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Watford and West Ham Enter Vital Weekend

Watford and West Ham Enter Vital Weekend Photo: TT
Watford, West Ham. Photo credit: ANDREW COULDRIDGE

West Ham and Watford face a defining weekend.

In the Premier League’s equivalent of a never-ending gobstopper, we are slowly drawing into the final stages of [2019/2020.][1]

The bottom of the table is looking tighter than ever before, with four clubs separated by just four points with four games to go.

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Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford and West Ham are scrapping to avoid the drop, and the two W clubs have a chance to pull away from their alphabetically-superior rivals.

The Hammers have Norwich City, who are as good as confirmed as down. There’ve been millions of words written on their principled way of losing football matches, and you can’t see them picking up many more points between now and the end of this campaign.

West Ham aren’t in great form themselves but you’d back David Moyes to knock a tune into the players he’s got at his disposal for this one game - while Watford have got Newcastle United.

Could Go Either Way

The Magpies have been a strange team this season. Steve Bruce has overwhelmed, underwhelmed and simply whelmed all at the same time but came out of the post-lockdown blocks firing and has picked up some important wins.

But will their dismantling at the hands of Manchester City knock some of their confidence, or will the Toon Army write that one off as expected and go again?

Nigel Pearson needs to get his squad firing again. They’ve won once in their last six games and sit level on points with West Ham but are fourth form bottom because of their inferior goal difference.

Both teams have got their problems or they wouldn’t be down there fighting for scraps, but both have a chance to lift themselves away from the relegation zone.

Vital

This weekend is important because Bournemouth play Leicester, who you’d expect to beat the Foxes, while Aston Villa have a tricky against against Crystal Palace coming up.

If either one of Watford or West Ham can get three points, it’ll go a long way to securing their Premier League future.[1]: https://www.whoscored.com/Regions/252/Tournaments/2/England-Premier-League

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer @rusty_hughes
I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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