On Tuesday, the English Premier League finally returns. The weekend will be limited to cup games, but the midweek programme will be unusually rich in Foggy Albion. It starts with not the most touted of London derbies: West Ham take on Watford. Moyes v Hodgson – which of the APL coaching veterans will be stronger this time? The analytical department of the website makes a prediction for the match on February 8, 2022. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet eu.
West Ham are starting to give up on their usual rivals
“The Hammers” already last season surprised the desire to fight for high places – only at the very end of that draw was missed the 4th final position. But the dream of the Champions League seems to be alive and well. And the London club have been clinging to that coveted zone for quite some time in the new draw. However, before the break for the national team games, the team’s fortunes took a turn for the worse with a couple of defeats. First, it was 2-3 at home to Leeds. Then the Hammers lost to Manchester United in a hard-fought game, conceding the only goal at Old Trafford in the 93rd minute. And Sixth Division side Kidderminster only got the better of them in the cup on Saturday in the 121st minute.
Watford change mentor once again
The Hornets have clearly missed out on the decision to select Claudio Ranieri as their manager. Having said that, this time he got quite a “playable” team from Munoz, who made a good start, and there was enough for a couple of bright new mentors. But overall, the Italian, it must be admitted, for all his legendaryness (Leicester!), has led the club into a stalemate, leaving them in penultimate place in the APL. Only 1 point has been taken in the last 8 rounds, at the expense of a draw with the division’s other underdog, Newcastle. And the last game for Ranieri was the encounter with Norwich, hopelessly lost by them 0-3. Taking advantage of the fact that then came a break for the national team games, the club bosses have made another rotation, inviting another experienced specialist – Hodgson. By the way, “Old Roy” has worked here before. He made his debut against Burnley on Saturday and it ended in a nil draw, although the visitors from London were no less active at Turf Moor than the Clarets.
West Ham have won all of their last 4 games, consistently scoring a lot. This included a 4-1 win just before New Year’s Eve at the Hornets.
Both clubs need success, a win, albeit for different goals. We’ll take the odds on both sides to win (1.86).