Arsenal v Watford Betting Tips & Odds – 11/03/18

Arsenal v Watford Betting Tips & Odds – 11/03/18

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Arsenal v Watford Betting Tips & Odds

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Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday looking to pick up a just a third Premier League win of 2018. The new calendar year has been a cruel one to the Gunners so far, with them losing five of their last seven games to put the pressure on Wenger at unprecedented levels. That’s left their hopes of finishing in the top four as good as gone, making the Europa League their new priority and things are going well in that competition – with them defeating AC Milan at the San Siro on Thursday night. The visitors make the short trip to North London in decent form themselves, with the Hornets losing just one of their last five Premier League games to ease their relegation worries. The appointment of Javi Gracia back in January has looked like a good move by the hornets, with the Spaniard making an immediate impact and he’ll be quietly confident that his side can cause the hosts plenty of problems here.

Arsene Wenger Arsenal

Arsene Wenger desperately needs a victory here

Arsenal looking to build on Milan success

It’s been a miserable season again for Arsenal supporters and in particular Arsene Wenger. The Frenchmen signed a new two year deal at the Emirates last season, despite plenty of pleas from the fans for him to step down following their FA Cup success in May. But now almost a year into that deal he finds himself under the most pressure he has done in his career, with Gunners supporters demanding his head. No one can question some of Wenger’s achievements with Arsenal but the situation they find themselves in is very worrying. Title challenges are a thing of the past and it looks like so is a top four finish – which should be a minimum requirement for a club of this size. The Gunners are on course to miss out on Champions League football for a second successive season, with them coming into the weekend a huge thirteen points behind Tottenham in fourth – which will hurt the fans.

Champions League qualification through the Premier League looks as good as gone, but doing it through the Europa League looks very possible. On Thursday night they sent out a huge statement to rip up the form book and defeat a very good AC Milan side at the San Siro. Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey rounded off a famous night in Italy and it would’ve done wonders for their confidence, especially considering that they had failed to win eleven of their previous sixteen games in all competitions before hand. No one doubts how good Arsenal can be on their day and if they turn up here they will win this game comfortably, like they have done on a number of occasions at the Emirates this season. Only the two Manchester clubs have beaten them there in the PL this season which shows how tough a place it can be to go and we can see them carrying through the momentum from Thursday night into this one.

Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Mesut Ozil’s two assists at the San Siro took his goal contribution tally to 100 for Arsenal (37G 67A)

Watford eyeing up three successive PL wins for the first time this season

The visitors to the Emirates Stadium come in the form of Watford who are enjoying something of a revival at the moment. The controversial decision to sack Marco Silva has been vindicated by the Hornets board with them going on to win three of their last four league games, resulting in them climbing up into ninth position. They’re now nine points above the drop zone and looking in extremely good shape to stay up for a third successive season, with the appointment of Javi Gracia playing an important part in their climb away from trouble. He’s lost just one of his five games in charge since arriving at Vicarage Road, with the highlight so far undoubtedly their 4-1 victory over defending Premier League Champions Chelsea back at the start of February. That shows that they’re capable of getting results against the big sides on their day and they have a decent record against their opponents here, winning their last two against Arsenal.

Watford come into this clash fresh from picking up three points against West Brom last Saturday. It wasn’t the prettiest of games at Vicarage Road but they did enough to get the job done, with skipper Troy Deeney netting their only goal of the game after 77 minutes. This is one of the 29 year-olds lowest scoring seasons since joining Watford but he has a habit of scoring important goals, just as Arsenal found out back in October when he netted in the Hornets’ 2-1 win over them at Vicarage Road. We’re expecting things to be much different this time round though with Arsenal in desperate need of a win and on a high after picking up that massive win in Milan on Thursday night. Watford have lost eight of their last ten on the road in the Premier League and we’re expecting that to continue here.

Abdoulare Doucoure Watford

Abdoulaye Doucoure has been a revelation for Watford this season, with many big clubs reportedly interested in him

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