Watford vs Arsenal / Premier League – At the end of 34th round of English Premier League we have match in which one team is more interested to win points. It is Arsenal and it is racing to reach the Champions League next season, but at the same time the Gunners are very successful in the Europa League. Watford did well this season in the league where it occupies a place in the upper half of table. Watford is recently focused on the FA Cup where it has reached the final. Arsenal won their match played in the first part of season in London by 2-0.
Watford vs Arsenal begins 15.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Watford currently occupies a place in the middle of Premier League table and that is quite satisfactory, although they can even end up at the seventh place by the end of season and that position might take them to the Europa League. Still, Watford is focused on the final of FA Cup where will face reigning champion Manchester City. If they win the title in the FA Cup the season will be written in golden letters in the club’s history.
Just reaching the final was a great success and way how they eliminated Wolverhampton in the semi-finals will be remembered for a long time. After one hour of match they were losing 2-0 but they didn’t surrender and had managed to equalise in the dramatic finish, while they scored the third goal in the extra time. Two excellent forwards Deeney and Deulofeu were for the umpteen time the main characters of the triumph. Deulofeu had just come off the bench and now is still questionable due to injury so he might skip the match.
Probable lineups Watford: Foster – Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Holebas – Doucoure, Capoue – Hughes, Pereyra – Deeney, A. Gray
Arsenal too fights on two fronts, although they are successful in the Europa League. They won on Thursday Napoli 2-0 at home in the first quarter-final match and that is really nice advantage for the rematch, so we can say that are very close to the semi-finals. Winner of the Europa League automatically qualifies for the Champions League next season and that is the biggest motivator for the Gunners, but in any case they fight a bitter battle in the Premier League where their objective is the same. They had a nice series of good results that lasted all the way till the previous round when they slipped against Everton.
Very few expected that the Gunners will play that badly after all what they had showed, but one received goal was enough to lose and maximally complicate their struggle to reach the Champions League. They slid down at the fifth place ahead of this round although point differences are so small and guarantee further excitements. Manager Emery had expectedly made a whole series of changes for the Europa League match and the Gunners are fresh enough to try to win again. The only problem is suspension of stopper Sokratis.
Probable lineups Arsenal: Leno – Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal – Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Torreira, Kolasinac – Iwobi – Aubameyang, Lacazette
Watford vs Arsenal PICK
Watford is very tough nut to crack this season and it would be wishful thinking to say that Arsenal is a strong favourite to win. Still, the home team experienced strong emotional discharge in the semi-finals of FA Cup and that competition is more important to them, so they might not play this match at the highest level. On the other hand, each point is important to Arsenal and we expect that the Gunners don’t lose.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Arsenal
Odds: 1.64 at bethard (down to 1.58 can be played)
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