Can West Ham maintain their great performance?

Last updated: October 29, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLDLW
Away form: WWDDL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

Did you ever imagine before the start of the season that The Hammers could win against the strongest teams in The Premier League. I don’t think that the victories against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are occasional. But let’s make a comparison between this season and the last campaign, when West Ham started similarly, but at the end of the season finished in 12th place.

On the other hand, if The Hammers keep playing at the same level, they will have a serious chance for qualifying for The Champions League. Maybe, this is the manager’s dream – Slaven Bilic. By signings like Obiang, Ogbonna, Jenkinson, Lanzini and Payet, the team looks strong enough to compete for fourth place.

Watford were one of the favourites for relegation when the season started in August, but The Hornets proved they are competitive enough for The Premiership and after 10 games played, they are far enough away from 18th place. The newly promoted team has lost only three games and has conceded only 10 goals. In addition, The Hornets are playing really well in defence when they are at home. Watford have kept a clean sheet in 3 of 5 games.

Team News

Ex Atletico Madrid midfielder, Jose Jurado, has recovered from his hamstring problem and can now start the match for The Hornets.

Only Swedish player, Ekstrand, is still suffering from a knee injury and is going to miss the game against West Ham.

West Ham’s defender – Winston Reid has recently received a back injury in a team’s training session and won’t take part in the game.

Joey O’Brien has still not recovered from his calf muscle strain and can’t be selected in West Ham’s group by Slaven Bilic.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Flores (Watford) : “We should not need lots of money, we have to convince players with our performances.”

slaven bilic grinning Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “You get into the red zone with talking, with training. The best way is when you are winning because the players say ‘yeah, it’s good’ and they like it and love to be in this position.”

Expected line-ups:

Watford (4-4-1-1): Gomes, Holebas, Prodl, Cathcart, Nyom, Capoue, Diamanti, Abdi, Behrami, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Anya, Layun, Watson, Dyer, Vydra, Arlauskis, Jurado.
Injured: Ekstrand
Not available:
West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Kouyate, Payet, Obiang, Moses, Sakho, Carroll.
Subs Ogbonna, Jarvis, Jelavic, Randolph, Samuelsen, Lee, Noble
Injured: Reid, O’Brien.
Not available:

Key Battle

deeney Deeney this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 894 1 2,6 3 0 1 0
payet Payet this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 898 5 2,1 3 1 1 0

So far this season

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Watford this season West Ham this season
13 League Position 3
1 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (4)
2-0 vs. Stoke Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (1)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (0)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 3-4 to Bournemouth
Ighalo (5) Top scorer Payet (5)
Deeney (3) Assist Leader Cresswell, Payet (3)
Y16, R1 Discipline Y16, R3
5 Failures to score 0
3 Clean Sheets 3
3 Both Teams to Score Games 7
3 Over 2.5 Games 8
7 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • Watford have won only 6 of 24 games against West Ham United. The home victories for The Hornets only number 3. The last Watford win was in The League cup seven years ago.
  • West Ham won in their last visit to Vicarage Road 4-0 when both teams were in The Championship. Tomkins and O’Brien before the half time, Cole and Parker, after the break, were the goal-scorers in The Hammers victory.
  • The Hammers have recorded 13 from a possible 15 points in their away games this season. West Ham won against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
  • Watford’s only home victory so far was against Swansea when The Hornets won 1-0. Their top goal-scorer Ighalo secured the vital points.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
07/03/12 The Championship >West Ham 1-1 Watford Murray 68′
16/08/11 The Championship Watford 0-4 West Ham Tomkins 3′
23/09/08 TheCapital One Cup Watford 1-0 West Ham H. Mullins (OG) 70′
10/02/07 The Premier League West Ham 0-1 Watford Henderson (PG) 12′
27/01/07 The FA Cup West Ham 0-1 Watford