West Ham United v Watford

19 Apr

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll scored his fifth goal in as many games against Leicester on Sunday


West Ham have forward Diafra Sakho available again after a knee injury.

Sakho’s recovery means the Hammers have a full-strength squad for the visit of Watford, with Sam Byram, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll in line for a recall.

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores has promised to make changes with Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace in mind.

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes is the only confirmed starter for Wednesday’s rearranged fixture.


West Ham manager Slaven Bilic: “[Watford] will probably think a bit about the game at the weekend, and maybe they will rest some players.

“But they brought a lot of players, experienced players, in the summer and in January. They have a big squad and a certain way of playing, and players who maybe start on Wednesday will have some fresh legs which is good for them.

“No matter which team they put out we need a win. The gap (to fourth place) is big, but the gap can be reduced.

“We have to win games. We are still in a big race for Europe and we are going to do everything we can.”

Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores: “We will use a lot of new players (against West Ham). I am completely confident in the first XI I will pick; I am really curious how we can develop, and the characteristics of the players.

“We respect West Ham, they are very good, they are one of the best in the Premier League but I trust a lot in my players and I think we can give a very good performance.”


With the Hornets playing Crystal Palace in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend, Quique Sanchez Flores is going to change his team around. Because of that, I am backing West Ham.

Prediction: 2-0

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Victory over Watford would set a top-flight West Ham record of 15 unbeaten home matches - their last league defeat at Upton Park came on 22 August against Bournemouth.<!–



  • West Ham have won just one of their last seven matches against Watford in all competitions (W1, D2, L4).
  • The Hammers have won 12 of the 16 league meetings at home (D2, L2).

West Ham

  • West Ham are unbeaten in eight league games (W3, D5) – but the last four have been draws.
  • The Hammers could go nine top-flight matches without defeat for the first time since an 18-match run in 1985.
  • They will set a top-flight club record of 15 unbeaten home matches in a row if they avoid defeat against Watford. Their last league defeat at Upton Park came on 22 August against Bournemouth.
  • Andy Carroll has scored eight league goals this season, his best return since registering 13 in the 2010-11 season. Carroll has scored five goals in his last five matches in all competitions.


  • Watford earned their first league win in seven attempts at the expense of West Brom on Saturday.
  • Only five teams have won more away league games than Watford’s six this season.
  • They have now won twice as many Premier League away games this season as they did in their previous two Premier League seasons combined.
  • Ben Watson’s winner on Saturday meant he became only the third player to score more than one league goal for Watford this season.


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