Arsenal vs Watford
WAT VS ARS MATCH PREVIEW:
This has been a strange season for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger. They have put on great shows in some matches while in games which looked like an easy job on the paper, Gunners just failed to show up, ended up losing against the likes of Nottingham Forest and Ostersund.
The season was already done and dusted since they started traveling and the away blues are the main reason why the 2003 Premier League Champions find themselves sixth in the table, a huge 13 points behind Tottenham who are 4th in the table.
At home, Arsenal have been more than impressive this season. In 14 games at the Emirates, Gunners have 10 wins, while two losses and two draws came against two Manchester Clubs and Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. That's not a shame, and in a regular season, it can happen.
The problem is the road for Arsenal this season. All their hair-raising and eerie performances have come in their away matches. In fact, Wenger's men are the 10th worst team in away games, winning only three and losing a staggering eight times in just 15 games.
But the win against AC Milan on Thursday showed Arsenal's players can still stop the rot that has engulfed much of Arsenal's season. The 2-0 win in the first leg has made them hot-favorites for the quarterfinals. Though the qualification for the Champions League via league position looks like an insurmountable task, but the prestigious continental football can still return to the emirates next season if Wenger emulates his chief nemesis Mourinho's approach by winning the Europa League.
While for Watford, their main objective has already been achieved this season, which was ensuring their Premier League status for yet another season. They are 10th in the table, 9 points clear of the 18th placed Crystal Palace.
The Hornets may create some problems for Gunners as they are on a very good run heading into this match. They have won 3 times in their last five league games, which includes an outstanding 4-1 win over Chelsea.
When: March 11th, 07:00 PM IST
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
Recent wins (Last six matches)
Arsenal – W L L L L W
Watford – L D W L W W
WAT vs ARS TEAM NEWS:
Arsenal's defenders Sead Kolasinac, Callum Chambers, Hector Bellerin, and Nacho Monreal are racing against time to be fit for this clash, but we are expecting them to make into the squad. But if that doesn't happen, Rob Holding and Ainsley Maitland-Niles may come into the team at their expense. Santi Cazorla and Alexandre Lacazette are definitely out of this clash. Bu Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will return to the starting lineup after being cup-tied in midweek. Mkhitaryan is expected to be given a rest.
Cech (GK); Kolasinac, Koscielny, Mustafi, Chambers, Wilshere, Xhaka, Ramsey, Iwobi, Ozil, Aubameyang
Watford will be missing a host of first-teamers with Jose Holebas and Kiko Femenia are definitely missing out. Other injured players are Tommie Hoban, Craig Cathcart, Nathaniel Chalobah, Younes Kaboul, Molla Wague, Tom Cleverley, Christian Kabasele, Jerome Sinclair, and Gerard Deulofeu.
While Kiko Femenia and Jose Holebas are expected to return to face Arsenal after returning to full training.
Kanezis, (GK); Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Carrillo, Pereyra, Richarlison, Deeney
Arsenal – 13 times English Champions
Watford – Never been champions
Head 2 Head- 22 meetings in official matches
Arsenal – 10 wins
Watford – 11 wins
Arsenal – Aubameyang, Ozil, Ramsey
Watford – Deeney, Doucoure, Richarlison
Some key stats:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Arsenal should win this match comfortably even if the visitors are on a very good run heading into this match. Though Arsenal's backline needs to be on their toes as Deeney and Richarlison can cause them few problems with the former being a poacher as effective as any other player in the world. we are predicting a 2-0 win for Arsenal.
NOTE: THIS WAT VS ARS MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.
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