Live match preview – Watford vs West Ham 28.12.2021

Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Watford vs West Ham in Premier League on Tuesday; kick-off 15:00.

Team news

Watford Manager Claudio Ranieri will have a number of players on hand when his team host West Ham on Tuesday after being in solitary confinement due to Covid-19 protocols.

The Hornets have not played since the 2-1 defeat at Brentford on 10 December, and there have been other positive tests. The club has confirmed that some players will be able to re-enter but has not provided names.

Francisco Sierralta recovered from a hamstring injury sustained last month and is expected to be available, but Ben Foster (groin), Ismaila Sarr (knee), Christian Kabasele (calf), Peter Etebo (quadruple) and Nicolas Nkoulou (hamstring) remain unavailable.

Watford provisional team: Bachmann, Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Sierralta, Ngakia, Kucka, Sissoko, Hernandez, Cleverley, King, Dennis, Rose, Louza, Joao Pedro, Sema, Fletcher, Tufan, Elliot, Angelini

West Ham I’m without Declan Rice for suspension. The English midfielder picked up his fifth yellow card of the season during Boxing’s defeat to Southampton.

Defenders Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma are still injured.

West Ham Provisional Team: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Johnson, Soucek, Lanzini, Fornals, Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma, Areola, Ashby, Baptiste, Masuaku, Noble, Kral, Vlasic, Yarmolenko.

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A look at some of the stats for week 20 Premier League matches

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Southampton’s win at West Ham

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights of Brentford’s victory over Watford

Eight statistics

  • Watford have lost four of their last five Premier League games to West Ham (1 win), more than they have had in the top nine in the competition (W4 D2 L3).
  • West Ham have won their last three Premier League games against Watford, scoring 10 goals. The Hammers had only scored nine goals in their previous nine against the Hornets in the competition (V2 P2 L5).
  • Watford won his last league game in both 2019 (against Aston Villa) and 2020 (against Norwich), the last in three consecutive calendar years between 2010 and 2012.
  • West Ham won their last league game in just one of their last 12 calendar years (4N S7), beating Southampton 2-1 in 2015. When playing these away games, the Hammers have not won since 2003 (2-0 v Nottingham Forest), have drawn three and have lost six since then.
  • West Ham have already lost to Brentford this season, having lost only one of 12 Premier League games against promoted sides in the last two seasons combined (W7 D4). The Hammers lost their last consecutive match in February / September 2018 (against Brighton and Wolves).
  • Watford have lost four of their last five Premier League home games (1 win), as many as in their previous 15 at Vicarage Road in the competition. The Hornets are looking to avoid losing three consecutive league games at home in the same top flight season for the first time since 1987-88, a streak of five between February and April.
  • West Ham have lost three of their last four Premier League away games (1N), as many as in their previous 17 away games (W10 D4 L3).
  • After winning his first four Premier League games against West Ham manager David Moyes (all with Chelsea between 2002 and 2003), Watford’s Claudio Ranieri has failed to win either of his last two against the Scot in the competition. (D1 S1), most recently a 2-1 defeat with Leicester against Sunderland in December 2016.
  • Emmanuel Dennis has been directly involved in nine goals in his last seven Premier League games for Watford (5 goals, 4 assists), contributing to 64% of the Hornets’ goals in these games (9/14).
  • Declan Rice has played 149 Premier League games for West Ham and will become the 17th different player to reach 150 for the club in the competition. At 22 years and 348 days on the day of this match, he will be nearly three years younger than the previous youngest player to reach the finish line for the Hammers (Mark Noble in 2013, 25y 267d).

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