West Ham United and Watford go toe-to-toe in the Premier League on Friday night in a huge clash in the fight against relegation.

The Hammers are ahead in the table by the barest of margins, with a superior goal difference keeping them a place above their visitors who are level on points after the same amount of games played.

Realistically, then, whoever comes out on top in this one at the London Stadium will be playing top flight football again next season, with the gap to the relegation zone standing at 3 points.

Although a draw is not disastrous, both sides know that 3 points will almost certainly secure their safety, particularly when the remaining fixtures are taken in to consideration, with West Ham set to play fellow strugglers Aston Villa on the final day and Watford still to face Manchester City and Arsenal.

Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass, two influential players for West Ham, are rated 50-50 to be included for this crunch clash and will be put through a late fitness test to determine their availability.

Hammers boss David Moyes will also have a decision to make up front, with Michail Antonio seemingly having a grip on that centre forward role after becoming the first West Ham player to score four in a Premier League game last time out against Norwich.

His competition is Sebastien Haller, with the £45m signing now fit enough to play from the start should Moyes opt to use him through the middle.

Nigel Pearson’s Watford still have some injury concerns, with the useful Gerard Deulofeu still out.

Isaac Success and Daryl Janmaat are also absentees, as they have been since Project Restart commenced.

Danny Welbeck’s return to fitness has been a boost for the Hornets, with the ex-England striker now seemingly over his injury woes.

West Ham United v Watford is an 8pm kick off on Friday, 17 July.

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