Written by: @George__Curley
After an extremely convincing win against Southampton, the Hammers are on course to sneak into the top half of the table if we win against Watford in our final game.
West Ham cruised past Southampton in a destructive 3-0 victory on Saturday which we were almost certainly guaranteed to win. Arnautović got back on the scoresheet and in some style; Yan Valery’s mistaken back pass was quickly pounced upon by Mark Noble, who on his second touch, split the Saints defence and played through the Austrian international, who finished cooly on his opposite foot into the bottom corner. He then scored his second in the latter half and Ryan Fredericks got his first Premier League goal for West Ham.
Watford have only won two of their five last games in the Premier League and were one of West Ham’s opponents in the battle for Europe (along with Wolves). Only recently have Watford and West Ham taken their feet off the gas and they’ve allowed teams such as Leicester and Everton into the top half and into the three team Europa race.
Although Watford have eased up on the league campaign, they have interests elsewhere. After coming back from a two goal deficit to win against Wolves in the semi-final of the FA Cup, they face Manchester City on 18 May which subsequently increases West Ham’s chance of victory on Sunday as their focus will be shifted.
Watford have shown how they can perform in the big games and how they take the same mindset approaching less challenging games, a mindset not many clubs take. Watford have had many heroes this season, namely Deulofeu and Troy Deeney, and that’s only some of their standout stars. We’ve seen the talent that these players possess and ultimately they’ve assisted Watford to a successful campaign this season.
However, the key to this league is consistency and while it’s been a good season for the Hornets there has also been some downfalls. Losses to Bournemouth and Newcastle have limited Watford’s full potential but nonetheless they’ve had a good season and a trophy will cap it off nicely.
West Ham have the full capability to make it a memorable finale at Vicarage Road and with 3,000 Hammers in attendance it’s shaping up to be a great game. West Ham have a real chance of making it into the top ten.