Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare in the defeat against Watford?

West Ham’s ambitions of claiming a fifth victory on the bounce were dashed by Javi Gracia’s Watford, who upset the Hammers 2-0 at the London Stadium. Most pundits had expected Manuel Pellegrini’s side to continue their winning run going at home, especially against a Watford side that had won only twice in 20 on the road prior to this game, but goals from Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu condemned the Hammers to their first defeat of the month.

West Ham were unchanged from the side that had beaten Fulham while Watford made only one change, bringing back Etienne Capoue from suspension in place of former West Ham youngster Domingos Quina. [Read more…]

Lee Mason Hoodoo continues, Lawro gets prediction right & more- Five Talking points from West Ham v Watford

West Ham’s hopes of a fifth straight league win were dashed on Saturday afternoon by Watford, with Javi Gracia’s team emerging with all three points from the London Stadium. In what was a very physical game, the Hornets’ goals came through Troy Deeney (pen) and Gerard Deulofeu. West Ham certainly had their chances, but didn’t take them, unlike last weekend’s game against Fulham. Watford could’ve scored more but for the brilliance of Lukasz Fabianski, who probably didn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of a 2-0 scoreline.

West Ham’s recent bad run under Lee Mason continues

When Mason was appointed as the ref for this GW18 clash, we had noted that the Hammers had lost their last four in the league under him. 4 consecutive losses became 5 as the Hornets came away with a 2-0 win.

Mark Lawrenson gets his prediction right!

Among the pre-match pundit predictions for this game, Lawro was the only one who went against the grain and predicted a Watford win. He had tipped Fulham to win last weekend, and again chose to back West Ham’s opponents for this game. Not only did Watford win, they also won by the exact same scoreline that Lawro had predicted- 2-0!

This is Lawro’s second “perfect” score this season (result + correct scoreline) after the Huddersfield game.

West Ham v Watford in the Premier League doesn’t end in a draw when the Hammers are the home side

The 11 previous top flight games at West Ham between the two sides had always produced a victor, and this one was no different.

Five of the last six games (one being a draw at Watford) between the two sides had seen the victor triumph by a two goal margin. This also ended in a two goal victory.

Few would’ve expected Man City (to Palace), Chelsea (to Leicester), and West Ham (to Watford) to lose at home on the same weekend, but GW18 has been full of surprising results.

Defeat for Declan Rice in his 50th Hammers appearance and Chicha misses out on 50 league goals

Declan Rice’s 50th Hammers appearance ended in defeat. He was also perhaps a tad below his usual standards today (but we hold the lad to really high standards given his previous performances!)

Javier Hernandez is still looking for this 50th Premier League goal, and had at least three chances to do so today, including one sitter. However none of them were converted, and Chicharito’s wait continues.

Let’s hope Fabian Balbuena’s injury isn’t too bad

Fabian Balbuena was forced to limp off with a knee injury that he suffered while conceding the first half penalty that Deeney converted. The Paraguayan’s defensive partnership with Issa Diop has been one of the highlights of West Ham’s season and fans must be praying that his injury isn’t serious.

CB is an area where the Hammers lack depth- Angelo Ogbonna can fill in, as he did today, but after him, it looks very thin. Cresswell played as part of a three man defence last season- is he good enough for a role in a two man defence? The other option would be to shift Rice, who has been excellent in midfield, to CB. With a busy and important run of fixtures coming up, West Ham need Balbuena to be fit.

West Ham v Watford predictions- How do the pundits think the Hammers will fare this weekend?

West Ham will be aiming to win five straight league games for the first time since 2006 when they host Watford at the London Stadium this weekend. However the Hammers have a poor recent record under the referee for this game (Lee Mason), having lost their last four when he was in charge.

Watford come into this game on the back of a 3-2 win over Cardiff, a fixture that saw three beautiful goals from the Hornets, including one from Domingos Quina, who moved to Vicarage Road from the London Stadium earlier this summer. However Javia Gracia’s men have won only 2 of their last 20 league games on the road.

None of West Ham’s 11 previous home games against the Hornets in the top flight have ended in a draw.

What do the pundits have to say about the home side’s chances of making it five wins in a row? Let’s take a look. [Read more…]

Referee announced for Watford game- West Ham have lost last four under him!

West Ham will be looking to claim their fifth win on the bounce when they host Watford this weekend. To win five in a row, the Hammers will have to reverse a losing trend under the referee for this game- Lee Mason, who will be in charge of this fixture at the London Stadium.

West Ham have lost their last four games with him in the middle- two at home and two on the road.

Arsenal 4-1 West Ham (22 April 2018)- 2017/18 Premier League season
West Ham 0-3 Burnley (10 March, 2018)- 2017/18 Premier League season
West Ham 2-3 Newcastle (23 Dec, 2017)- 2017/18 Premier League season
Southampton 3-2 West Ham (19 August, 2017)- 2017/18 Premier League season

In all four of these games, the opposition scored three or more goals. [Read more…]

Hammers bounce back to take three points against Watford

West Ham made amends for their second half horror show on the Sussex coast last weekend as they beat Watford in this crunch league clash at the London Stadium. The win, secured due to goals from Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic was the Hammers’ first home one over an opponent above them in the league standings since their famous triumph over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea earlier in the season.

Hammers boss David Moyes made two personnel (and several positional) changes from the side that had lost to Brighton. In came the talismanic Marko Arnautovic, sporting a new hairdo, and the pacy Michail Antonio and out went youngsters Declan Rice and Sam Byram. [Read more…]