Arsenal at Watford - Premier League Lines

By  Jonathan Willis

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Arsenal fans are starting to catch Champions League fever. The Gunners are currently fifth in the table, but they have a game in hand on third place Chelsea and are one point behind fourth place Tottenham Hotspur. Perhaps more importantly, they have no matches remaining against Big Six opponents, so they will be favored in all six of their remaining league games as they look to return to the most prestigious competition in European football after a two-year absence. That doesn’t mean their remaining matches will be easy though, and Watford are a dangerous side.

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English Premier League Betting at

Watford +208

Arsenal +116

Draw +269

Over/Under 3

Odds Analysis

Watford are sitting in 10th place, but the Hornets have lost two of their last three and three of their last five. It’s been a great year for the club though, and they will have a chance to win a trophy after overcoming a 2-0 deficit against Wolves in the FA Cup Semifinals to win 3-2. In league play, Watford’s three losses were against Big Six clubs, and they were expected to lose all three as they were on the road for each game. They were outscored 10-2 by Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United.

The Gunners hadn’t lost in league play since falling to Manchester City in early February prior to last week’s defeat at the hands of Everton. The Toffees were intrepid on the counter and fired an incredible 23 shots despite having possession for just 42 percent of the match. Arsenal have had one of the most dangerous offenses in the league this year though, and they trail only the two top clubs in terms of goals. They are coming off a big win in Europa League play too, knocking off Napoli 2-0 on Thursday.

When these sides met at the Emirates earlier in the year, it was level for 80 minutes. Watford looked likely to get a result, but then a Craig Cathcart own goal and a Mesut Ozil goal two minutes later locked up a win for Arsenal.

Key Injuries

Tom Cleverley and Adalberto Penaranda are both doubtful for Watford. Jose Holebas, Kiko Femenia, and FA Cup hero Gerard Deulofeu are all questionable due to ankle injuries, while Isaac Success is probable.

Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, and Danny Welbeck have all suffered season-ending injuries on the side of Arsenal. Lucas Torreira and Sokratis will both miss the match due to suspension, and Granit Xhaka is considered probable.

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Ozil continues to be an enigma for Arsenal. The highest-paid player on the team has not had a great season, and his performance against Everton last week was lackluster. Ozil still shows flashes of the player Arsenal broke the bank for, but he is not reliable and a lock to start anymore. He had his moments against Napoli on Thursday, yet if he gets the start, he needs to continue to prove his place.

Prop Bet – Under 2.5 and 3 +118

It’s not easy to play in multiple competitions, especially if you lack depth like Arsenal do. The Gunners have been one of the highest scoring teams in the league this year, but Watford defended well until late in their last match.

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Watford have a great opportunity to earn a result here. The Hornets have not been great against Big Six clubs this year, but they had their moments against Arsenal in their first meeting and they can have success against this back line.

English Premier League Odds: Watford 1, Arsenal 1

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