 games).
Watford’s stunning comeback in the FA Cup at Wembley against Wolves showed what they are capable of. Watford play City in the final at the Wembley and it will be only their second ever final appearance and their first since 1984. Next season will mark Watford’s fifth consecutive campaign in the Premier League, only the second time they have enjoyed such a run in the top-flight since their glory days in the 1980s. Gerard Deulofeu inclusion to the squad has made a huge difference, the Spaniard has thrived under the management of Javi Garcia and come monday Arsenal might struggle to keep a clean sheet again. Midfielder Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure, have been good holding back and providing important passes. Just like their opponents Watford average 1.73 points won per game at home this season.
Watford’s Troy Deeney has scored nine Premier League goals this season, only netting more in the 2015-16 (13) and 2016-17 (10) campaigns. He could become just the third player to score 10+ goals in three different top-flight seasons for the Hornets after Luther Blissett (3) and John Barnes (4). The Hornets have injury concerns going into the match – Jose Holebas is out due to a hamstring injury is suffered in the FA Cup semi-final, Domingos Quina is sidelined through a shoulder injury and Tom Cleverley has a calf injury.
Arsenal have not lost back-to-back away league games at Watford since a run of three straight defeats ending in November 1987. Arsenal are fresh from their 2-0 win over Napoli in the Europa League quarter finals first leg and the Gunners will be without Sokratis – the Greek international will start a two-match ban after collecting 10 yellow cards. Mustafi is expected to be recalled into the starting line up.
Key midfielder Granit Xhaka hasn’t recovered from injury and will be assessed before the game. Ramsey and Torreira were both good against Napoli, but Emery might look to rest Ramsey for the second leg and play Matteo Guendouzi in place of the Welshman. Aubameyang, Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are all expected to keep their places. Just one of Arsenal’s five Premier League away wins this season has come against a side starting the day higher than 16th place in the table, with the Gunners beating 8th placed Bournemouth 2-1 in November.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s highest Premier League goalscorer this season with 17 goals. However, he’s not netted in any of his last five away from home since a goal at Brighton on Boxing Day.
Arsenal have won seven of their last eight Premier League games on a Monday, losing only against Crystal Palace in April 2017 in that run.
Watford are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games, winning the last three in a row (D2). They last won four in a row at Vicarage Road within the same top-flight season back in December 1986.
None of the 11 previous Premier League meetings between Watford and Arsenal have ended in a draw (nine wins for Arsenal, two for Watford); only four fixtures in the competiton have been played more often without ever sharing the spoils (Manchester United v Wigan (16), Aston Villa v Derby (14), Derby v Leicester (12) and Manchester United v Watford (12)).
Watford 2 – 0 Arsenal