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Arsenal vs Watford: Struggling Hornets facing uphill battle

Kick-off: 1600, 26/07/2020

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

TV: Sky Sports Football

Watford will be fighting for Premier League survival when visiting Arsenal but face a tough task to get anything out of this game.

The Gunners have only dropped two points from their last six home games, with new champions Liverpool beaten in the most recent match at this venue.

Mikel Arteta has been mentored by Pep Guardiola, who never allows his players to ease off.

That makes 91/100 for a home win here hard to resist in our opening Arsenal vs Watford prediction.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

Arsenal are admittedly coming off a disappointing display when beaten 1-0 away to Watford’s relegation rivals Aston Villa on Tuesday.

That result means the Gunners will finish outside the top six for the first time in 25 years.

Midfielder Granit Xhaka had a harsh assessment of that performance, stating: “In my opinion, you can’t come here and play like this.”

He added on the club website: “It’s not good enough and you can’t play with this mentality.

“We knew if we won and then won the last game as well, we could have got into the Europa League, but now we have to win the FA Cup and we have more pressure.”

However, Arsenal are still in credit after beating Liverpool in the league and Manchester City in the cup in their two previous outings.

There have also been good victories over Southampton, Norwich and Wolves in this competition since returning from lockdown.

With their next opponents forced to come out and play, we like 31/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game from the Arsenal vs Watford odds.

Last Arsenal line-up: Martinez, Holding, Soares, Luiz, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Torreira, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Nketiah, Saka.

Arsenal vs Watford prediction

A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds

Watford’s shock decision to dismiss Nigel Pearson following a 3-1 loss at West Ham preceded a less surprising 4-0 home defeat versus Manchester City.

Pearson had initially done a sterling job in overseeing a turnaround in fortunes after taking over in December.

Back-to-back 2-1 home wins over Norwich and Newcastle earlier this month regained some of the momentum lost while play was suspended.

However, the Hornets now head into the closing day third from bottom, just below Villa on goal difference.

Caretaker boss Hayden Mullins said: “Obviously, it is a tough game against a very good side in Arsenal, they are doing very well at the moment.

“But we can only concentrate on ourselves and we are not really going to worry about other results going our way.”

Goalkeeper Ben Foster said after the drubbing by City that confidence within the dressing room was “crazy, crazy low”, though, so it would take a leap of faith to side with Watford here.

We’re sticking with 7/2 for the Gunners to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 in the multiple correct score market to finish off our Arsenal vs Watford betting tips.

Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Mariappa, Kiko, Kabasele, Cleverley, Doucoure, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney, Sarr.

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Last result:

Aston Villa 1-0 ARSENAL

WATFORD 0-4 Man City

Head-to-head: Watford 2-2 Arsenal, Watford 0-1 Arsenal, Arsenal 2-0 Watford, Arsenal 3-0 Watford, Watford 2-1 Arsenal

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