West Ham United will hope to keep their dreams of European football alive as they face Watford on Wednesday night. The Hornets are now over the magic 40 point point, which all but guarantees them Premier League status for another year.
The Hammers snuck away with a point from an exhilarating match against Leicester City last time out. Defender Aaron Cresswell looked to have won them all three points, until a last minute penalty shared the spoils.
West Ham have now drawn their last four Premier League games, which has seen them slip off the pace in the bid for Champions League qualification.
They will hope to break their uninspiring run of draws against a Watford side who won their first league game since February at the weekend.
Upton Park has been a fortress this season however, with only two losses coming at home for the East London side.
Watford’s latest win was largely down to the heroics of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who twice saved from the penalty spot. The keeper created history in becoming the first goalkeeper to save two penalties in two separate Premier League matches.
The Hornets will hope to be inspired by their keeper and kick on from the victory to gain momentum for next season.
The Hammers might welcome back striker Diafra Sakho after a knee injury had kept him out of contention for the last two fixtures. Whether he can warrant a starting place over Andy Carroll in his current form is yet to be seen.
Right-back Carl Jenkinson is still recovering from a serious ACL injury, which will keep the young defender out of action until the start of next season.
The Hornets have three minor doubts ahead of this tie with West Ham. Craig Cathcart and Jose Holebas have both picked up knocks, but should be fit enough to be in contention.
Meanwhile midfielder Almen Abdi is recovering from illness, so he may have to sit this game out.
League Positions: West Ham – 6th (53 pts); Watford– 12th (41 pts)
Form: West Ham – WWDDDD; Watford – LLLLDW
Previous Meeting: Watford 2-0 West Ham – October, 2015; Premier League
Key Players: West Ham – Dimitri Payet; Watford – Troy Deeney
Shoot Says: West Ham 2-1 Watford