Preview - Watford vs West Ham United 12 May 19

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Match Day 38
Watford vs. West Ham United
Sunday, May 12th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: L W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.49
Top Scorer: Gerard Deulofeu & Troy Deeney (9)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: L L D W W
Average goals per match: 1.30
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Felipe Anderson & Marco Arnautović (9)

Two of the most closely matched sides in the league on paper lock horns at Vicarage Road on Match Day 38 in the Premier League, as tenth placed Watford play host to eleventh placed West Ham United.

Nothing of too much consequence to play for in this one, but with only one point between the sides headed into the game, West Ham do know that a win in this one will see them finish in the top half of the table - which was surely a bare minimum requirement following the big summer overhaul.

Watford picked up the points in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium. The game here last season also resulted in a 2-0 success for the Hornets.

Domingos Quina and Sebastian Prödl miss out for Waford. West Ham will be without Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko and Andy Carroll.

Watford have won eight of eighteen overall at home but are without a win in their last three here. Much of their focus will now understandably be on the FA Cup Final, but they would still likely prefer to head into that game on a high.

Having lost seven and drawn one of their previous eight away games, West Ham finally stopped the rot when beating Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their most recent away fixture. Having backed that up with an impressive 3-0 success over Southampton at home, they will arrive here in good form

As the league table would suggest, this will likely be close and a score draw may be the most likely outcome.

Prediction: Watford 2 - 2 West Ham United


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 1 - 4
Shots:  17 - 16
Shots on target: 8 - 9
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 48% - 52%

Just two cards issued by referee Christopher Kavanagh in this one, both to the home side. Jose Holebas receiving a straight red card in the 48th minute and Etienne Capoue being booked.

West Ham struck first after 15 minutes. Nice interplay involving Mark Noble in the centre of the park, with the West Ham skipper then breaking to the edge of the area, beating his man and finishing into the bottom left. Lovely goal.

The second arrived in the 39th minute. Real bulldozing stuff from Michail Antonio on the edge of the area ending with a shot crashing off the crossbar. Manuel Lanzini was the man following in to head home the rebound. 0-2 at the break.

Just eleven second into the second half Watford pulled one back. Gerard Deulofeu latching on to a wayward back pass, dinking the ball around the keeper and finishing into the empty net.

Then came the sending off of Holebas for hauling down a clean through Antonio.

West Ham made it three with nineteen minutes to play. Pablo Zabaleta's cross from the right being met on the volley by Felipe Anderson. The Brazilian's effort struck the right upright, but Marko Arnautović was on hand to finish off the rebound.

Antonio was causing more chaos seven minutes later. This time being bundled over in the area by Kiko Femenia. Penalty kick. Mark Noble stepping up to fire into the bottom left. 1-4 final score.

A fairly significant result for West Ham this as it sees them finish in tenth spot, and so in the top half of the table. That's three places and ten points better off than they were last season. It will be interesting to see if they are as busy in the transfer market this summer as they were last.

Watford will likely be disappointed to slip down to eleventh in the end having been realistic contenders for seventh until the final month of the season. They do have the FA Cup Final to look forward to though.

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