On Monday night, Arsenal travels to Vicarage Road to face Watford, in a Premier League game that could prove crucial to the Gunners chances of a top-four finish this season.
Watford are currently tenth place in the Premier League table. However, they have two games in hand on some of their rivals for seventh spot. A victory would move the Hornets up to seventh place.
The home side’s recent Premier League form has been inconsistent. In fact, Javi Garcia’s team has won two and lost three of their last five league outings. However, those three defeats were at Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The Hornets are in fact unbeaten in five home Premier League games, having won their last three straight outings on home soil in the English top-flight.
Watford have lost their last two games against Arsenal. However, both of those were at the Emirates Stadium. In the corresponding fixture last season, the Hornets recorded a 2-1 victory.
Arsenal have slipped to sixth place courtesy of weekend victories for Tottenham and Manchester United. The Gunners are now three points behind fourth-place Chelsea, who visit Liverpool later today.
Unai Emery’s team will head into this clash high on confidence after a 2-0 win over Napoli in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday night.
In the Premier League, a 1-0 defeat at Everton last time out ended a six-game unbeaten run in the English top-flight for the team from north London. The defeat on Merseyside was typical of the visitor’s performances on their travels of late.
The Gunners have won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League, suffering defeats in four of their last six away games in the top-flight. Emery’s team has also failed to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League on their travels this season.
Watford are set to be without Tom Cleverley, Jose Holebas and Domingos Quina due to injury. Isaac Success, Kiko Femenia and Alberto Penaranda are also doubts for the clash. Gerard Deulofeu is expected to be fit after doubts about his participation earlier in the week.
Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin remain on the sidelines due to injury. Meanwhile Sokratis is ruled out due to suspension. Midfielder Lucas Torreira returns to the squad after suspension, though. Midfielder Granit Xhaka is a fitness doubt for the Gunners.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 5/4, while Watford are odds of 11/5 and the draw is odds of 11/4.
If Arsenal are to record a victory at Vicarage Road, they will need to raise their game from previous away games, or they could be in for another difficult afternoon.
Will Arsenal record a vital away win at Watford on Monday night?