West Ham United will host Premier league side Watford at London Stadium on Friday evening.
The Hammers will be hoping they can continue their impressive form, after dismantling relegated side Norwich City, in a four goal thriller. Michail Antonio became the hero of the day after scoring all the four goals and the result confirmed Norwich City’s relegation while it helped the Hammers to climb up the table.
With West Ham being on the same point with the Clarets while they are also just three points above Bournemouth who are in 18th position, another good result against Watford would give the Hammers the hope and points needed to avoid being relegated.
David Moyes’ side will need to bring their ‘A’ game in their remaining fixtures. After the match against Watford, they’ll face Manchester United and their last fixture will be against another relegation battling side Aston Villa on July 26.
According to 2019/2020 Premier league record, David Moyes’ side has the 3rd worst home record in the league thus far, while Watford has the 3rd worst away record so far. Their devastating home and away record makes this fixture a very dicey one.
Both sides definitely knows how important getting the maximum three points will be for their Premier league future.
Considering Watford’s poor form after the league restarted, succumbing to three loses on a bounce, Nigel Pearson’s side have now turned the corner with two wins in their last two matches against Norwich City and Newcastle United.
Winning 2-1 in their last two matches shows that Nigel Pearson’s side have been able to grind out result in a determined fashion, which actually shows their willpower, as to avoid relegation.
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West Ham last five matches: (L-W-D-L-W).
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The Hammers have an healthy team to call upon against Watford save Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass who are to face late fitness tests before their encounter.
Considering Antonio’s form, he looks certain to lead the front line while Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko will be hoping to also be named in the starting eleven.
Deeney suffered a slight knee injury and had to be substituted in the latter period against Newcastle. Though the injury didn’t look too serious but he had to be brought out as a precaution. The Clarets captain look likely to be in contention to start against West Ham if everything goes well.
It has been reported that Isaac Success, Gerard Deulofeu and Daryl Janmaat are still not available for selection.
West Ham: Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice; Fornals, Noble, Bowen; Antonio
Watford: Foster; Kiko, Kabasele, Dawson, Masina; Capoue, Hughes; Sarr, Doukoure, Welbeck; Deeney
West Ham 2 – 3 Watford