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PREVIEW: Watford vs West Ham – 19/11/17

Watford vs West Ham 

Date: 19/11/17

K.O: 16.00pm

Venue: Vicarage Road

Marco Silva’s Watford host West Ham at Vicarage Road on Sunday, with the game marking David Moyes’ first Premier League game in charge of the Hammers.

Given the recent form and league position of both teams, the winner seems easy to predict. However, the last time I said this was when Watford faced an out of form Everton who had recently lost their manager.

Everton pulled back a spirited home performance to pull a late winner against a good Watford side. This time Watford will hope the fact the Hammers are not at home may stifle the spirited display many teams find when they’ve recently lost a manager.

Watford will also be wary of conceding late goals and will stay vigilant as ever after their loss at Goodison Park. Their inform winger Richarlison will be a large in the attacking and determined Watford midfield, who should on paper steamroll West Ham’s underwhelming middle-men.

West Ham, however, will be desperate to respond from their 4-1 home defeat vs Liverpool before the international breal. The Hammers will hope that with the unquestionable talents of their summer signings will find a new lease of life under David Moyes and an away win against an in form Watford would be a great way to kick-start this momentum after the international break.

It’s difficult to say whether Watford will have learnt from their mistakes up north, but my prediction is they have, and will fight for a difficult three points against a tenacious but ultimately homeless and unfriendly West Ham team.

Predicted starting XI’s:

WAT: Gomes; Femenia, Britos, Kasabele, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucoure; Pereyra, Hughes, Richarlison; Gray.

WHU: Hart; Zabaleta, Reid, Ogbonna, Creswell; Kouyate, Noble, Antonio, Lanzini, Arnautovic, Hernandez.

Prediction: Watford 2 West Ham 1

Written by Sam Hay.

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# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 32 23 5 4 74
2 Manchester United 32 19 9 4 66
3 Leicester City 31 17 5 9 56
4 Chelsea 32 15 10 7 55
5 West Ham United 32 16 7 9 55
6 Liverpool 32 15 8 9 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 32 14 8 10 50
8 Everton 31 14 7 10 49
9 Arsenal 32 13 7 12 46
10 Leeds United 32 14 4 14 46
11 Aston Villa 30 13 5 12 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 11 8 13 41
13 Crystal Palace 31 10 8 13 38
14 Southampton 31 10 6 15 36
15 Newcastle United 32 9 8 15 35
16 Brighton & Hov… 32 7 13 12 34
17 Burnley 32 8 9 15 33
18 Fulham 33 5 12 16 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 5 9 17 24
20 Sheffield United 32 4 2 26 14

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