Match Preview: Watford vs West Ham United: Premier League Matchday Twelve

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As Domestic Football finally returns after another painstaking International Break, David Moyes takes charge of West Ham United for the first time, with Marco Silva’s Watford standing in the way of him starting his new Job with a victory in an eagerly-awaited Super Sunday clash.

The Hornets come into the encounter off the back of a rotten run of League form, losing each of their last three PL fixtures, the most recent one coming at Goodison Park, but our Hammers have hardly fared any better heading into the affair off the back of a 1-4 home defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

When?

The clash will take place tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 19 November 2017) with a kick-off time of 4 PM GMT and Live television Coverage being provided by Sky Sports in The UK on Main Event and Premier League.

However, if you don’t have access to a TV on Sunday, you can follow Live Radio Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live, or alternatively, head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to follow live build-up, action, and reaction from Hertfordshire.

Where?

Watford’s historic Stadium of Vicarage Road will play host to the encounter, it is one of the oldest Grounds in the Premier League, originally opening in August 1922.

The Vic, as it is known, has a capacity of just over 21,500 having recently been renovated and has played host to a range of other Sports in previous years, including Greyhound Racing and Rugby.

However, the Arena is currently undergoing further renovations, including a project to increase the size of the pitch and the number of supporters that can cram in on a Matchday.

Tomorrow will spell the 22nd time that we have visited the Hertfordshire Stadium, last time out in February of this year, Andre Ayew cancelled out an early Troy Deeney penalty in a 1-1 draw.

Team News:

Moyes confirmed in his Pre-Watford Press Conference yesterday afternoon, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, that he has only one new injury doubt ahead of the 30-mile trip, after centre-back James Collins returned to training this week.

Javier Hernandez is the concern having picked up a hamstring knock while on international Duty with Mexico, he is a doubt and it is also touch and go whether Winston Reid would have recovered from Jet-lag in time after a round trip of around 20,000 miles during the Break.

Meanwhile, Marco Silva has a few more injury worries to contend with as Andre Carrillo, who faced Reid in a Play-Off, Roberto Pereyra, Sebastian Prodl, Younes Kaboul and Nathaniel Chalobah are all doubts.

Whereas Skipper Deeney remains suspended, but keeper Heurelho Gomes and defender Christian Kabasele are expected to feature after being cleared of head and back injuries respectively for The Hornets.

Form:

The teams of Watford and West Ham United have met an impressive 73 times in Competition Football, a fixture that dates back as far as the 19th Century, with the first meeting coming in 1898.

The overall record makes for pleasant viewing for any Hammer as out of that staggering number of meetings, tomorrow’s hosts have only been victorious on 19 occasions, there have been 13 draws and 41 Claret & Blue wins.

However, The Golden Boys have got the better of this matchup since they gained Promotion back to The Premier League, only losing once and the last meeting being the aforementioned Vicarage road draw last winter.

Notable encounters between these two Cockney sides include the second ever PL game at The London Stadium, in which The Hornets came back to win 2-4, and who could forget our 0-4 Championship drubbing of at Vicarage Road in 2011?

The Opposition:

Watford Football Club was formed in 1881 as Watford Rovers and like many others, have endured a rollercoaster of an existence since then, with some real high and low points.

They are one of few teams in the Top-Flight to have never won either an FA Cup or League Cup Title to their name, but did finish runners-up to The Toffees under Graham Taylor in that famous Final of 1984.

It was the Taylor era that they embarked on their most successful period as regulars in The First Division, their status in which has always been in doubt, most recently being Promoted vis The Play-Offs in 2014.

Nowadays, under new Boss Marco Silva, The Yellow Army have enjoyed an admirable start to the season, reaching fourth just a few weeks ago. And despite slumping to ninth most recently, the Spaniard has got The Hornets playing attractive Football once again, something they have been excessively lauded for.

Who Is Officiating?

Experienced Select Group Referee Andre Marriner will be the man in the middle on Super Sunday, with Simon Beck and Simon Long acting as his Assistants and fellow Referee Stuart Atwell playing the role of Fourth Official.

So, with the Vicarage Road scene well and truly set for tomorrow’s vital PL fixture, can Silva’s men get their season back on track with an impressive win on home turf?

Or, will the Moyes era begin with the full three points and a first away triumph of the season? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to let us know what you think and get your early score predictions in.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.