In what is a real six-pointer at the foot of the table, West Ham will welcome Watford to an empty London Stadium on Friday night in a contest that could all but secure the winner’s Premier League status for another year.
Putting in what was a rampant display at Carrow Road over the weekend and relegating Norwich thanks to a 4-0 drumming in East Anglia, the Hammers have lost just one of their last four top-flight appearances.
On the flip side, coming from behind to grab another 2-1 victory against Newcastle at Vicarage Road on Saturday lunchtime, Watford have landed back-to-back victories and like Friday’s hosts, they too hold a three-point buffer over the drop zone.
However, although the Hornets might be enjoying their most fruitful patch since opening 2020, they do hold a worrying record against their London rivals.
With the Hammers landing a 3-1 win when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, they have secured back-to-back victories against Watford and a similar outcome on Friday night can be found priced at 11/8 with Betfair.
Antonio steals the show
Really bouncing back from their 1-0 defeat against Burnley last week and putting four past Norwich in East Anglia, West Ham still know that they hold their future in their own hands.
Holding a three-point buffer over the drop zone after both Aston Villa and Bournemouth picked up victories on Sunday, David Moyes’ men have lost just one of their last four Premier League appearances.
With that run highlighted by what could turn out to be a crucial 3-2 victory against top-four chasers Chelsea earlier in the month, the former Manchester United boss will be hugely excited by Michail Antonio’s remarkable purple patch.
Really stealing the show at Carrow Road over the weekend and scoring all four of the Hammers’ strikes on the road, the 30-year-old has quickly cemented his spot as West Ham’s MVP.
Continuing to shine since making a return from the enforced break last month, the one-time Nottingham Forest winger has now recorded six goals in just his last four Premier League outings.
You might be interested to know that Antonio can be found priced at 9/4 with Bet365 to extend on his tally on Friday night.
Watford’s away day issues
Once again battling from behind to snatch another 2-1 victory over the weekend, Watford have shown plenty of resolve after what was a worrying return from football’s enforced break.
Now claiming back-to-back victories over Norwich and Newcastle, the Hornets find themselves holding a three-point buffer over the drop zone and still sat in pole position to extend on their Premier League status this summer.
However, while Nigel Pearson’s men might have secured back-to-back wins for the first time in 2020, they have continued to show some worrying issues away from Vicarage Road.
Including a 3-0 hammering away at Chelsea in their last contest on the road, Friday’s guests have now lost their last four away fixtures on the bounce and have collected just a single point over their last six away matchups.
You might be interested to know, Watford have also failed to find the net on their travels in almost 450 minutes of action and have not recorded an away goal since the restart.
Pearson’s men can be found priced at 2/1 with Paddy Power to draw another blank on the road this week.