Watford vs West Ham preview: Etienne Capoue returns for Hornets
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Last Updated: 12/05/19 5:12pm
Watford will have Etienne Capoue available when they host West Ham on the final day of the Premier League season.
The midfielder missed last weekend's defeat at Chelsea due to a minor groin complaint but is set to return to the squad.
Watford are 10th in the table and are only likely to be able to move up or down one place, depending on results. They may make changes with a view to their participation in the FA Cup final against Manchester City on May 18.
West Ham, who are a point behind Watford, will have Samir Nasri available.
The former Arsenal midfielder has not played since March 16 due to a calf problem and his future is unclear as his current deal expires in the simmer.
Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko are out but Felipe Anderson and Declan Rice have recovered from illness and Robert Snodgrass returns after a one-match suspension.
- Following their 2-0 win at the London Stadium in December, Watford are looking to do the league double over West Ham for the very first time.
- West Ham won their first Premier League away game against Watford (2-1 in March 2000) but are winless in their subsequent four top-flight games against them at Vicarage Road (D2 L2).
- Watford haven't won their final league game of a season since 2011-12 (2-1 vs Middlesbrough), drawing two and losing four since.
- Watford have conceded in each of their last 11 Premier League games, the longest current run without a clean sheet in the competition.
- After a run of four Premier League games without a win, West Ham have won their last two without conceding. They last won three in a row while keeping a clean sheet in each in February 2014 under Sam Allardyce.
- West Ham have only won one of their last nine Premier League away games (D1 L7), although it was last time out against Tottenham.
- Victory for Watford will guarantee them their first top-half finish in a top-flight campaign since they finished ninth in 1986-87.
- Marko Arnautovic bagged a brace in his last Premier League game to take his tally to nine for the season. If he scores here he'll be the first West Ham player to reach double figures in consecutive Premier League campaigns since Carlton Cole in 2008-09/2009-10.
Watford must have an eye on the FA Cup final. You don't play in it too often; years ago it was the ultimate, now it's down the pecking order but that won't be the case for Watford next week or Man City if they can do the English treble.
Troy Deeney will have to play because he needs to get his match fitness back, and you can't see anyone lying down with him in the team. But I think there'll be some changes ahead of the cup final, and I think that'll take it from a draw to a West Ham win. They've picked some form too.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-3