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As we sit and watch teams win promotion from the Championship to the English Premier League, we see players and coaches express joy at making it into arguably the best league in the world. Making into that elite group of teams is certainly reason for celebration but there is more to it than just celebrating a job well done. The amount of money that a team can earn in their time in the Premier League is astronomical, with increased gate receipts and TV revenues quickly making a bank account suddenly look very good indeed. The flipside of that is watching teams get relegated from the Premier League. That financial lifeline is unplugged, with teams forced to sell of their better players rather rapidly after they are relegated. Norwich are already done, and now there are teams trying to avoid those final 2 spots as we head into the final day of the season. Watford are in real trouble and need at least a point to jump ahead of Aston Villa and into safety. They are not going to have an easy time of it, though, as they will make the short trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal. Arsenal are favored by ½, with the goal total set at 3.
When: Sunday, July 27 at 11 AM EST
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
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Why bet on Arsenal
The Gunners are coming into this one on the heels of their biggest win of the season, a stunning 2-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final. With nothing left to play for in the league, they might well decide that it’s best to rest some of their players ahead of the cup final against Chelsea next week. Then again, they might also feel that letting Watford off the hook by fielding a lesser lineup might not be the way to go. What neutrals will be hoping for is that this one is as entertaining as their earlier meeting this season, when Watford and Arsenal played to a 2-2 draw. Prior to that one, Arsenal were on a run of 3 straight wins over Watford, outscoring them 6-0 in the process. At home this season, Arsenal is 9-6-3, scoring 33 and surrendering 22.
Why bet on Watford
An indication of just how quickly things can change on this league can be seen by looking at the games played 4 days ago. Watford lost 4-0 to Manchester City, while Aston Villa dropped Arsenal by a score of 1-0. The result of all that was that Villa went ahead of Watford on goal difference, while also crawling out of the bottom 3. Watford can stay safe with a tie of Aston Villa lose at West Ham, but this thing might well end up coming down to goal difference. The easiest path to survival is for Watford to beat Arsenal, but they have not done that for 4 straight games now. Watford have been brutal on the road this season, going 2-4-12, scoring just 12 goals, while surrendering 34.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This may well come down to the type of team that Arsenal chooses to field, so check the lineups before you place a wager on this one. If Arsenal plays their strongest players, they get the win.
Arsenal 2 Watford 1