Preview - West Ham vs Watford Feb 10 2018

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Match Day 27
West Ham United vs. Watford
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: L D D W D
Average goals per match: 1.2
Average goals against per match: 1.8
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic and Chicarito(6)

Watford:
Last five matches form: W D L D L
Average goals per match: 1.4
Average goals against per match: 1.7
Top Scorer: Abdoulaye Doucoré (7)
 
12th plays 11th in a London derby this weekend as Watford visit the London Stadium for a clash with West Ham United. The ambitions of these sides likely extends no further than maintaining their Premier League status this term, but they each have work to do yet and will be keen to distance themselves further from the chasing pack here.

West Ham's injury list isn't quite as bad as it was, but still doesn't make for pretty reading. The absence of Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Mario Lanzini has robbed this side of a significant amount of its threat in front of goal, meaning the pressure is therefore firmly on Chicarito to grab the goals, and whilst he did score a cracker last week at Brighton, the Mexican has struggled for consistency overall.

Watford aren't exactly injury free themselves, but they are missing more squad type players rather than key members of the starting 11. The side also seems to be adapting well to the style of new manager Javier Gracia, and may be boosted by the addition of new signing Didier Ndong to the side here.

This looks like being tight, but with Watford arriving on the back of a confidence boosting 4-1 victory over Chelsea last week, and not being as badly affected in terms of injuries to key players as the home side, we can see the Hornets just sneaking this.

Prediction: West Ham United 0-1 Watford

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots: 8 -11
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks:  8 - 7
Possession: 36% - 64%

Just one booking apiece here, with Pablo Zabletta seeing yellow for the home side and Sebastian Proedl doing likewise for the frustrated visitors.

There wont be too many matches this season where the away side manages to control 64% of position and still come out on the wrong end of a 2-0 beating, but that is exactly what the Hornets managed to achieve at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

For all that they enjoyed relatively little possession, the Hammers did manage to just about match their opponents in terms of efforts on goal, with each side recording four shots on target.

It was West Ham's front line who secured the crucial first goal as Michail Antonio's centre was nodded home by Chicarito in the 37th minute. That certainly lifted the mood of the home fans headed into the break, and it was a lead which West Ham would not relinquish.

In truth West Ham started the better of the two sides in the second period, only for Watford to slowly wrest back control of the ball. Any hope the visitors had of getting back into the game was all but extinguished in the 78th minute though as Marko Arnautovic swept home an Aaron Cresswell cross.

Watford had the remainder of the chances in the game bit were unable to set up what would have been a grand stand finish. West Ham's two goal cushion was maintained as David Moyes men held firm for a crucial three points.

The Hammers now sit level with Watford, with the pairs tally of 30 points seeing them sit five points clear of the bottom three.

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