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How big an impact can tonight’s game between West Ham and Watford have on the relegation picture?

The winner tonight will surely be safe; the loser will be in the fight. A draw would be a bad result for the teams below them

17/07/2020

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A relegation six-pointer is set to take place tonight as West Ham United hosts Watford at the London Stadium (details: West Ham United vs Watford (17/07/2020)). The situation is unique as a draw would favor both sides, with both being leveled on points. If there is a winner at full time, then the relegation fight will still be on for the losing side. As of now, the difference between the 17th and 18th is 3 points. A draw tonight won't favor AFC Bournemouth and Aston Villa as their chances of surviving will take a huge blow. 

As of the game, both sides are coming in on the back of good wins. West Ham's M. Antonio has been on fire since the restart. It is quite surprising that he has been involved in 78% of his side's goals since the restart. He scored all of West Ham's four goals against Norwich City in an excellent display by the Hammers. West Ham have been playing well since their surprise win against Chelsea (details and statistics: West Ham United vs Chelsea (01/07/2020)). 

Watford meanwhile, started very badly by picking up just a point in their first four games after the restart (details and statistics: Watford vs Leicester City (20/06/2020)). The picture has now changed as they have won consecutive games for only the second time this season beating Norwich and Newcastle United in the process. T. Deeney stepped for his side and converted two penalties against Newcastle United. They don't have any individual bang in form like M. Antonio. Still, they play as a strong defensive unit, and it suits them well. 

The winner tonight will surely be safe; the loser will be in the fight. A draw would be a bad result for the teams below them. It's a tough one to predict as both sides have been consistently poor. West Ham battered Norwich, and Watford have two wins in a row, but as the Premier League is, it can be anyone's game.