Watford v Arsenal: match preview | Premier League


With West Ham and Manchester United, the two teams directly above Arsenal, playing Liverpool and Manchester City, respectively, this weekend, the Gunners will feel this game represents an excellent chance to make inroads on fourth place, regardless of the fact they also have three games in hand. Three wins in a row for Mikel Arteta’s side have improved the mood at the Emirates no end after what was a scratchy start to the year. For Roy Hodgson, the euphoria of a point at Old Trafford last week is tempered by only one win this year. Three points from the last safe spot, Watford’s need for a win is more pressing than Arsenal’s, but three league goals all year tells all about where their current weakness lies. Conrad Leach

Sunday 2pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue Vicarage Road

Last season n/a

Referee Craig Pawson

This season G18 Y82 R1 4.61 cards/game

Odds H 28-5 A 5-8 D 16-5

WATFORD

Subs from Elliot, Bachmann, Fletcher, Gosling, Pedro, Kabasele, Rose, Sema, Sierralta, Masina, Troost-Ekong, Baah, Kalu, Kucka, Kayembe, Hernández, Femenía

Doubtful Femenía (knock)

Injured Nkoulou (hamstring, 19 Mar), Etebo (match fitness, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y46 R2

Form DLLWLD

Leading scorer Dennis 9

ARSENAL

Subs from Leno, Okonkwo, Holding, Awe, Tavares, Lokonga, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pépé, Nketiah, Tomiyasu, Martinelli

Doubtful Tomiyasu (calf)

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline Y37 R3

Form WLDWWW

Leading scorer Smith Rowe 9



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