Arsenal vs Watford Prediction and Betting Preview, 26 Jul 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 3-2
It has been a tumultuous season for Watford so far, with the club struggling to secure positive results both at home and on the road. Having finished 11th on the standings last season, many expected the Hornets to raise the bar a little higher this time around, perhaps finishing in the top-half of the table.
Match status: 2019-20 Premier League - Matchweek 38
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)
However, Watford have been horrendous this term, and are easily one of the worst sides in the league. With just 34 points from 37 games, they sit 18th on the standings, and are level on points with Aston Villa, who are positioned just above them.

Sporting the same number of points as the Villa, they trail the newly-promoted outfit with a single goal difference margin. Approaching the final PL game-week, Watford have their destinies in their own hands. They cannot afford slip-ups this weekend to stand any chances at survival.

Making a trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on an inconsistent Arsenal side this Sunday, Hayden Mullin’s charges will be gunning for nothing but victory, while hoping for an Aston Villa capitulation against West Ham United to escape the relegation places.

Arsenal vs Watford Team News

Since the departure of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have failed to hit the high marks they had set for themselves over the years. Enduring a torrid 2019/2020 season, the Gunners sit tenth on the standings, and have already missed out on continental qualification.

Scheduled to take on relegation contenders Aston Villa on the last matchday, Arsenal were required to put their best foot forward to secure a favorable result. Headed into the game on an impressive winning streak, Arteta’s men were touted as huge favorites for victory.

Fighting to retain their Premier League status, the Villa turned in a performance of the highest quality to snatch all three points from under the noses of the Gunners. Grabbing the only goal of the game in the first-half, Dean Smith’s men ensured a narrow 1-0 win was posted on the board.

Watford, on the other hand, were handed the herculean task of upstaging second-placed Manchester City last time out. Against a top side in City, Watford were always going to struggle, and this fixture was no exception.

On the back foot throughout the match, the Hornets were totally outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s men. Raheem Sterling was the star of the show, grabbing a brace as City knocked their weak opposition for six. Foden and Laporte also got in amongst the goals to register an emphatic 4-0 win over Watford.

For this fixture, Arsenal would seem favorites for the win on paper. However, given Watford’s determination to escape the drop-zone, we are likely to see a top-drawer performance from Mullin’s men here. They will be laying blood and sweat bare on the pitch in search for victory.

Approaching this game, the Yellow Army will take confidence in the fact that this Arsenal side were dispatched by fellow relegation contenders Aston Villa a few days ago. With all the players hitting top gear, a Watford win is not totally out of proportion.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have absolutely nothing to play for here, except pride. They are already out of the running for European qualification and are some way off eleventh-placed Everton. Regardless of the outcome of this game, the Gunners will likely remain tenth on the log.

Injured or Suspended Players

Arsenal: Pablo Mari, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Mesut Ozil.

Watford: Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Dimitri Foulquier.

Pre-Match Odds

Arsenal: 1.968
Draw: 3.92
Watford: 3.94

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Arsenal vs Watford Predictions

Ordinarily, you would expect a comfortable Arsenal win here. However, given the opposing number Watford are in serious danger of being relegated to the Championship if they do not secure victory here, they cannot be shoved aside. Expect a spirited performance from the Hornets come Sunday evening, one enough to secure a win over the Gunners.
Our Betting Tip:
X2 @ 1.97
Correct Score:
Arsenal 0-2 Watford @ 21.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Match Winner:
Watford Win @ 4.00
Double Chance:
X2 @ 1.97
Under 2.5 @ 2.34
Deeney To Score @ 2.65
Half Time:
HT Under 1.5 @ 1.58
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