West Ham avoided an embarrassing FA Cup exit by the skin of their proverbial teeth this weekend. The Hammers needed a last-gasp equaliser, followed by a late extra-time winner, to avoid what would’ve been the biggest upset in the history of the storied competition against National League North side Kidderminster (in terms of the gap between the two teams in the English pyramid).
In the Premier League, David Moyes’ men have defied expectations to remain in the race for a top four finish and currently occupy fifth place. However, having lost their last two league fixtures to Leeds United and fellow Champions League hopefuls Manchester United, they will see this game as a must-win to get that top four chase back on track.
Watford are onto their third manager of the season, with relegation still looking like a distinct possibility this term. With Xisco and Claudio Ranieri doing little to impress the club’s hierarchy so far this term, they have now turned to the vastly experienced Roy Hodgson to try and escape the bottom three and he’ll take charge of the team for only the second time here.
In his first match in charge this Saturday evening, the former England manager led his side to a goalless draw with Burnley. That result means they’ve now gone 10 matches without a victory in all competitions, so a return to form is required as quickly as possible to keep their hopes of falling back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
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West Ham vs Watford: Match Stats
Watford have failed to score in each of their last two matches and in fact, only four teams have scored fewer goals in the Premier League this season. The Hammers meanwhile have kept two clean sheets in their last three matches at the London Stadium.
Unlike previous years, West Ham actually have the best disciplinary record in the Premier League right now, having been shown only 31 cards over the course of the campaign. Over their last two matches, the Hammers have picked up just one card in total.
December 28, 2021: Watford 1-4 West Ham United – Premier League
July 17, 2020: West Ham United 3-1 Watford – Premier League
August 24, 2019: Watford 1-3 West Ham United – Premier League
May 12, 2019: Watford 1-4 West Ham United – Premier League
December 22, 2018: West Ham United 0-2 Watford – Premier League
West Ham have won the last four meetings between the sides, scoring at least three goals on each occasion. The most recent of these meetings was in December, when the Hammers came from behind to win 1-4 at Vicarage Road.