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FA Cup: Arsenal vs Watford preview

Kickoff: Sunday, 13 March @13:30 GMT

Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Watford vs Arsenal 0-3 (2015/2016 Premier League)
Watford vs Arsenal 1-2 (2006/2007 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Watford 3-0 (2006/2007 Premier League)
Watford vs Arsenal 2-3 (1999/2000 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Watford 1-0 (1999/2000 Premier League)

Arsenal vs Watford prediction

Arsene Wenger hopes his team can continue the flawless record against the Hornets in the upcoming FA Cup clash at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are the most successful team in this competition, and want to grab their third consecutive trophy, but first they need to prove their worth in the clash with Watford.

Giroud and Walcott back to goal scoring ways

The word is that Arsenal players held a secret meeting regarding their poor form in recent matches, and the end result of their talk was the hammering of Hull in the fifth round replay of the FA Cup (4-0). Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott ended their fruitless run, since both of them scored a brace against the Tigers. Walcott was on a ten-game run without a goal, while the French international had to wait one game longer. Anyway, the barren run seems to be behind them, and the fans expect them to keep their productivity in the forthcoming encounter against Watford. The Hornets saw three goals in their net in the Premier League earlier this season, as well as in their last meeting in London, and Arsene Wenger expect his team will keep up the good work this time out. Truth being told, Emirates Stadium outfit deliver more goals when playing away from home this term, but the players are well aware that the fans expect another spectacle from them on Sunday afternoon.

As always, Arsenal’s recovery room is rather full. Emirates Stadium outfit will be without the likes of Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny, Jack Wilshere, Peter Cech, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson.

Watford not so good offensively of late

Watfrod have been suffering from a dip in form of late, going three straight games without a triumph. The Hornets recorded back-to-back defeats against Manchester United (1-0) and Leicester City (1-0). Vicarage Road outfit struggle in front of opposition goals in recent matches, since Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney seem to be taking a break from scoring. Even though the team from Hertfordshire advanced to the quarterfinals with three successive triumphs, their performances in those matches were far from impressive. Deeney secured a safe pass against Newcastle with a single goal, Ighalo netted a last-gasp goal against Nottingham Forest, and if it weren’t for Wootton’s own-goal, the Hornets would have probably played the replay with Leeds. Their away form lack consistency and on rare occasions we see them score more than one goal when playing on their travels. Bearing in mind that Arsenal are usually keeping things tight in the back when on home soil, I do not believe this game will be an exception.

Quique Sánchez Flores cannot count on Joel Ekstrand (hamstring), Rene Gilmartin (knee), and Jose Jurado Marin (calf), who are still sidelined due to injuries.

Quick Facts

  • Arsenal are on a five-game winning streak against Watfrod
  • The Gunners finally ended their winless run in the clash against Hull
  • Arsene Wenger’s charges failed to triumph on home soil in three consecutive matches
  • Watford have been blowing hot and cold on the road of late
  • Their last four encounters saw more than 2.5 goals per game

Arsenal vs Watford betting tip

Arsenal fans believe their team ended the dry period and hope to witness plenty of fireworks at Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger is a manager who knows how to win in cup matches, bearing in mind his enourmous success in this competition. I really believe that Watford came as far as they could this term, which is why I will bet on the Gunners.

Tip: Home win
Odds: 1.62 (8/13) @BetVictor

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