Watford secured a huge win against Chelsea, can they kick on against another London club?
West Ham v Watford – Saturday 15:00
Watford have taken four points from games with Stoke and Chelsea under Javi Gracia, but the former still reside within the relegation zone, while the Blues are struggling for form at the moment and were reduced to 10 men after half an hour. They should have a more difficult time away at the Hammers who have lost just one of their seven home games under David Moyes, drawing four of these games, and we think the stalemate is the most likely outcome again.
Watford’s clean sheet at Stoke was just their second in 11 road trips, with the other coming at goal-shy Newcastle, but Gracia comes with a reputation of making teams disciplined and well organized. The Hammers lost 3-1 last week but only once has Moyes seen his side concede more than a single goal at home and we’d expect them to put forward a better effort here. However, with Lanzini out and Arnautovic still a doubt their attack looks particularly mediocre. Both teams have found the net in just half their last 12 matches when Lanzini has been missing and we fancy both teams to keep things relatively tight.
In the absence of Lanzini and Carroll, the burden of scoring for the hosts will fall on the shoulders of Javier Hernandez. Chicharito has two goals and an assist in his last three games, and given Watford have conceded first in each of their last four road trips across all competitions in which there was at least one goal, we’re siding with him to open the scoring.