Friday evening at the London Stadium will see West Ham lock horns with fellow strugglers Watford, with an 8 pm kick off.
It goes without saying that this is a must win game for both sides. Winner takes all. Loser, could well find themselves on the cusp of being relegated down to the Championship.
The Hammers go into Friday’s crucial game on the back of a 4-0 victory against already relegated Norwich at the weekend. It was an afternoon to remember for striker Michail Antonio, who bagged all four goals on the day.
Watford, who are a place behind West Ham on goal difference by -6, will travel with confidence after consecutive victories in their last two games against Norwich 2-1 and Newcastle 2-1 at the weekend.
Before Hornets fans start getting too confident ahead of Friday’s game, take a look at their away record which isn’t good. Watford have slumped to four successive defeats on their travels, with defeats against Chelsea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Man. Utd.
More worryingly, however, is that they haven’t kept a clean sheet in those four games and not scored either.
West Ham have had mixed fortunes at home of late with two wins out of their last five home matches.
Aside from Norwich, Watford are currently the lowest scorers on the road, with just 11 goals scored.
In previous meetings between the sides it is West Ham who just have the edge with five victories to Watford’s four and two matches drawn.
When these sides met at Vicarage Road back in late August, West Ham beat Watford 3-1 thanks to a brace from Sebastien Haller.
Antonio, is clearly the player to watch on Friday. The West Ham striker looks back to his best having scored six goals in his last four appearances, and currently leads the West Ham scoring charts with eight.
Like the hosts, Watford have also struggled to score goals this season. Troy Deeney is the leading scorer for the Hornets with eight goals, including his recent double against Newcastle.
It will certainly be a nervy encounter for both sides on Friday. It is a game that neither side will want to lose and if one of them can get a win on the night, it will give them some breathing space down the bottom of the table.
It would also see either West Ham or Watford on the verge of safety for another season.
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