Premier League Predictions: Liverpool set for derby glory, City to pile misery on Arsenal

The international break is over. Premier League football is back and what a weekend we have in store, starting with the Merseyside Derby on Saturday lunchtime and ending with a huge game at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

There are also crucial clashes at the bottom of the table, with Swansea hosting Middlesbrough on Sunday after Watford face struggling Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. It should be another thrilling weekend of action so read on for all our Gameweek 30 predictions…

Liverpool 3-2 Everton 

The Merseyside Derby is always a big occasion and that will be no different on Saturday. Liverpool need to win this to keep their top four hopes alive and should be able to edge past an Everton team who have only won one of their last five away games in the Premier League. The Toffees are unlikely to end their 18-year winless run at Anfield here.

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Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Premier League leaders Chelsea are ten points clear of the chasing pack. They face a Crystal Palace side who are looking to grind out results to ensure their survival. The Blues know what they need to do to win the league from here on it and Antonio Conte will expect nothing less than a win.

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Burnley 0-1 Tottenham 

Burnley have made Turf Moor a fortress this season. They have the fifth-best home record in the top flight but are facing a Spurs side that are still fighting for Champions League football. Tottenham haven’t been great away from home, winning just two of their last ten on the road in the Premier League but should be able to win by the odd goal here.

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Hull 2-2 West Ham 

Hull City come into this tie off the back of a 4-0 thumping before the international break. West Ham are going through a difficult patch so Hull will see this as a game they have to pick up points in. Unless The Tigers can put a string a positive results together they look set for the drop. Score draw.

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Leicester 3-0 Stoke

Leicester have been resurgent since Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri and the Foxes don’t look set to slow down here. They have won four in a row in all competitions and have rediscovered their goalscoring form. Stoke on the other hand can’t seem to score on the road, having failed to do so in their last three away games. Should be a routine home victory.

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Manchester United 2-0 West Brom 

Jose Mourinho knows his side have to win this game. West Brom shocked everyone before the international break with a stunning 3-1 win over Arsenal but a winning two on the bounce is a big ask. United are still pushing hard for a top four finish and they look capable of doing so.

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Watford 1-1 Sunderland 

This is a massive game for Sunderland if they are to keep their survival hopes intact. They need to start winning games to have any chance of pulling off another great escape but they haven’t scored in four games and are taking on a Watford side that have only lost one of their last five at home. It should be tense and we can’t see either side leaving with all three points.

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Southampton 3-1 Bournemouth 

Southampton host Bournemouth in a south-coast derby on Saturday evening and will be looking to keep their unbeaten home record against the Cherries going. Bournemouth have lost four of their last five away games but having been scoring goals. The Saints won the reverse fixture 3-1 and the same scoreline could well be on the cards here.

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Swansea 2-0 Middlesbrough 

This is a huge game at the bottom of the league. Swansea are working their way towards safety under the guidance of Paul Clement but there is still plenty of work to be done as they are just three points above the drop zone. Middlesbrough look destined for a return to the Championship unless they can turn their fortunes around. They’ve won the least amount of games in the league this season, just four.

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Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City 

The pressure is on Arsene Wenger to deliver in this one. His Arsenal side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and face a continually improving Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side are 12 points off the top and will be looking to keep chasing with a win here. They haven’t conceded in their last three away league outings.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea to extend lead at the top, Bournemouth’s woes to continue

The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week break for European and FA Cup commitments for a number of top flight clubs. Others have had two full weeks to recover and will hope some warm-weather training will help inspire them to three points this weekend.

Sunday will also see Manchester United and Southampton go head-to-head at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final. Arsenal and Manchester City will not be in action, as a result of Sunday’s final, but read on for all of our Gameweek 26 predictions…

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea face a Swansea side who have dramatically improved since the appointment of Paul Clement. The reverse fixture was filled with controversy as Chelsea felt hard-done by to not come away with all three points. They’ll be looking to make amends here and extend their lead at the top with both Manchester United and Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace in are in trouble. They need to get a positive result out of this one otherwise Middlesbrough will open the gap between themselves and the bottom three. A win for Sam Allardyce’s side could potentially take them up to 16th and could help to inspire them to get on a run. Middlesbrough know they have to avoid defeat to risk potentially being dragged into the relegation zone, so a draw looks likely.

Everton 3-1 Sunderland

Everton are on an eight game unbeaten run in the Premier League. They’re still in the mix for a European placed finish so have to fight hard to cause the sides above them problems. Sunderland’s so-called revival looks more like a one-game wonder as they were thumped 4-0 having dished out their own four-goal haul the game week before. This looks like a foregone conclusion but you can’t rule Sunderland out of scoring with Jermain Defoe leading the line.

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Hull 2-2 Burnley

Hull City look capable of staying up this season but they have to make their home form count. Burnley cannot buy a win on their travels and despite their commanding position over their opponents here it looks like that unwanted run will continue. Hull have managed to pick up seven points from the last 15 on offer, so a draw here wouldn’t be the worst result.

West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth

West Brom are unbeaten in four and looking as solid as usual ahead of what looks a very winnable fixture against a Bournemouth team that are seemingly in freefall. The Cherries have lost three in a row and conceded six in their most recent away game at Everton. Eddie Howe’s men are out of form but will hope they are clear enough of the bottom three to be fully dragged into a relegation scrap.

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Watford 2-2 West Ham

Both these sides have had two full weeks to prepare for what is a big game for both sets of players. Watford have only lost two of their last 11 at home and are a tough unit to break down, but West Ham have been playing with more belief of late and goals are to be expected in what should be an entertaining game.

Spurs 2-1 Stoke

This is a massive game for Tottenham after their disappointing midweek Europa League exit to Gent at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino knows his players need to bounce back straightaway, but the fact that his first-team played on Thursday night could play a major role in the outcome of the game. Stoke have been inconsistent all season but will fancy their chances after an extended break. They don’t do well in London though, having only won one of their last 20 trips to the capital…

EFL Cup Final – Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Jose Mourinho loves playing cup finals at Wembley. He’s only lost one of 11 finals during his managerial career and has his United team firing on all cylinders ahead of Sunday’s clash. It’s a huge game for the Saints, who have never won the League Cup in their history, but they are up against it and it’s tough to see any other outcome than a United win.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Watford FC

Venue: Anfield – Sunday, November 6 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 9/2 – Watford 10/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield for one of five Premier League fixtures on Sunday afternoon with both sides looking to maintain impressive starts to the season respectively.

The Reds are in fine form having suffered just one defeat in all competitions this season, which came way back in August in the second league game at Burnley.

Jurgen Klopp has firmly imprinted his philosophy on this Liverpool side now, with a high energy, intense, pressing style of play.

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With six wins out of their last seven league games, Liverpool will be confident of building on a great start to the campaign this weekend.

Watford arrive in Merseyside boasting a successful run of form themselves having lost just one of their last seven (W4, D2).

The Hornets edged past a resilient Hull side at Vicarage Road last weekend with a 1-0 win, keeping their third consecutive clean sheet in the process.

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Walter Mazzarri is doing a fine job and most Watford fans would’ve bitten your hand off if you’d said they would be seventh in the league with 15 points after ten games.

The previous meeting between these two sides saw Liverpool win 2-0 at Anfield in the penultimate game of last season.

Team News

Liverpool welcome James Milner back to the squad after he missed last weekend’s win at Crystal Palace with illness. There were also doubts over Emre Can and Giorgio Wijnaldum who felt unwell this week but should be fit for action. Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Watford could be without defender Sebastian Prodl who suffered a muscle injury last weekend, while Craig Cathcart (groin) and Isaac Success (muscle) are out. Stefano Okaka will have a late fitness test as he’s been struggling with a hamstring injury.

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Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/W/W

Watford’s last five: L/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: Watford have only ever won once at Anfield in 12 attempts in all competitions (D1, L0). That sole victory was a 1-0 Premier League success back in August 1999.

Key Player: Adam Lallana – The midfielder is establishing himself as a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp and has performed consistently. He may not boast an array of goals and assists but his efficiency in the engine room shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Watford – This could be a tight game and although the Reds don’t keep many clean sheets, home advantage combined with confidence of their recent form should be enough to see Liverpool edge it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Middlesbrough vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Middlesbrough vs. Watford

Venue: Riverside Stadium – Sunday, October 16 – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Middlesbrough 6/5 – Draw 11/5 – Watford 12/5

Match Preview

Middlesbrough welcome Watford to the Riverside on Sunday afternoon in a tie between two sides who will be desperate to pick up three points.

Boro are sitting in 16th, just two points above the bottom three. Although it is still early into the Premier League season, they will need to start picking up points consistently to put some distance between themselves and the relegation places.

The North-East club have had an inconsistent return to the league, they’ve won just once and have only picked up two points from their last five games.

Aitor Karanka’s side come into this one having drawn away at West Ham, a win in this one would do their confidence the world of good as normal service resumes after the international break.

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Watford have had a solid start to the season. However, their back-to-back wins against West Ham and United will soon quickly seem a long time ago if their winless run extends to three here.

Walter Mazzari’s side come into this one having drawn 2-2 with Bournemouth. A win here is a possible result and would take them to 11 points from eight games.

Watford could make their way into the top ten with a win and they have a great record against Boro coming into the tie as they’re undefeated in five.

The Hornets have been involved in some high scoring games of late, their last five games have produced 18 goals.

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Team News

Middlesbrough have three injury concerns heading into this one as Grant Leadbitter, James Husband and Fabio are all expected to miss out.

Watford could be without as many as six ahead of this one as Jerome Sinclair, Stefano Okaka and Daryl Janmaat are all expected to be out, while Craig Cathcart, Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami are all doubts.

Key Points

Middlesbrough’s last five: D/L/L/L/D

Watford’s last five: L/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Watford are unbeaten in their last five games against Middlesbrough in all competitions.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Watford forward has netted three times this season. He will be looking to add to his tally this weekend and get on a strong run of form.

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Score Prediction

Middlesbrough 1-2 Watford – Another high-scoring game for Watford where they take all three points away from home. Middlesbrough will cause most of their opponents problems at home this season but as Watford have already proved in their opening seven games, they’re capable of winning on the road.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Burnley  vs. Watford

Venue: Turf Moor – Monday, September 26 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 19/10 – Draw 11/5 – Watford 6/4

Match Preview

Burnley welcome Watford to Turf Moor on Monday evening in a history making tie, the first ever top flight meeting between these sides.

The Clarets have had a mixed bag of results in their opening five games and are sitting 16th in the table, they will be looking to get as many points on the board as early as possible to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.

Sean Dyche will be demanding more from his players even at this early stage. Their one win was a surprise result and it is these sort of games at home where they have to be looking to pick up points.

Burnley come into this one off the back of their 3-0 loss to Leicester, their second 3-0 loss of the season, goal difference can mean a lot not only for the standings, but also confidence. They have to tighten up at the back.

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Watford will still be on cloud nine after their stunning 3-1 over United last weekend, they’ll be relishing this game and will feel like they can take on anyone at the moment.

However, it is important they’re not over-confident heading into this tie. It has been a good start to the season for Walter Mazzarri’s side but they have work to do to continue to build.

Watford have a poor record away at Burnley, they have not won in their last eight attempts, losing four and drawing four.

The Hornets have scored three or more goals in consecutive games in the Premier League for the first time. They now sit 9th and will be working towards remaining in the top ten for as long as possible.

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Team News

Burnley have just the one injury concern ahead of this tie as Ashley Barnes is expected to be out.

Watford are expecting to be without Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka, while there are some concerns over the fitness of Jerome Sinclair, Younes Kaboul and Jose Holebas.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: L/W/L/D/L

Watford’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Key Stat: This is the first ever top flight meeting between these two sides.

Key Player: Etienne Capoue – The Watford midfielder is in spectacular form. He has already netted four goals, the joint third highest total in the early stages of the Premier League season and as many as Burnley have managed altogether.

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Score Prediction

Burnley 0-2 Watford – Burnley’s winless run to extend to four games. Although they have looked bright in stages this season they have scored just four goals in their five league games. Watford will be full of confidence and have too much firepower for Burnley.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC Vs. Manchester United

Venue: Vicarage Road – Sunday, Septemer 18 – 12:00 BST (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 5/1 – Draw 3/1 – Manchester United 8/15

Match Preview

Watford welcome Manchester United to Vicarage Road in the first game of an action packed round of Premier League fixtures this Sunday.

The Hornets picked up their first win of the season last weekend as they came from 2-0 down to beat West Ham 4-2.

Walter Mazzarri will be delighted with how his side responded in that tie, they could have easily let their heads drop and been on the receiving end of a thumping.

This is going to be a tough tie for Watford but they will be looking to exploit Manchester United’s defence, who have looked suspect at times this season.

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Manchester United come into this tie having lost in the Manchester Derby and Europa League in midweek, two results they would not have expected.

The response from United in the derby last weekend was positive. Despite not taking anything from the game they looked likely to be pushed back into an embarrassing defeat for large parts of the first half.

Jose Mourinho needs his side to bounce back with a convincing win here to avoid risking more criticism, United have been bemoaned for a lack of quality by many pundits and fans alike already this season.

United need their big-name players to step up and perform. They are giving opponents far too many opportunities in games at the moment, but it is going to take time for all their summer changes to fall into place.

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Team News

Brice Dja Djedje is Watford’s only injury concern ahead of this tie.

Manchester United have two doubts for this one as Luke Shaw and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have knocks, while Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia will return to the squad after being left at home for their Europa League tie.

Key Points

Watford’s form: D/L/L/W  

Manchester United’s form: W/W/W/L

Key Stat: Manchester United have won their last eight matches against Watford in all competitions.

Key Player: Marcus Rashford – The United starlet would have given the City defence more of a headache last weekend had he not been on the bench to begin with. He may not start in this one but he certainly has the class to make an impact in any game.

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Score Prediction 

Watford 1-3 Manchester United – Watford’s winless run against Manchester United to continue. They definitely have the players and ability to get at the United defence, but with the squad depth and world-class players at Mourinho’s disposal, they should be winning this game. If United lose this tie and results go against them, they could be as many as six points behind the leaders.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Watford

Competition: FA Cup: Quarter-Final – Arsenal vs. Watford

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, March 13 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 1/2 – Draw 100/30 – Watford 5/1

Match Preview

FA Cup holders Arsenal host Watford at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they continue the defence of their title by seeking a return to Wembley for the third successive season.

The Gunners booked their place in this quarter-final tie after a comprehensive display in the fifth round replay away at Hull City in midweek as they thrashed the Championship outfit 4-0.

Arsene Wenger’s side consequently ended a run of five straight games without a win in all competitions, which included a goalless draw with Hull at home that forced the replay.

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Arsenal came from 2-1 behind to snatch a draw in the North London derby with Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League last weekend, despite only having ten men, so they’ll be hoping they’ve turned a corner, following that poor run of results.

Watford edged a 1-0 victory at home to Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round three weeks ago, but haven’t managed a win in any of their three Premier League games since then, failing to score in any of them.

A goalless draw with Bournemouth and 1-0 defeats to Manchester United and Leiecester are a minor blip in what has otherwise been an excellent season for the Hornets.

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Quique Sanchez Flores has steered his side to within three points of the 40-point mark, which is regarded as the amount required to guarantee Premier League safety, meaning they can focus on this tie without being concerned over a relegation battle.

The last meeting between these two sides saw Arsenal run out as comfortable 3-0 winners in a Premier League clash at Vicarage Road back in October.

Team News

Arsenal defenders Per Mertesacker (head) and Gabriel (muscular) both went off injured in midweek but should be passed fit to play. Aaron Ramsey (muscular) also limped off and may not be risked. Laurent Koscielny (calf) is almost back to full fitness but Sunday’s game could come too soon. Petr Cech (calf), Santi Cazorla (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Tomas Rosicky (thigh) and Carl Jenkinson (knee) all remain out.

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Watford defenders Miguel Britos (hamstring), Craig Cathcart (knock) and Joel Ekstrand (fitness) are all doubts for this one, while midfielder Jurado (calf) is also yet to recover from injury.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: L/L/L/D/W

Watford’s last five in all competitions: W/W/D/L/L

Key Stat: Arsenal haven’t lost to Watford since April 1988 – the Gunners have since won all six meetings between the two sides, scoring 16 and conceding five goals in the process.

Key Player: Joel Campbell – The Costa Rican was instrumental in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Hull in midweek, so he’ll be hoping he’s done enough to earn a starting berth for this quarter-final tie. You get the feeling that Campbell could have a big future with the Gunners and he could be the difference on Sunday.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Watford – This should be a very tight game. Quique Sanchez Flores has drilled his Watford team to be very organised defensively, so it won’t be easy for the Gunners to break them down and they’ve also got an offensive threat in Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. However, Arsenal’s win over Hull will have given them a big boost and they’ll be desperate to keep their hopes alive of becoming the first team to win three successive FA Cup’s since 1886.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC Vs. Leicester City FC

Venue: Vicarage Road – Saturday, March 5 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 2/1 – Draw 23/10 – Leicester City 7/5

Match Preview

Watford host Premier League leaders Leicester City on Saturday evening, in a crucial fixture for the visitors at the top of the table.

Leicester could be behind Tottenham by the time this one kicks off, so the Foxes will be looking for all three points in what looks a tough game.

Watford have struggled in recent weeks, having picked up just one league win in their last five, and have fallen out of the top half as a result. But they are a tough side to break down and are only three points from getting back into the top ten, which is testament to how solid they’ve been this season.

Quique Sanchez Flores’s side come into this one off the back of the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday night. They were unlucky to lose that match late on but home comforts will increase their chances of success this time around.

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Striking duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have mustered up just one goal at home since the turn of the year. So they need to find their feet if Watford are to recapture their form during the final stretch of the campaign.

Leicester City played out a 2-2 draw with West Brom on Tuesday night, which at the time didn’t seem great, but results on Wednesday suggest the point was certainly a valuable one, as their title rivals failed to deliver. Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City all lost and so the Foxes remain at the top of the table heading into the weekend.

Leicester are able to solely focus on the league as they are out of the FA Cup and have no European commitments. They have five more games to play away from home, with tricky trips to Chelsea and Manchester United still to come.

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They do, however, have the best away record in the top flight and will hope to keep that intact with three points on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy is still the league’s top scorer and would love to find the net against Watford again just as in did in the corresponding fixture, which saw the Foxes win 2-1 at the King Power Stadium in November.

Team News

Watford look set to be without Jose Manuel Jurado, Joel Ekstrand and Tommy Hoban as all three are injured. Nathan Ake will hope to return at left-back after missing the defeat at United on Wednesday.

Leicester City will continue to be without key midfielder N’Golo Kante, who suffered a hamstring injury against Arsenal three weeks ago. Andy King is expected to deputise as he did against West Brom. Matty James is also out. Shinji Okazaki will hope to start ahead of Leonardo Ulloa once more.

Key Points

Watford’s last five:  D/L/W/D/L

Leicester City’s last five: W/W/L/W/D

Key Stat: Watford have only lost at home to Leicester once in seven games at Vicarage Road.

Key Player: Troy Deeney – The Hornets captain will be out to inflict damage on a title-chasing Leicester side here. He scored the vital goal in the incredible 2013 playoff semifinal clash between the two and would love to be the man to hurt the Foxes again. Deeney could even get himself into the England national team picture with Wayne Rooney injured.

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Score Prediction 

Watford 1-1 Leicester City – This will be a tough game for title-chasing Leicester as Watford are a tough nut to crack and often shut out opponents very well. The Foxes might need a moment of magic to seal three points but it’s too tight to call, so a score draw is the most likely result.

Arsenal looking to beat United and Chelsea to £20m Prem striker – report

Arsenal are looking to bolster their attack this summer and are hoping to lure Watford striker Odion Ighalo to the Emirates if they can beat off competition from Premier League rivals.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly looking to bolster his frontline in the coming months but does not necessarily want to make a ‘superstar’ signing, although Ighalo could cost up to £20 million, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 26-year-old Nigerian striker has been a real success following Watford’s return to the top flight, scoring 14 goals in a fine campaign so far.

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That form has turned heads across Europe, with reports suggesting Manchester United, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are also keeping tabs on the powerful frontman.

Arsenal currently have three options in attack, with Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud all able to lead the Gunners’ attack.

Giroud is currently Wenger’s first-choice but Ighalo has netted two more league goals than the Frenchman this term and could be a surprisingly good addition to the Arsenal squad.

Table: A comparison of Olivier Giroud and Odion Ighalo's key statistics from the 2015/16 Premier League season (via WhoScored.com)

Table: A comparison of Olivier Giroud and Odion Ighalo’s key statistics from the 2015/16 Premier League season (via WhoScored.com)

As the table above shows, Ighalo has registered more shots than Giroud, while also boasting a better strike conversion rate this season.

The Frenchman may have one more assist, but it’s the Watford star who has made more key passes than his fellow Premier League attacker, while also proving to be better when passing to teammates.

Ighalo has four years left on his current Watford contract but the Hornets would reportedly be willing to accept an offer of around £20 million this summer.

Would Odion Ighalo be a good signing for Arsenal?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Watford vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Watford FC vs. Chelsea FC

Venue: Vicarage Road – Wednesday, February 3 – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Watford 3/1 – Draw 9/4 – Chelsea 1/1

Match Preview

Watford host Chelsea in an intriguing Premier League clash on Wednesday night, with the London rivals separated by just five points going into the midweek matches.

The Hornets ended a four-game losing run by beating Newcastle 2-1 last time out, and followed that win up with a 1-0 FA Cup win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Watford have only scored four in their last five league games and will need Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney to pick back up again if they are to try and achieve a top half finish.

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Chelsea will arrive at Vicarage Road in high spirits as they extended their unbeaten run to nine games. Guus Hiddink has not lost a game since taking over and has the Blues looking better.

They beat MK Dons 5-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday and look to be on the rise again after an appalling first half of the season.

A top four finish looks to be out of the question but Chelsea know they need to win as many matches as possible to try and end the campaign on a high.

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John Terry will be leaving at the end of the season and the Blues captain is certain to rally the side each week as he will look to savour every last moment in a Chelsea shirt.

The reverse fixture ended 2-2 at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and this one looks likely to contain more goals as both sides will look to attack from the off.

Team News

Watford have no new injury worries coming into this one. Lloyd Doyley is the only player out injured and so Quique Sanchez Flores will be able to pick what he thinks is the strongest possible side to go out and beat Chelsea for this one.

Chelsea will be sweating over the fitness of Willian, as the winger is a doubt with a foot injury. Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are both likely to remain out so Diego Costa will need to lead the attack effectively once again. John Obi Mikel is likely to remain in the side after impressing since Hiddink took control.

Key Points

Watford’s last five: L/L/L/L/W

Chelsea’s last five: D/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: Chelsea have not lost since Guus Hiddink took control of the first-team in December, going unbeaten through nine straight games.

Key Player: Oscar – The Brazilian playmaker scored a first-half hat-trick for Chelsea in their 5-1 win at MK Dons on Sunday and will hope to make another impressive impact here.

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Score Prediction

Watford 1-2 Chelsea – This looks set to be another entertaining clash between two clubs who are looking to climb the table. Chelsea look strong again and will be tough to beat. Guus Hiddink has turned the club’s fortunes around and will likely oversee another victory in this one.