Tuesday’s Premier League double-header sees relegation rivals Watford and Aston Villa go up against Manchester City and Arsenal respectively.
It’s all to play for in the battle for survival as the final week of the Premier League season continues on Tuesday.
City to Bounce Back Against Hornets
Manchester City are already guaranteed second place and could be excused for taking their foot off the gas, but Pep Guardiola is not the type to allow his team to rest on their laurels and another win is expected.
The Citizens are also keen to build positive momentum ahead of returning to Champions League action against Real Madrid next month, with the English outfit leading 2-1 from the first leg.
After losing to Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final, City will be eager to bounce back and Watford are likely to feel their full wrath when they meet at Vicarage Road in the 18:00 kick-off.
Watford have parted company with manager Nigel Pearson since their last outing – a 3-1 loss at West Ham – and will be under the guidance of caretaker boss Hayden Mullins for the final two games of the season.
Pearson’s sacking on Sunday came as a huge surprise and the Hornets, who sit just one place and three points clear of the drop zone, face a major battle to retain their Premier League status.
Backing a City win to nil at
27/20* looks the way to go in this one when taking into account recent meetings between the two clubs.
City have kept clean sheets in each of their last two encounters with Watford across all competitions, while they have the joint-second best defensive record in the league.
It’s also worth noting Watford’s struggles in front of goal this term, having netted just 34 times in 36 outings.
Arsenal to Outgun Villa
Tuesday’s second offering from the Premier League comes in the shape of a clash between Aston Villa and Arsenal at 20:15.
Villa struggled to settle back into the rhythm of playing competitive football after the enforced break, picking up just two points from six games, but they have shown some fight over their last two outings when earning four points courtesy of a win against Crystal Palace and a draw at Everton.
However, backing Arsenal to win at
1/1 looks to be the sensible option as Mikel Arteta’s men attempt to stay in the race for a Europa League berth.
The Gunners picked up morale-boosting victories over Liverpool in the Premier League and then Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final last week, highlighting the improvement under Arteta.
Arsenal have won four of their last six league engagements, losing just once during that sequence, and will climb up to eighth, just two points shy of seventh-placed Tottenham, with another victory on Tuesday.
Arteta’s men have won the last seven meetings with Villa across all competitions and haven’t lost at Villa Park since a 3-2 defeat in December 1998.