English Premier League
Kick Off: Sunday, 12 May at 7.30 PM IST
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Free English Premier League Picks Watford vs. West Ham
Watford welcome West Ham at the Vicarage road on Sunday in their last match of Premier League this season. The Hornets are on the verge of doing their first double over West Ham. Javi Garcia’s side still have a FA Cup final to play against Manchester City. The Hammers will be confident after winning back to back games against Spurs (1-0) and Southampton (3-0). West Ham won their first Premier League away game against Watford (2-1 in March 2000) but are winless in their subsequent four top-flight games against them at Vicarage Road (D2 L2). Watford are just one point ahead of the Hammers on 10th position.
Watford were in race for finishing on seventh position but consecutive defeats against Wolves (1-2) and Chelsea (3-0) has now forced them to fight for staying in the top half of the table. Watford have conceded in each of their last 11 Premier League games, the longest current run without a clean sheet in the competition. Victory for Watford will guarantee them their first top-half finish in a top-flight campaign since they finished ninth in 1986-87 – this shows how good Watford have been under Javi Garcia. The Hornets will be mindful of West Ham who have always been an unpredictable opponents. Watford could look to priorities the FA Cup final over the fixture on Sunday – which would mean key players being rested. The Hornets manager will be concerned about his side’s inconsistency recent games – winning only one from their 5 previous matches (D1, L3). Watford are boosted with the arrival of Etienne Capoue whose recovered from groin injury. Miguel Britons is expected to play at the back – having missed out last time.
West Ham’s Jack Wilshere is fit to start for the first time since September after recovering from ankle problems to the former Gunners player. Victory against fellow Londoners – Tottenham would have created a positive vibe in the dressing room to finish the season on a high. Manuel Pellegrini started the season poorly but his side can still find a place in the top half of the table with three consecutive victories – they last won three in a row while keeping a clean sheet in each in February 2014 under Sam Allardyce. West Ham’s were 13th last season and a place in the top half will be considered a good season. Watford’s defensive woes could be exploited by Marko Arnautovic – who’s key to the Hammers chances. Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson are available for selection after missing training. Midfielder Robert Snodgrass could return to the starting lineup having finished serving one-match suspension.
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No Watford player has been involved in more home Premier League goals this season than Andre Gray (7; 5 goals, 2 assists). Indeed, he’s had a hand in six goals in his last six league games at Vicarage Road for the Hornets.
Marko Arnautovic bagged a brace in his last Premier League game to take his tally to nine for the season. If he scores here he’ll be the first West Ham player to reach double figures in consecutive Premier League campaigns since Carlton Cole in 2008-09/2009-10.
West Ham’s Michail Antonio has scored more league goals against Watford than he has against any other side in his career (6).
West Ham have only won one of their last nine Premier League away games (D1 L7), though it was last time out against Tottenham.
Watford 2 – 2 West Ham