Struggling Watford are in for a tough assignment, when going up against West Ham on Tuesday at London Stadium. With a string of mediocre performances, at best, it would be astounding to see the former take anything from this encounter. The last time, the two teams faced off against each other, West Ham ran out 4-1 winners. In was a match played at Vicarage Road Stadium back in December 2021 in the Premier League.
With 37 points after 23 matches, West Ham currently lie 5th in the Premier League standings. Watford play catch-up as they recorded 15 points in 21 matches and they rank as number 18 before their upcoming clash.
Aiming for a place inside the top six, West Ham need to strut their stuff against Watford on Tuesday. The latter do not look like a team, who currently possess the qualities to stop the home side from claiming a win.
The Hammers enter their next Premier League match, averaging a decent 1.7 goals per game in their last 10 matches in which they scored a moderate total of 17 goals, while also conceding 15 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.5 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring two times.
Their upcoming match is a difficult challenge for Watford, who next face West Ham in their continuous fight to avoid relegation. They should be highly motivated to spring a surprise, even against a tough opponent like West Ham.
Watford are currently performing rather modestly, when it comes to goal-scoring, as they managed a bearable 11 goals in the past 10 outings. That is an average of 1.1 goals a game, in which their opponents scored a total of 21 goals. They claimed one clean sheet as they averaged 2.1 against per match.
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West Ham came up short, losing 3-2 and 1-0 against Leeds and Manchester United respectively. Their latest match brought some consolation with a 2-1 win against Kidderminster in extra-time in the FA Cup. West Ham claimed a middle-of-the-road three wins in their previous six matches on home soil. They post a record of 3-1-2 in these six encounters, with a scoreline reading 13-11.
Watford were a tad mediocre in their last three matches, where a win has failed to come their way. Against Newcastle, they gained a point in a 1-1 draw, before coming up short against Norwich, who ran out 3-0 winners. Lately, they managed to steal a point in a 0-0 with Burnley. Watford only have one paltry win to show from the last six away games in the league. These six matches produced a record of 1-2-3, as they were outscored by 10-9.
West Ham scored 27 goals and conceded 17 in their last 13 games against teams from the bottom half of the Premier League table. They collected 24 points and six victories. Watford fought their way to one win and three points from their last six games against teams inside the top six. They were on target seven times in these matches, but also let in 16 goals.
Anything but a home win for West Ham will be a massive surprise, and with goals flowing freely Watford could be in for a hammering.
- West Ham have scored in 17 of the last 18 home matches
- West Ham have conceded in 7 of the last 9 matches
- Watford have conceded in the last 20 matches in a row
- Watford have not won 15 of the last 17 matches
- Watford have lost 10 of the last 12 matches
- In 8 of the last 10 matches Watford played, both teams scored
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Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna should be the only players unavailable for West Ham, when they prepare for their upcoming assignment.
Worst-case scenario, Watford have a total of six players out for their next match. Emmanuel Dennis can't be called upon by Watford, as he is sidelined with a suspension.
Ismaila Sarr, Nicolas N'Koulou, Kwadwo Baah and Oghenekaro Etebo are among the four players unlikely to feature for Watford, when they travel to the London Stadium.
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Supporters will be hoping to see a similarly thrilling encounter, as it turned out to be the last time West Ham played against Watford. It finished 4-1 in a great Premier League match between the pair. West Ham have been slightly more successful than Watford in recent meetings in the Premier League. With a 6-1-3 advantage going into this match, betting on The Irons has often proved the profitable way to go. The bookies best betting odds on a home win are at 1.40.
Betting on both teams to score in recent matches between West Ham and Watford would have made you a decent profit. Both teams found their way to the goal seven times in their previous 10 matches. Odds on both teams find the back of the net are best priced at 1.80 with the bookies.
Joao Pedro seems to be one of the players in good form right now when looking at Watford. The visitors surely need more goals from him, however, he will have it difficult facing West Ham who are strong favourites this coming Tuesday. Siding with Jarrod Bowen should be reasonable as he is likely to add another goal for his team in the upcoming home match if he starts the game from the beginning. Looking at his latest stats, it is clear that he has a great goal-to-game ratio right now as he scored three goals in his last six matches. Jarrod Bowen is expected to be difficult for the guests to handle this coming Tuesday.
West Ham claimed all three points six times in their last 10 home matches across all tournaments, while also drawing once along the way. They endured defeat in three of the games in this run. Watford won two of their last 10 games away, while drawing two and losing six in this series of matches. Watford will feel optimistic about scoring on Tuesday with West Ham managing a measly three clean sheets in the previous 10 home games. The visitors fought their way to one clean sheet in their previous 10 away games.
Over 3.5 goals happened six times in the last 10 encounters between these two rivals. West Ham managed an average of 2.2 goals, with Watford averaging 1.4 goals. Both teams to score was a winning bet seven times in this run of matches. Over 2.5 goals happened in six of West Ham’s last 10 matches across the tournaments. They pulled off an average of 1.8 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in seven of the visitor's last 10 games this season. On average, they scored 0.8 times in those matches.