Premier League: Watford vs West Ham preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Premier League: Watford vs West Ham preview, team news, prediction and tips
December 27
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Watford will welcome West Ham to Vicarage Road in the Premier League matchday 20 on Tuesday. The kick-off is at 17:00 CEST.

Preview

Believe it or not but Watford have had almost three weeks to prepare for this encounter as Claudio Ranieri haven't been in action since losing 2-1 to Brentford on December 10 due to a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad. Thankfully, the Hornets no longer have any coronavirus absentees and will be eager to end their current run of four consecutive defeats in the league against West Ham. As things stand now, Watford badly need all three points on Tuesday as they are 17th in the table with 13 points, just two points above the relegation zone.

David Moyes' side, for their part, will travel to Vicarage Road on the back of a five-game winless streak across all competitions, including an unexpected 3-2 loss at the hands of Southampton on Boxing Day. What's more, the Hammers have only won once in their last five PL matches and thus have slipped down to sixth in the standings with 28 points.

Team news

As mentioned, the Hornets have no Covid-related absentees but the likes of Ben Foster, Nicolas Nkoulou, Francisco Sierralta, Peter Etebo and most importantly Ismaila Sarr are all unavailable through injury. Aaron Cresswell, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna, meanwhile, will play no part for the Hammers this time around for the same reason while Declan Rice is suspended for this one.

Prediction

Even if West Ham's top-4 hopes suffered a setback against So'ton just 48 hours ago, Moyes' crop will have a perfect opportunity to finish 2021 on a high note. The thing is that Watford have failed to register a clean sheet in each of their 16 Premier League matches this term so far. Hence, we'd be hugely surprised if the likes of Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen coudn't get the job done on Tuesday.

Tip

West Ham to win at 2.202 with 1XBET.


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