Monday 15 April, kick-off 8pm
Vicarage Road – Premier League
Monday night football is back with Watford against Arsenal at Vicarage Road in this Premier League preview. The Hornets are buzzing after their dramatic FA Cup semi-final victory over Wolves, while the Gunners also recorded an impressive win in their last game.
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What’s the story with Watford vs Arsenal?
Is Watford vs Arsenal on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? It was goalless with less than 10 minutes to play at the Emirates Stadium in September. However, a Craig Cathcart own goal handed Arsenal a late lead, before Mesut Ozil made the points safe.
What are the Watford vs Arsenal odds? Arsenal are the 5/4 favourites in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Watford are 9/4 with 888sport. The draw’s 14/5 with the same bookmaker, where you can pick up £30 in free bets when you register here.
Remember that time…Watford came from behind to beat Arsenal in last season’s corresponding fixture? Per Mertesacker put the away team in front, before Troy Deeney equalised from the penalty spot. The stage was set for Tom Cleverley to score a 92nd-minute winner for the Hornets.
Team news and form
Last six: WLWLWW
Cleverley is unlikely to be making any headlines in these Watford v Arsenal predictions, as he’s struggling with injury. Gerard Deulofeu is also in a race to be fit, after his heroics at Wembley last weekend. Jose Holebas, Kiko Femenia and Adalberto Penaranda are touch and go, although Isaac Success could return from a knee injury.
Last six: LWWWLW
Lucas Torreira is back from a three-match domestic ban, following his red card against Tottenham. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is suspended for these football betting predictions though, while Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are long-term absentees. Granit Xhaka will have a late fitness test after a minor injury.
Watford vs Arsenal prediction, preview and betting tips
After the drama in reaching the FA Cup final last weekend, Watford are looking for another big result here. They’re still in the hunt to finish seventh, while Arsenal are after a place in the top four. The Gunners put in a very good performance against Napoli on Thursday, but they head into these football predictions on the back of an awful run away from home.
Watford were heading for Wembley heartbreak against Wolves, before Deulofeu came off the bench to turn things around. First, the Spaniard scored a stunning chip to set the stage for Troy Deeney’s 94th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot. Then, Deulofeu tucked away a delightful winner in extra-time, before picking up an ankle injury.
Javi Gracia will be desperate for the forward to play, even if it’s only as a wonderful option from the bench again. The Hornets are looking to extend their impressive home record in this Watford vs Arsenal prediction. They’ve won their last four matches at Vicarage Road, and are unbeaten in six in front of their own fans.
Considering Arsenal’s away form, Watford could be well worth a look at 9/4 in the football betting odds. The Gunners have only won one of their last nine away games in the Premier League, losing five times. Even their victory was at bottom club Huddersfield Town. Unai Emery’s side lost at Everton last weekend, and in this fixture last term.
Arsenal come into the game after a comfortable 2-0 victory over Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday. They should’ve scored more against the Serie A side, but that was on home soil. They seem to wither away from the Emirates, and Watford are on a high.
That’s why we’re going for the Hornets to win and both teams to score at 4/1 with William Hill in your Watford vs Arsenal betting tips. That bet would’ve paid out in each of Watford’s last three home games, two of which they’ve won 2-1. The Hornets beat Arsenal 2-1 last term, and by the same scoreline at the Emirates in the previous meeting between the teams. We’re going for a repeat of that result this weekend and it’s 11/1 in your football score predictions.
Watford vs Arsenal first goalscorer predictions
Sometimes, Deulofeu looks like a world beater. He certainly did as his cameo against Wolves sent Watford into the FA Cup final. If he’s fit, he could be excellent value at 17/2 with bet365 for the first goal of the game. If you don’t want to wait for the team news, Watford captain and penalty taker Deeney is 7/1 with the same bookmaker in the first goalscorer odds. That price rises to 62/1 if you predict Watford will go on to win 2-1. If you prefer an Arsenal player for the first goal, top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 4/1.
Both teams to score
Watford to win
Troy Deeney to score first
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Not exactly a long-suffering Manchester City fan, Tom’s favourite moment supporting the Blues was being a young lad at Wembley for Paul Dickov’s equaliser in the 1999 play-off final against Gillingham. He follows La Liga closely too, and has lots of experience writing about sports betting including F1, tennis and golf.