Watford v Arsenal Premier League betting preview and tips

21:00 Mon 15 Apr
Football
England
Premier League
Tip: Watford +0.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: -112

Watford are among the teams to have enjoyed a successful season in the Premier League, with the Hornets having enjoyed a flying start and they have forty-six points from thirty-two games played to date.

Javi Gracia’s side will be targeting seventh place come the end of the campaign and will be relishing the chance to face an Arsenal side who might be challenging for a top four spot but haven’t been particularly convincing on the road this term.

The Gunners might be red-hot at the Emirates but they have only won five of their fourteen encounters on the road this season and they currently have a negative goal difference away from home.

This clash also comes just a few days after a tough Europa League clash against Napoli, with Unai Emery likely to be displeased that his team travel to Vicarage Road after playing one of the best teams in Italy.

Recent form has been strong but it should be noted that the lion’s share of the matches have been on home soil and Arsenal somehow conspired to only draw 1-1 at Tottenham despite outplaying their north London rivals at Wembley.

Looking further back, the Gunners suffered Europa League defeats at Rennes and BATE Borisov after losing at Manchester City and there are question marks over the defence when it comes to matches on the road.

Watford have picked up a creditable eight victories at Vicarage Road this season and they have a big preparation window for this encounter considering it will be eight days after meeting Wolves in the FA Cup.

At the time of writing, the Hornets have won six of their past nine matches, with Fulham recently trounced by a 4-1 scoreline and they had previously beaten Everton and Leicester on home soil.

This is a hardy team who have plenty of midfield steel thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure and Etienne Capoue, with Troy Deeney always relishing a battle against the Arsenal central defenders.

At the very least, we think that Watford can land a draw in this clash and they can be backed at a decent price on the Asian Handicap market which means a home win or a draw and we get a return for our stake.

BETTING TIP
Watford +0.5 @ 1.89 with bet365

Team News

Watford: 4-3-1-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Arsenal: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 26
    Ben Foster
  • 11
    Adam Masina
  • 15
    Craig Cathcart
  • 27
    Christian Kabasele
  • 02
    Daryl Janmaat
  • 16
    Abdoulaye Doucoure
  • 29
    Etienne Capoue
  • 21
    Kiko Femenia
  • 19
    Will Hughes
  • 18
    Andre Gray
  • 09
    Troy Deeney
  • 19
    Bernd Leno
  • 20
    Shkodran Mustafi
  • 06
    Laurent Koscielny
  • 27
    Konstantinos Mavropanos
  • 18
    Nacho Monreal
  • 11
    Lucas Torreira
  • 34
    Granit Xhaka
  • 07
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan
  • 08
    Aaron Ramsey
  • 17
    Alex Iwobi
  • 14
    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Premier League

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Liverpool 34 26 7 1 77:20 85
2 Manchester City 33 27 2 4 86:22 83
3 Tottenham 33 22 1 10 64:34 67
4 Arsenal 33 20 6 7 66:40 66
5 Chelsea 34 20 6 8 57:36 66
6 Manchester Unit 33 19 7 7 63:44 64
7 Leicester 34 14 5 15 46:45 47
8 Wolverhampton W 33 13 8 12 41:42 47
9 Everton 34 13 7 14 46:44 46
10 Watford 33 13 7 13 47:48 46
11 West Ham 34 12 6 16 42:52 42
12 Bournemouth 34 12 5 17 49:61 41
13 Crystal Palace 34 11 6 17 40:46 39
14 Burnley 34 11 6 17 42:60 39
15 Newcastle Unite 34 10 8 16 32:43 38
16 Southampton 33 9 9 15 39:54 36
17 Brighton 33 9 6 18 32:53 33
18 Cardiff 34 9 4 21 30:63 31
19 Fulham 34 5 5 24 32:76 20
20 Huddersfield 34 3 5 26 19:67 14