Aston Villa’s failure to beat Everton on Thursday evening means West Ham United can secure survival with a victory over Watford on Friday night.

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Bournemouth’s defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday, followed by Villa’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, means a West Ham win will give the Hammers an unassailable six-point gap given their vastly superior goal difference.

The match is effectively a relegation play-off for the Hammers.

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Last gasp Everton goal opens the door for West Ham

Now it is over to David Moyes and his side to do their bit.

Defeat for West Ham against Watford would put the east Londoners under extreme pressure with a trip to Manchester United up next.

A draw would not do either side much good given the remaining fixtures.

Watford have Manchester City and Arsenal in their remaining games.

Villa have Arsenal and that potentially huge trip to West Ham on the final day.

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Survival Friday is ON for Hammers

But West Ham will hope there is nothing riding on that final game for them.

 

The Hammers beat Watford 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.

Home advantage has been eroded by playing behind closed doors. But West Ham go into the game off the back of a confidence-boosting 4-0 win over Norwich City.

Moyes has been making very public his desire to stay at West Ham long term.

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Over to you Moyes

The Scot wants to build a new-look Hammers team around young, hungry players.

West Ham fans have been given a glimpse of what that might look like with the excellent signings of Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen.

But now it is over to Moyes and his players to make good on their pledge to give the fans a Premier League club to come back to next season.

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