West Ham play host to the newly promoted Watford at the Boleyn Ground in their mid-week Premier League fixture on Wednesday night, 20th of April 2016, scheduled to kick-off at 19:45 GMT.
The Hammers held league leaders Leicester City to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. This recorded their fourth consecutive draw in the league, which put them off from finishing inside the top four.
Watford earned a well fought 1-0 draw at West Brom on Saturday putting an end to their 6 match win-less run. They Hornets are currently twelfth in the Premier League table any position above it will be a great achievement for this team in their first season after promotion to England’s top tier footballing league.
- West Ham have drawn in all of their last 4 matches in Premier League and are unbeaten in their last 8, since their 1-0 loss to Southampton on 6th February 2016.
- The last 5 matches of West Ham have seen over 3.5 goals and they have scored at least 2 goals in each of them.
- The Hammers are unbeaten at home in their last 14 league matches this season, since their 3-4 defeat to Bournemouth on 22nd August 2015.
- Watford’s 1-0 away win at West Brom is their first in 7 league matches. Their form in previous six matches read 2 draws and 4 defeats.
- Their recent away form in the last 8 matches read 2 wins, 5 defeats and 1 draw. They have failed to score in 5 of their last 7 away matches.
West Ham: Team News
West Ham has the luxury of a fully fit squad when welcoming Watford to the Boleyn Ground.
Sam Byram has recovered from his injury and found a place in the bench at Leicester City and he is likely to start here as Slaven Bilic look to rotate the squad due to the tight scheduled fixtures.
Antonio could play in the attack in place of Emmenike and Andy Caroll is the very likely striker.
West Ham: Expected Starting Eleven (4-2-3-1 formation)
Byram, Reid, Obnonna, Cresswell
Payet, Lanzini, Antonio
Watford: Team News
Joel Ekstrand is the only player missing for Quique Sánchez Flores and he is very likely to stay with the team that broke their bad run of form against West Brom in the weekend.
Watford: Expected Starting Eleven (4-4-2 formation)
Ake, Britos, Prodl, Nyom
Jurado, Watson, Capoue, Guédioura
West Ham vs Watford: Head-to-Head Stats
- Watford have won in 4 of the last 6 league meetings with West Ham, with 1 draw and a defeat.
- Five of the last six meetings between the sides have seen under 2.5 goals.
- West Ham have failed to core in 4 of their last 6 matches against Watford.
- West Ham last played hosts to Watford in the 2012/13 season of The Football League Championship, in a match that end in 1-1.
- Watford haven’t lost to West Ham in their last three visits to Boleyn Ground and the record reads 2 wins and a draw.
West Ham vs Watford: Prediction
West Ham will be desperate for win after dropping points in the last four matches. They don’t have any chances of finishing inside top four and can play without any added pressure.
Watford on the other hand have nothing to play for and have already achieved a respectable position in the league table. Just like their opponents, they won’t have any pressure for a result and a good team performance will be only thing on their mind on Wednesday evening.
On current form West Ham are favourites to win this one and I think they have done extremely well in their previous two matches against the likes of Arsenal and Leicester. Watford offer them much little threat and they must win this won quite comfortable.
A safe bet for this match will be West Ham to score 2 or more goals. I wouldn’t back West Ham to win this to nil, as they have conceded 9 goals in their last four matches.
My score prediction for this match is West Ham 3-1 Watford.