Watford v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

15 April 2019 06:49
Premier League updates from the 8pm BST game at Vicarage RoadTen talking points from the weekend’s Premier League actionAnd you can send Simon an email or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.49pm BST Javi Gracia has a pre-match chat. He says his team will start with a back three, which is a significant departure for him:With the players we have we can change shape during the game. It depends on different circumstances. [Emery] came to see us many times but I think it’s not the most important to know each other. The most important is what is happening on the pitch and at this moment the main protagonists are the players. I think we’ll see a good game and I hope we’ll have a good result at the end for us. 7.46pm BST I think the absence of both Pereyra and Deulofeu is very significant for Watford. The Argentinian has been in mediocre form for much of the season, but either of those players can conjure a goal at any moment, and without them their attack is rather prosaic. 7.37pm BST Here’s the Press Association’s team-news-based update:Arsenal made six changes for their Premier League clash at Watford as Konstantinos Mavropanos made his first start since May. The Gunners face Napoli in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final and travel to Italy defending a 2-0 lead. 7.34pm BST Moody sunset photograph of the day: 7.15pm BST Good stat from Bill Edgar in the Times this morning: if Watford do not beat Arsenal tonight it will ensure that this will be the first top-flight case of three seasons in a row with the same teams filling the top six places (in any order). 7.08pm BST Six changes for Arsenal, including Bernd Leno in goal. Ozil and Lacazette both drop to the bench.Watford are also much-changed: Adam Masina comes in at left-back, Christian Kabasele is at centre-back, and neither Roberto Pereyra or Gerard Deulofeu are fit. 7.04pm BST These are today’s teams:Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina, Femenia, Capoue, Doucoure, Hughes, Deeney, Gray. Subs: Gomes, Britos, Mariappa, Success, Sema, Chalobah, Navarro. Arsenal: Leno, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Monreal, Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Elneny, Lacazette, Ozil, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Kolasinac. Referee: Craig Pawson. TEAM NEWS 4? changes from our last line-up.? Foster, Kabasele, Janmaat, Masina? Gomes, Mariappa, Holebas, Pereyra#WATARS pic.twitter.com/d6QhEceUsA Tonight's team news. Granit Xhaka returns? @DMavropanos starts?? @Aubameyang7 leads the line#WATARS 4.51pm BST Watford won this fixture last year, a riproaring 2-1 victory sealed by Tom Cleverley’s stoppage-time strike which prompted Troy Deeney, scorer of his side’s other goal that night, to deliver his sermon about Arsenal and their issue with “cojones”. So the Gunners will be wanting to make amends for that.Arsenal won their home game against Watford in September, two goals in three late minutes bringing them a 2-0 victory. They only had two shots on target that day (Watford had five) and most observers declared that the visitors should have won it. So the Hornets will be wanting to make amends for that. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian