Watford face a crucial test in their relegation battle in this, their final Premier League game of the season, a tricky trip away to face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.
A 4-0 defeat to Man City last time out left the Hornets falling into the bottom three, with interim coach Hayden Mullins have taken charge after the shock dismissal of Nigel Pearson, their third full-time manager this season.
That leaves plenty of scope for late drama, with Watford’s task simple: better Aston Villa’s result against West Ham and they stay up. Equal it or worse and they’re relegation. The dimension of goal difference adds an extra level of intrigue, with Villa one better with six more goals scored. If their relegation rivals also pick up three points, they can still stay up by bettering the scoreline by two goals or more - it’s in their hands.
But they face a tough task to turn their form around, having conceded seven and scored just one in back-to-back defeats to City and West Ham heading into this fixture.
As ever, they’ll likely be looking to talisman Troy Deeney, once again their top scorer this season with nine Premier League goals - four more than anyone else in the side. The striker, who has often played the role of antagonist against the Gunners in the past, is 7/4 to score anytime here and 6/1 to open the scoring.
Arsenal are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last time out, being brought back down to earth after two of the best results of Arteta’s short tenure to date, a 2-1 victory over champions Liverpool in the league followed by a 2-0 victory in the FA Cup over holders Man City.
We recommend backing Arsenal for a victory here as they look to end their season on a high. They’ve won five of their last six at The Emirates in the Premier League, while visitors Watford have lost five in a row on the road. A home win is available for a modest 10/11.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change