Vicarage Road - Premier League
Watford host West Ham at Vicarage Road on the final day of the Premier League season, with the Hornets looking ahead to next weekend’s FA Cup final. Before that though, the winner of this match will finish in the top half of the Premier League table.
Watford won 2-0 at the London Stadium earlier this season, while both teams won their home matches last season by the same scoreline. West Ham have only won one of the last five meetings between the sides, with the Hornets claiming the spoils on three occasions.
Miguel Britos and Etienne Capoue are both expected to be fit for this match, as the duo look to earn their place in Watford’s starting line-up at Wembley next week. Sebastian Prodl and Domingos Quina won’t make either match though due to injury.
Felipe Anderson and Declan Rice should both come back into the visitors’ team, after a bout of illness kept them out last weekend. Aaron Cresswell and Samir Nasri should both be okay after injuries too, but Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko are out.
Watford v West Ham United Preview and Predictions
When you’ve got an FA Cup final to prepare for against one of the best teams English football has seen, you don’t want to go into it without a win in four games. That’s exactly what Watford will be doing if they fail to beat West Ham on Sunday, while the visitors are looking to leapfrog their hosts and finish in the top half.
Watford’s form has tailed off dramatically in recent weeks, with Javi Gracia’s side only winning once since securing their place in the cup final in early April. Even that was against bottom club Huddersfield Town, while the Hornets have drawn against Southampton and lost to Wolves in their last two home matches.
West Ham meanwhile come into this game on the back of victories over Southampton and Tottenham, so they’ve hit some form with the pressure off. They may start a point behind their hosts, but the visitors are in better shape than Watford right now, with the away win priced at 11/5 in the betting.
The Hornets start as the 5/4 favourites though, as they look for their first home win in four. Seventh place in the league has gone, and there’s a chance Watford eyes could be a little off the ball this weekend. That could potentially lead to a draw in this fixture, which is priced at 29/10.
Score draw at 7/2
Only a single point separates these sides after 37 games, and this could be a close game. West Ham are in better form, but Watford have home advantage.
Gerard Deulofeu to score first at 15/2
With eight goals in his last 12 games, the Spanish forward has been excellent in recent weeks, and is enjoying himself in a more central role.