2019-20 Premier League: Week 36 – West Ham United vs Watford

Date: Friday 17 July (8:00pm BST), Venue: London Stadium

West Ham United welcome Watford to the London Stadium in a blockbuster relegation six pointer on Friday Night Football.

A win for either team could all but guarantee Premier League survival, leaving the other club needing a win from their two remaining games to realistically stay up.

 

Team News

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Felipe Anderson could return for West Ham after missing their last four matches with a hamstring injury. 

Robert Snodgrass is nearing a return from a back injury but is unlikely to be risked until the Hammers’ final game of season, which could be a relegation decider against Aston Villa. 

Watford could be without last weekend’s double goalscorer, Troy Deeney due to a knee injury. 

Isaac Success (Achilles), Gerard Deulofeu and Daryl Janmaat (both knee) remain sidelined. 

 

Stat Attack

  • West Ham are unbeaten in four of their last seven meetings against Watford (W3, D1, L3). 
  • Watford are unbeaten in their last seven trips to West Ham in all competitions (W4, D1, L2). 
  • West Ham’s Mark Noble has scored three goals in his last two appearances against Watford, albeit with all three goals coming at Vicarage Road though. 
  • Across both teams, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Ben Foster of Watford are the only two players to have played every minute of every league game this season. 
  • Both teams have had two players sent off in 13 previous Premier League meetings. 

 

Prediction

This is as huge a six-pointer as they come this season in the Premier League because both teams have found their best foot in recent games, with West Ham demolishing Norwich last weekend whilst Watford came from behind to beat Newcastle. 

I therefore am expecting this to be a tight but competitive game and the first goal will be key, because if West Ham score early then I can see them pushing on and trying to get a second to prevent any repeat comeback from Watford. 

A draw ultimately though would be a decent result because this is difficult to call given the inconsistencies of both teams, especially West Ham who need a win otherwise they could find themselves in a final day relegation shootout against Aston Villa here. 

Prediction: West Ham United 1-1 Watford

Result: West Ham United 3-1 Watford

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