Arsenal vs. Watford / Premier League – Two more matches of the 30th round of English Premier League will be played on Sunday and in the first of them two teams from London will face each other. At the moment both are positioned in the upper half of the table where 6th-placed Arsenal has nine points more than 9th-positioned Watford. However, the Hornets are in a bit better shape than the Gunners at the moment, and on top of it they defeated them in two previous Premier League matches by 2-1. Begins: 11.03.2018 – 14:30 CET
Two defeats in a row should be just an additional motive for team led by manager Wenger to try on Sunday to again defeat Watford, especially as atmosphere in the locker room has improved after last week’s good result made in the 1st leg of the Europa League round of 16, when they won away Italian Milan 2-0. The victory gets in importance when we know that Aubameyang and experienced goalkeeper Cech were suspended and several other players were injured.
Besides, the triumph came handy to the Gunners to soothe their wounds after three consecutive defeats in the league and one in the final of League Cup, when Manchester City outclassed them by 3-0. We believe that their fans are disappointed the most by fact that at the moment Arsenal has even 13 points fewer than 4th-placed Tottenham, so the Europa League is its only realistic chance to reach the Champions League. Due to injuries the match should skip defender Bellerin, Monreal and Kolasicnac, midfielder Cazorla and forward Lacazette.
Probable lineups Arsenal: Cech – Holding, Mustafi, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles – Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere – Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Ozil
Unlike their far more famous city rival, Watford won two Premier League matches in a row before the facing its city rival, which in fact propelled them into the upper part of table. Team led by manager Garcia has used in the best possible way fact that out of last four rounds it played even three matches at home where it won in this order Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich, while in the same period Watford lost only to West Ham away by 2-0.
After that it won Everton and West Bromwich by 1-0, and now can face Arsenal being under far smaller pressure. Watford won Arsenal last year at the Emirates, as well as in the first part of this season at home. True, Garcia still has great problems with absences and due to injuries the Sunday’s match will skip defenders Femenia, Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele, Kaboul and Wague, midfielders Cleverly and Chalobah, and forwards Deulofeu and Sinclair.
Probable lineups Watford: Karnezis – Janmaat, Mariappa, Prodl, Britos – Capoue, Doucoure – Carrillo, Pereyra, Richarlison – Deeney
Arsenal – Watford PICK
Although just three places and nine point separate the two teams from London, we nevertheless believe that the Gunners should win on Sunday, especially as atmosphere in the locker room has significantly improved after very good match in the Europa League last week.
Pick: Asian handicap -1 Arsenal
Odds: 1.79 at betvictor (down to 1.72 can be played)