West Ham v Watford Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 18, 2018
London Stadium - Premier League
In form West Ham play host to Watford this weekend, with Mauricio Pellegrini's side winning their last four Premier League games.
Both sides won the home leg of their Premier League meetings in 2017-18 by a 2-0 score line, and the last time Watford won away at West Ham was back in 2016.
Pellegrini will wait on a late fitness test on Lucas Perez, before naming his team, with the Spaniard struggling with a foot injury. However Carlos Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredricks, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko are all ruled out until 2019.
Watford welcome back midfielder Etienne Capoue after he completed a three game suspension, however there is no fresh updates in injury news, with Daryl Janmaat, Andre Gray, Will Hughes and Sebastien Prodl all sidelined until the new year.
West Ham v Watford Predictions and Preview
The Hammers are on a roll, with their attacking style seeing off Newcastle, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham in recent weeks, as Pellegrini eyes a run to the Europa League qualifying spots before the end of the season.
Even without a host of players due to injury, West Ham are one of the most in form sides in the league, and they will want to keep pushing on.
Watford picked up their first win in seven Premier League games, with a 3-2 victory over Cardiff last weekend, and manager Javi Gracia will be hoping that a corner has been turned.
The home side's form firmly places them as favourites, and despite Watford's morale boosting win, West Ham should have just a bit too much for them - with a home win at 13/10.
Despite winning games of late, West Ham have struggled to keep goals out, with just two clean sheets in their last nine games, and Watford, who have scored five goals in their last four games will look to capitalise on that. With that in mind, a BTTS bet comes in at 4/6.
West Ham to win 2-1 at 9/1
Another win for West Ham would be the first time they have achieved a run of five successive wins in the Premier League since 2006, and Pellegrini firmly believes in what he is doing at the club, and if they can keep this form going they will be in the Europa League conversation later in the season.
Felipe Anderson to score first at 8/1
Anderson is bang in form at the moment, with five goals in his last seven appearances,as the Brazilian looks to soften the blow of Arnautovic and Perez being sidelined through injury. His pace and direct running will cause real problems for Watford, if do not find a way to deal with him.