West Ham team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford

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The Hammers need a victory over the Hornets to move further clear of danger in the Premier League

West Ham face Watford this weekend, looking to pull further clear of relegation danger.

The Hammers sit just three points above the relegation zone but they are a mere three points behind the Hornets, who sit 11th.

The importance of this fixture, then, is clear for all Hammers fans to see as David Moyes tries to lead the club to top-flight survival.


WEST HAM INJURIES


The Irons are struggling with a number of injuries, with three central midfield players currently on the treatment table.

Pedro Obiang has a ligament injury, and will be out until July, along with Manuel Lanzini, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Andy Carroll has a fractured foot and remains out, while Edimilson Fernandes has an ankle injury.

Marko Arnautovic, however, could return to the bench after overcoming his own hamstring problem.


WEST HAM SUSPENSIONS


Arthur Masuaku remains suspended after receiving a six-game ban for spitting.


WEST HAM STARTING LINE-UP


Arnautovic's return to the bench will be a major boost for Moyes, with the Austrian having been out since the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on January 20.

Loan signing Joao Mario should feature, and is likely to replace Manuel Lanzini in the No.10 role, while Michail Antonio may be deployed as a striker.

Javier Hernandez scored against Brighton in last week's 3-1 loss and should continue up front, while Adrian will stay in goal ahead of Joe Hart.

It remains to be seen if new signing Patrice Evra will feature, but he is more likely to start on the bench than in the XI, given that he has not played since November.

Predicted West Ham XI


WATFORD TEAM NEWS


Watford have as many as 11 players currently injured, but they will be able to field Troy Deeney, who escaped an FA charge for using an obscene gesture during the club's massive 4-1 win over Chelsea.

Christian Kabasele (hamstring), Molla Wague (hamstring), Kiko Femenia (hamstring), Will Hughes (hamstring), Miguel Britos (foot), Younes Kaboul (metatarsal), Nathaniel Chalobah (knee) and Tommie Hoban (knee) are all injured.

Heurelho Gomes will face a late fitness test following a back spasm, while Tom Cleverley is a doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury. Craig Cathcart may be fit.

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TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME


The match kicks off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, with no live television coverage available in the UK. Highlights can be seen on Match of the Day on BBC One at 22:30 GMT.


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Since a run of 11 consecutive home wins against the Hornets in all competitions between September 1984 and November 2004, West Ham have won just one of their last five home games against them (D1 L3).

  • Watford’s 4-2 victory away at West Ham last season was the first time they’d scored four goals in an away top-flight game for 30 years, since winning 5-1 at Chelsea in May 1986.

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  • David Moyes has never lost a home league match against the Hornets (P4 W3 D1 L0) and has won both home Premier League meetings against them.

  • Michail Antonio has scored six goals in his last seven league matches against Watford, including a brace in West Ham’s 4-2 defeat in September 2016 at London Stadium.

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