Arsenal vs Watford: Arsenal travel to Watford, looking to put their shambolic away form behind them in the Premier League. Here are five guys needed to avoid another letdown.
Event: Premier League
Team: Arsenal vs Watford
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Game Time: 03:00 p.m. ET
Arsenal goes to Watford on Monday to close out the Premier League’s 33rd matchday as the Gunners aim to get closer to the top four. Arsenal enters the day in sixth place with 63 points and a record of 19-6-7, while Watford is 10th at 13-7-12 with 46 points, and a victory would vault the team into seventh. If the Gunners can manage a victory, they’ll go back into the top four by jumping Manchester United and Chelsea, edging the latter on goal differential.
Watford: This club would love nothing more than to jump back into seventh place behind Arsenal with a victory. There are six spots near mid-table where teams are separated by just six points, so there is a chance Watford could finish in the top half or the bottom half. Based on the remaining schedule, which includes Southampton and Huddersfield, they should feel good about their chances of finishing in the top 10.
Arsenal: The Gunners have to look at this match as an important one to win, though a draw won’t be the end of the world. But considering Watford has lost three of five and shown inconsistency in defense, Arsenal should feel confident about creating enough chances needed to win.
Are you nervous? I’m nervous. And I have quite literally never predicted an Arsenal loss. Ever. That shows you how stupidly optimistic I can be/always am. Yet this may be one of the more nervy matches in awhile, for a couple reasons.
First of all, it runs the risk of looking quite similar to Everton. An annoying away fixture that we should absolutely be winning, but that takes on a whole new light when it comes to being an away match.
There are some key differences though. For starters. Neither Matteo Guendouzi nor Mohamed Elneny should be starting like they were against Everton. I love Guendouzi, but I could use a break for the moment.