First Team 10/05/2019

Team News: West Ham United

By Kevin Affleck

Étienne Capoue has shrugged off the minor groin complaint that kept him out of the game against Chelsea and is set to return for the final game of the season at home to West Ham United on Sunday.

The newly-crowned Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season missed a game through injury for the first time this season last week after straining his groin in the home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. The news came as a blow, especially with the FA Cup final on the horizon, but the medical team have nursed him back to full fitness and he’s ready to go against the Hammers at Vicarage Road.

“We recovered Capoue last week and he will be available,” said Javi Gracia. “He deserves the recognition of the award. He’s played really well and has been very important for us. Everybody knows he’s an amazing player but I think this season he was able to keep consistent, keep his level and show his level the whole season.”

Watford's Player of the Season will be available to play in the final Premier League game of the campaign

Gracia is only without Sebastian Prödl and Domingos Quina this weekend, giving him the opportunity to rest some weary legs but there appears to be no chance of the Head Coach doing that. He won’t be wrapping anyone in cotton wool. 

“You can’t think like that,” he said. “It doesn’t help. Players get injured all the time but what can I do? Tell the players not to train, tell nobody move, tell nobody to move, tell everybody to go to stay at home and go to bed and then you will be ready? This is not true. They won’t be ready this way. We have to do the same behaviour as we have always done.”

Gracia wants his players to play with the foot to the floor against West Ham, like they did in the second half against Fulham leading up to the FA Cup semi-final.

“There is no other way to prepare, no better way,” he said. “It is to play well in this game. West Ham is playing very well and players like Anderson, like Arnautović can make the difference in every single game. We have to be ready for that, thinking not only about the result. The result will be a consequence of good play. After the game is finished we have time to prepare for the final. I know it’s a special game, I know it, but the best way is to train every day and play as well as possible.”

First Team 10/05/2019

FA Cup Final: Important Eticket & Ticket Collection Information

This information is for those supporters who have already purchased their tickets who are yet to receive them, not for those who have yet to purchase.

For supporters who have requested an eticket, please read the below information carefully:

FA Cup final e-tickets will begin to be sent from Monday May 13 at 2pm – keep an eye on your emails if you have already requested an e-ticket.

If you lose your ticket(s) in the meantime, you can request an e-ticket by emailing with the subject title ‘FA Cup Final: E-Ticket Request’ up until Friday May 17 at 2pm – after this time, you will need to notify us of your lost ticket(s) and collect paper tickets on matchday from the West Ticket Office at Wembley Stadium.

For supporters that wish to collect a paper match ticket, please read the below information carefully:

If you have requested paper tickets before Thursday May 16 at 3pm, your ticket can be collected from the Ticket Office at Vicarage Road Stadium from Friday May 17 at 12pm. The Ticket Office will remain open up until 7.30pm on that day.

If you do not collect in this time-frame, your tickets will be taken to Wembley Stadium, to be picked-up on matchday from the West Ticket Office.

If you request a paper ticket after Thursday May 16 at 3pm, you will need to collect from the West Ticket Office on matchday.

Please Note: Once you have requested a duplicate ticket; e-tickets or paper ticket, you will need to use these to gain entrance into Wembley Stadium – if your original tickets turn up, these will NOT be valid for entry.

The West Ticket Office will be open from 1pm and remain open until 5pm (kick-off) and will promptly close at this time.