West Ham v Watford - Saturday 15:00
West Ham haven’t started the season quite as they’d like, gaining just three points from their first three games and being dumped out of Europe by Astra Giurgiu. However, it must be considered that the games they’ve lost in the league came against title contenders Man City and Chelsea, whilst Slaven Bilic’s side hasn’t played badly either and have had injuries to key players such as Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini. Both are back this weekend against Watford and there should also be a debut for new arrival Simone Zaza.
Watford secured survival comfortably last year with an excellent first half of the season, but the early signs are that they will struggle like they have since the start of 2016. Strikers Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo have both failed to score in Watford’s three Premier League games so far, and neither have bullied defenders in quite the same way as they did early on last term. However, Watford continue to find goals from somewhere, with both teams having scored in seven of their last eight matches.
The same has happened in 11 of West Ham’s last 13 games and as a result we’re backing West Ham/both teams to score at 4.2.
It is difficult to know exactly how Watford will line-up, though we do know that they will play with a back three. Younes Kaboul will need to improve upon his showing against Arsenal, where a player of his experience should have displayed better leadership and organisation.
Nordin Amrabat impressed down the right going forward and would be unlucky to lose his place to new signing Daryl Janmaat for this game. However, the Netherlands defender is a better fit at wing-back for Mazzarri’s system. Roberto Pereyra may well come in for Adlene Guedioura in midfield to add creativity to the side.