Premier League In Focus – Arsenal vs Watford Preview

When? Sunday 11th March, 13:30 (UK)

Where? Emirates Stadium

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Premier League

Are tickets still available?

Arsenal & Watford - https://www.ticketbis.net/arsenal-v-watford-tickets/ev330707

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Arsenal W2, Watford W3
Premier League meetings: Arsenal W7, Watford W2
All-time meetings: Arsenal W14, Watford W12, D1

ARSENAL

Predicted line-up: Cech; Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi; Aubameyang

Unavailable: Cazorla (Injured), Lacazette (Injured), Monreal (Injured)

Doubtful: Bellerin (Injured)

WATFORD

Predicted line-up: Karnezis; Janmaat, Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas; Doucoure, Capoue; Carrillo, Pereyra, Richarlison; Deeney

Unavailable: Hoban (Injured), Chalobah (Injured), Kabasele (Injured), Kaboul (Injured), Cleverley (Injured), Deulofeu (Injured), Cathcart (Injured)

Doubtful: Sinclair (Injured), Wague (Injured), Kiko Femenia (Illness), Holebas (Injured)

PREDICTION
If the pressure was not on Arsene Wenger before Arsenal’s trip to Brighton last weekend, then it certainly is now as the Gunners' hopes of a top four finish are all but non-existent. They find themselves 13 points behind their arch rivals Tottenham who are currently fourth and are now closer to Sunday’s opponents Watford in terms of this season’s points tally.

This Arsenal side looks like it is going through the motions just waiting for the season to finish, and whether that means that a new manager will finally be installed remains to be seen but the outcome at the Emirates this weekend will give a large indication as to whether the players are really behind Wenger or not.

The players are definitely behind their man in charge at Watford as since Javi Gracia replaced Marco Silva as manager, the club have arrested their slide down the table and now find themselves in the top half of the table once more. Recent history has seen the Hornets come out on top more often than not in this fixture and they will be highly confident of further adding to Arsenal’s demise this weekend.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The sixth round of the 2016 FA Cup saw holders Arsenal play host to Watford at the Emirates and it was a game that saw the Gunners relinquish their grip on the trophy. Quique Sanchez Flores’ men raced into a 2-0 lead to silence the home fans and although Danny Welbeck scored late on to halve the deficit and set up a nervy finish, it was not enough to stop the Hornets causing a big cup upset.