Saturday’s late kick-off sees West Ham travel to Vicarage Road to face Watford in a mid-table clash. Watford, with 30 points, sit in thirteenth place whilst West Ham are tenth, with two points more than their opponents. A win here then could help either side go on to cement a top-half finish.
The game comes after a two-week break for both sides, and so we expect the teams to be well-rested and well-drilled in what will be a competitive and tight match.
Watford come into this game in decent form. They have had a few difficult fixtures recently. An away win at Arsenal will undoubtedly be a highlight of the Hornets’ season, and they followed this with a win against Burnley at home.
They then travelled to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and were beaten 2-0, although, they were unlucky not to grab a goal or two, after playing quite well.
West Ham meanwhile come into this game in more mixed form. A 4-0 loss to Manchester City at the London Stadium looked like a damaging result for the Hammer’s, but they bounced back away at Southampton, beating the Saints’ 3-1. Most recently they drew against West Brom;
Most recently they drew against West Brom, however, they will be kicking themselves for not seeing out the game as they conceded in injury time and quickly saw three points turn into one.
Watford predicted starting XI West Ham predicted starting XI
Injuries and suspensions
Watford will be without Roberto Pereyra, who may be out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Juan Zuniga and Nordin Amrabat are likely to return to fitness having had a spell on the sidelines.
West Ham, meanwhile, have been blighted by injury. Andy Carroll will most probably start on the bench having struggled recently with a groin strain. Havard Nordtveit also remains a doubt with a heel injury as well as long-term sufferer Angelo Ogbonna, who recently had an operation to tackle a knee injury.
In what promises to be a close encounter, Watford should come out as the winner here. West Ham have featured in several high-scoring games recently and we expect that trend to continue. Watford have looked good going forward and should do enough against a West ham side suffering heavily with injuries.
Watford 2-1 West Ham
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