The Gunners are going for a sixth successive league win on home soil and Arsene Wenger’s men are sure to come into this clash in confident mood after securing their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a fantastic 5-0 win against Southampton at St Mary’s as the Frenchman began his four-game touchline ban.
Watford suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of League One side Millwall on Sunday and Walter Mazzarri’s men will be hoping to make amends for that bitterly disappointing defeat, but that is certainly easier said than done. Both of these sides made widespread changes for their cup clashes but the visitors' recent form is seriously concerning, even with their latest loss taken into account.
The Hornets have a dreadful record on the road; indeed, Watford have won just one of their last 10 matches away from home in all competitions and Mazzarri’s side have failed to find the net in four of their last five games on their travels.
Watford can be backed at 12/1 (13.0) with bet365 to buck the trend by picking up three points in north London, while the same firm go 11/2 (6.50) that Mazzarri’s charges settle for a share of the spoils against Wenger’s men.
Arsenal, however, have an excellent record on home soil; the Gunners have been beaten in just one of their last 16 home ties in the Premier League and, with that in mind, it is little wonder that bet365 make the north Londoners their 2/9 (1.22) favourites to take all three points from this tussle.
There have been more than two goals scored in 10 of the Gunners’ last 12 matches in all competitions and the odds compilers offer 8/15 (1.53) that the trend continues when these two teams lock horns, while the same firm go 10/11 (1.91) that Arsenal score more than two goals – a selection that would have seen punters profit from three of the north Londoners’ last five fixtures.
Better value, though, lies in backing Arsenal to win to nil when Mazzarri’s shot-shy Hornets travel to take on Wenger’s men. Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six wins and could be set for another victory given that Watford have managed just two goals in their last five away fixtures. With that in mind, the 10/11 (1.91) quote for the home side to win without conceding offers outstanding value ahead of Tuesday’s tussle.