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Premier League Monday: Watford v Arsenal

FA Cup Finalists Watford Face Away Day Disasters Arsenal In Monday Nights Premier League Special: Team News. Manager Comments. Opta Stats, And Prediction.

By: Marc Gingell

On away form Arsenal are down in 10th place in the Premier League table and Watford can heap more pain on the Gunners with three points at Vicarage Road.

15/4/2019 Vicarage Road Watford (6) v Arsenal (10)
KO:20:00 REF: C Pawson

Watford Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: José Holebas Hamstring injury. Tom Cleverley Calf injury. Domingos Quina Shoulder injury.
  • 50% Chance of Playing: Adalberto Peñaranda Hamstring injury.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Kiko Femenía Knock. Gerard Deulofeu Ankle injury. Isaac Success Knock.

Arsenal Team News

  • Unknown Return Date: Héctor Bellerín Knee injury. Rob Holding Anterior cruciate ligament. Danny Welbeck Ankle injury.
  • Suspended Until 24 Apr: Sokratis.
  • 75% Chance of Playing: Granit Xhaka Groin injury.

Opta Stats

  • Watford have lost four of their previous five home games against Arsenal in the Premier League, but did beat the Gunners in their most recent such encounter last season (2-1).
  • Arsenal have not lost back-to-back away league games at Watford since a run of three straight defeats ending in November 1987.
  • None of the 11 previous Premier League meetings between Watford and Arsenal have ended in a draw (nine wins for Arsenal, two for Watford); only four fixtures in the competition have been played more often without ever sharing the spoils (Manchester United v Wigan (16), Aston Villa v Derby (14), Derby v Leicester (12) and Manchester United v Watford (12).
  • Watford have only won two of their 15 Premier League games when playing on a Monday (D5 L8); a 4-2 win over Portsmouth in April 2007 and a 4-1 victory against Chelsea in February 2018.
  • Arsenal have won seven of their last eight Premier League games on a Monday, losing only against Crystal Palace in April 2017 in that run.
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games, winning the last three in a row (D2). They last won four in a row at Vicarage Road within the same top-flight season back in December 1986.
  • Arsenal are yet to keep a clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season (15 games). They last had a longer run without a clean sheet on the road in the top-flight between April 1984-February 1985 (16 games).
  • Just one of Arsenal’s five Premier League away wins this season has come against a side starting the day higher than 16th place in the table, with the Gunners beating 8th placed Bournemouth 2-1 in November.
  • Watford’s Troy Deeney has scored nine Premier League goals this season, only netting more in the 2015-16 (13) and 2016-17 (10) campaigns. He could become just the third player to score 10+ goals in three different top-flight seasons for the Hornets after Luther Blissett (3) and John Barnes (4).
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s highest Premier League goalscorer this season with 17 goals. However, he’s not netted in any of his last five away from home since a goal at Brighton on Boxing Day.

Prediction

Arsenal, without a clean sheet on the road all season, will find that even more difficult to achieve without the suspended Sokratis. Watford still aiming to finish 7th, can take advantage of all their rivals around them losing over the weekend.

Watford 3 Arsenal 1

 

 

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