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A top-half finish in the Premier League table is on the line for both West Ham United and Watford in the season finale.
The visiting Hammers will try for a third consecutive victory whilst aiming to hand the Hornets a third straight defeat Sunday at Vicarage Road.
As things stand entering the final matchday of the 2018-19 Premier League season, Watford (14-8-15) sit 10th in the table on 50 points. West Ham (14-7-16), meanwhile, are just one point and one place behind the Hornets and would leapfrog them - and possibly ninth-place Leicester City - with a victory Sunday.
At the moment, it's the Hammers who are playing the better football between the two sides matching up at Vicarage Road. West Ham are unbeaten in three straight league games and outscored Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton 4-0 whilst winning their last two. Marko Arnautovic recorded a brace and Ryan Fredericks also scored in last Saturday's 3-0 home victory over the Saints.
"The last two weeks have been fantastic," captain Mark Noble, who assisted on Arnautovic's first goal, told West Ham's official website. "We didn't want to waste Saturday (after beating Spurs the week before). "It's a shame it always seems to end when we're playing so well. We just hope we can get the three points (Sunday) against Watford and finish on such a high."
The April 27 win at Tottenham ended West Ham's 0-1-7 road stretch. However, they are 0-2-2 at Watford in the Premier League since winning there in March 2000.
Though the Hornets have a chance to do the double over the Hammers after winning 2-0 in the reverse fixture on Dec. 22, they are winless in three straight league games and looking to end the season on a positive note following back-to-back losses to Wolves and at Chelsea. Last Sunday at Stamford Bridge, Watford was level 0-0 at half-time against the Blues, but fell apart as the home side did all their scoring in the second half to win 3-0.
"We have one game left and we are only focused on that," defender Adrian Mariappa told Watford's official website. "We want to get points and finish as high up the table as we can."
Whilst this is the end of Premier League competition for Watford, they still have a date with Manchester City in the FA Cup final on May 18.
Troy Deeney and Gerard Deulofeu share the Watford team lead with 11 goals over all competitions, and each scored against West Ham earlier this season.
Updated May 10, 2019
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Published: 2015-05-28 13:51:00
Updated: 2016-07-13 10:41:59
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