Arsenal welcome Watford to the Emirates for this weekend’s first Super Sunday match.
The Gunners has struggled for form lately but ended four games without victory in all competitions on Thursday, with victory at AC Milan in Europa League.
Watford meanwhile are unbeaten in four of five league games under Javi Garcia and already beat Chelsea last month.
Arsenal could be without Sead Kolasinac due to ankle injury.
Full back, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal are definitely ruled out of this game but could return on Thursday.
Forward, Alexandre Lacazette has resumed training but won’t be back in the first team till after the international break.
Several regulars including Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could return here, having been rested in midweek’s Europa League match due to ineligibility or other.
Watford is expected to have Jose Holebas available despite picking up a knock in last weekend’s win over West Bromwich Albion.
Spanish right back, Kiko Femenia is also in contention to return, having sat last week out with illness.
Craig Cathcart has resumed training after seven months out with a knee injury but won’t be risked here.
Midfielder, Tom Cleverley is also back in training but away from team till Easter at earliest.
The Hornets however has several absentees including; Christian Kabasele (hamstring), Gerard Deulofeu (foot), Younes Kaboul (metatarsal), Nathaniel Chalobah (knee), Tommie Hoban (knee) and Molla Wague (hamstring).
Arsenal ended a four match losing streak in all competitions on Thursday at AC Milan in Europa League.
The Gunners have leaked in goals in every league game of 2018, wasting 17 points out of a possible 24 with just two wins and a draw from eight matches.
Watford are currently in good form under Javi Garcia with just two defeats in all competitions.
They have managed three clean sheets in five league matches but conceded against London based opposition last month.
Goal wise, Aaron Ramsay is Arsenal’s top scorer with three goals like Watford’s Troy Deeney, who also has three.
- Arsenal have lost three of last five meetings in this fixture across all competitions. Those defeats were all by 2-1 score lines.
- After playing on Thursday nights this season, Arsenal have lost just two of their following domestic games with both coming at hands of Manchester City.
- Arsenal haven’t lost four straight league games since March 1995 so could equal that stat here with defeat.
- Watford could win three games on bounce for first time since December 2015.
- If Watford win 1-0 and Troy Deeney scores, it would be the first time that happened since Liverpool with Daniel Sturridge in September 2013.
Where can game be won and lost?
|Per Game Average||Arsenal (home)||Watford (away)|
|Shots on Target||7.5||3.36|
|Goals per First Half %||50||41.2|
|Goals per Second Half %||50||58.8|
Arsenal on paper definitely seems to have won every area, especially with more than double the average shots on target that Watford have.
Away from Vicarage Road, Watford seem to be more aggressive with an average of two straight red cards.
They however are more dangerous attack wise in second half of away games, which will test Arsenal’s wobbly defence.
Watford seems to have upper hand in this fixture lately but the Gunners need to respond to recent criticism so going for a draw.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Watford
Jake predicts: Arsenal 2-1 Watford
Result: Arsenal 3-0 Watford