Watford vs. West Ham: Premier League – Match Preview

West Ham make the short trip to Watford in Saturday’s evening Premier League fixture.

Watford were beaten at Old Trafford in their last Premier League match, with Manchester United easing to a comfortable fixture.

Goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial extended United’s unbeaten run in the league.

West Ham United shared four goals with West Brom in an eventful fixture at the Olympic Stadium.

A last minute Gareth McAuley header earned the Baggies a point, despite a dominant display from the hosts.

Premier League form: Watford W2 D2 L1; West Ham W3 D1 L1
Premier League top scorers
Watford – Troy Deeney 7 goals
West Ham – Michail Antonio 8 goals

Match history
Watford produced an amazing recovery in the meeting earlier in the season as they battled from two goals down to win 4-2.

Last five meetings (Premier League unless stated)
West Ham 2 Watford 4 – 10/09/16
West Ham 3 Watford 1 – 20/04/16
Watford 2 West Ham 0 – 31/10/15
West Ham 1 Watford 1 (Championship) – 07/03/12
Watford 0 West Ham 4 (Championship) – 16/08/11

Both teams to score – 4/5 with Stan James

Team news
Roberto Pereyra remains out injured for Watford, meaning loanee Tom Cleverley will continue.

New signing M’Baye Niang has impressed since arriving at Vicarage Road and will start from a right wing role.

Andy Carroll could be fit enough for the bench here, with Michail Antonio likely to deputise again in an unfamiliar forward role.

Aaron Cresswell has a minor niggle but should start from left full-back again.

Expected starting XI’s
Watford (4-3-3): Gomes; Cathcart, Kaboul, Prodl, Holebas; Capoue, Behrami, Cleverley; Niang, Deeney, Zarate
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Randolph; Kouyate, Fonte, Reid, Cresswell; Noble, Obiang; Feghouli, Snodgrass, Lanzini; Antonio

Predictions

Result: Draw (23/10 with Paddy Power)

Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with William Hill)

Anytime Goalscorer: Troy Deeney (2/1 with Stan James)

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