West Ham United fans know the permutations of tonight’s game against Watford only too well.

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West Ham know a win over relegation rivals Watford this evening will secure survival in the Premier League.

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

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West Ham and the £120m game

It is effectively a play-off final for West Ham with survival in the top flight worth at least £120 million.

West Ham go into the game off the back of a confidence-boosting 4-0 win over Norwich last weekend.

But Watford have won their last two games too.

Hammers boss David Moyes could have Felipe Anderson back on the bench for the game.

But it is expected to come too soon for Robert Snodgrass who has returned to training.

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Moyes faces Haller conundrum

Moyes is facing a conundrum over his approach against Watford, though, and particularly the inclusion of Sebastien Haller.

The £45million French striker has barely featured for West Ham since the restart due to injury.

As a result Michail Antonio has played up front on his own, to great effect.


West Ham fans want to see Moyes go for the win against the Hornets and many feel Haller should come in up front alongside powerhouse Antonio.

Haller also has good memories of playing Watford having scored two against them in a 3-1 win on his debut at the start of the season.

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Two up top or keep a winning team? Moyes set to stick not twist

They say never change a winning team. But Watford are much more compact, organised and resolute than Norwich.

And they will be fighting for their lives too given they have Manchester City and Arsenal to finish the season.

Moyes looks likely to name an unchanged side, though, with the same starting XI that beat Norwich.

That means Antonio up front on his own. But don’t be surprised if Haller joins him up top after half-time if things aren’t going West Ham’s way.

Predicted West Ham starting XI vs Watford:

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Noble, Bowen, Fornals, Antonio.

Come. On. You. Irons.

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