In the 36 round of Premier League fixtures this season, we’re turning our attention to East London, where West Ham host their most local relegation rivals in a battle to secure top flight safety for next season. An entertaining encounter looms.
We’ve taken a look at past meetings between these two teams and analysed the stats when coming up with our best betting tips for this match. We’ve also had a look at the teams’ form going into the final throes of an unusual Premier League season.
They might not be 100% safe yet, but West Ham will go into this match with confidence, having thrashed relegation certainties Norwich 4-0 away from home. The win against the Canaries was thanks to a solo masterclass from forward Michail Antonio, who bagged all 4 goals for the Hammers. Manager David Moyes will no doubt be delighted at having such a buoyant and in form striker going into the closing stages of a turbulent season. Prior to the win against Norwich, the Irons were in a very mixed run of form, as an impressive win against Chelsea was followed up by a draw against Newcastle and defeat against Burnley.
Watford got off to a woeful start when football finally returned last month, as they went 4 matches without a win, which included 3 straight defeats. Watford have turned things around in the last 2 games, having beaten Norwich and Newcastle at home to increase their chances of Premier League survival. Waterford go into this game level on points with their hosts, just 3 points above the drop zone, so loss on Friday night would leave the Hornets relying on Southampton taking points off Bournemouth on Sunday to help them maintain that little bit of daylight between them and the drop zone.
In the last 5 meetings between the sides, West Ham have the slight upper hand, having won 3 and lost 2 against the Hornets. The last 2 matches between these 2 meetings have ended in comfortable away wins for the Irons, however the last time they played Watford at home, they lost 2-0. There have been 5 goals in the last 5 games between West Ham and Watford, which is an average of 3 goals a game, however what’s more telling is that 9 of those 15 have come in the last meetings, with West Ham holding a 7-2 aggregate advantage.
Below, we’ve provided you with the a list of the last 5 results between West Ham and Watford as well as some statistical highlights from those matches. We’ve also considered both teams’ recent form when creating our betting tip for this one.
Based on the information above and recent from, we’re predicting a home win for the Hammers with both teams to get on the score sheet.
Both teams will be going into this match feeling confident, as recent results have seen them become the favourites for survival among the bottom 5. Having recently escaped the drop zone, both sides will be well up for this one, so we expect it to be an entertaining clash if nothing else.
Watford Captain Troy Deeney bagged a brace against Newcastle last time out and West Ham’s Michail Antonio grabbed 4 against Norwich, so we’ll be back these two to put on a show at either end this Friday night.
Despite Watford recent turn around, West Ham have had the more high profile and emphatic wins in their recent results, whereas Watford have grabbed narrow 2-1 victories in both of their last outings.
Our betting tip for this game is therefore a West Ham win + both teams to score which can be placed with Bet365 at odds of 4.75.