Arsenal vs Watford Preview, Betting Tips and Odds.

Arsenal vs Watford Preview, Betting Tips and Odds.

Arsenal vs Watford predictions for Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Watford’s future hangs in the balance
With their Premier League future balancing on a knife-edge, Watford travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal on the last day of the season on Sunday, in the knowledge that even a win might not be enough to keep them up.

To avoid returning to the Championship for the first time since 2015, the Hornets must improve on the result Aston Villa get at West Ham, however, if both clubs secure three points, Watford must win by a margin big enough to overturn the Villains’ superior goal difference of one.

That goal difference took a severe battering in mid-week when Watford were dismantled 4-0 at home by Manchester City – a result that saw the Hornets slip into the bottom three ahead of the season’s climactic set of fixtures.

That heavy defeat that was only their third reverse in 12 Premier League assignments at Vicarage Road, whoever, away from Hertfordshire, Watford’s results have been truly relegation worthy, and on Sunday the Hornets are staring down the barrel of their sixth straight loss on the road.

The club’s trigger-happy owners chose to sack Nigel Pearson before Watford hosted Manchester City on Tuesday, temporarily handing the reins to Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack for the seasons’ final two fixtures in the hope of sparking a late revival.

However, if the team’s performance against the Citizens was anything to go by, then their decision to oust Pearson so late in the campaign looks a monumental blunder.

Arsenal set for lowest finish in 25 years
Arsenal’s surprise 1-0 mid-week defeat at Aston Villa means the Gunners are set for their lowest Premier League finish in 25 years on Sunday.

Mikel Arteta’s side, currently in 10th, can finish no higher than 8th spot this term, which would represent their worst finish since they ended the 1994/95 campaign in 12th position.

Arsenal have an FA Cup final to look forward to when the campaign ends, though their 2019/20 Premier League season has still been well below the club’s traditional high standards.

With four points collected from their last two matches at the Emirates Stadium from tough fixtures against Leicester City and Liverpool, Arsenal look like closing out their home campaign on a high however, and we expect another victory to follow against Watford.

Arsenal worth backing to win
Mikel Arteta could choose to shuffle his pack on Sunday to avoid injuries to key players ahead of the FA Cup final on August 1, though Arsenal should still have enough quality in reserve to beat a limp looking Watford side.

While the Hornets’ need for victory is much greater than their hosts, their performances in recent back-to-back defeats at West Ham (3-1) and at home to Man City (4-0) were alarmingly abject.

With Pearson out the door, and the players drained of confidence, we anticipate Watford losing their sixth Premier League away contest on the spin on Sunday, and Arsenal, unbeaten in eight games at the Emirates, are priced generously to triumph.

The Gunners have turned the Emirates into a fortress since the turn of the year, winning six and drawing two of their league fixtures there since January 1, and having beaten Watford in three of the clubs’ last four encounters, another Arsenal victory is worth backing at the prices quoted, while a correct score prediction of 2-0 also looks favourable.

Watford failed to register in four of their last five away matches, and the toothless Hornets were unable to muster a single attempt on target in their mid-week loss to Man City.

The Gunners kept Watford off the scoresheet in 75% of their last four meetings with them and they should be able to keep the lacklustre Hornets at bay again on Sunday with a result that would almost certainly send their opponents tumbling down to the Championship.

Key Battle: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vs Craig Dawson
With four goals in his last four appearances against them, Gunners star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been punishing Watford with his clinical finishing in recent seasons.

The Gabon international, who shared last year’s Golden Boot award with Liverpool pair Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, still has the slimmest of outside chances of landing a share of this year’s gong alongside Jamie Vardy, though Auba, on 20 goals, needs a last-day hattrick to draw level with the Leicester hitman.

Watford defender Craig Dawson has performed manfully in a troubled campaign for the Hornets, though the 30-year-old was given the run-around by Aubameyang at Vicarage Road last September when the rapid attacker scored twice for Arsenal in a 2-2 draw.

Dawson will have his work cut-out to limit Aubameyang’s impact again on Sunday, so don’t be surprised to see the ex-Dortmund striker plunder another couple of goals.

Arsenal vs Watford team news
Long-term absentees Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli are joined in the treatment room by Shkodran Mustafi this week.

Out of favour duo Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi aren’t expected to feature again before likely summer exits, while Reiss Nelson is also nursing a knock ahead of Sunday.

Arsenal predicted line-up: Martinez – Holding, Luiz, Tierney – Bellerin, Xhaka, Ceballos, Maitland-Niles – Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette

Watford will be Gerard Deulofeu, Daryl Janmaat, Isaac Success and Etienne Capoue for Sunday’s contest.

Caretaker boss Hayden Mullins could make a few changes to the team that was torn to shreds by Man City in their last run-out, and that could see former Gunner Danny Welbeck and Nathaniel Chalobah drafted into the starting XI.

Watford predicted line-up: Foster – Femenia, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina – Doucoure, Chalobah, Hughes – Sarr, Deeney, Welbeck
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