West Ham vs Watford: Premier League match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more
West Ham United will be looking to win their fifth consecutive Premier League game on Saturday afternoon but must pit their wits against a tricky Watford outfit.
Wins against Newcastle, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham have no doubt give the Hammers confidence but the Hornets are set to be a truer test after ending their poor form with a triumph against Cardiff.
If Manuel Pellegrini’s side do have top-half ambitions they will need to put away Javi Gracia’s visiting forces but with rotation and injures affecting both sides it a match which proves hard to call.
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What the managers are saying
Manuel Pellegrini (West Ham): “I know that we need to replace players that probably will not play much more this season like (Andriy) Yarmolenko, (Carlos) Sanchez, (Manuel) Lanzini, so we are calm, we will decide not now what we are going to do but we will decide.”
Javi Gracia (Watford): “They have won four games in a row and they are playing well, but I think we are ready to compete against them, just like we are ready to compete against all the teams.
“We know they are full of confidence and they are in a good moment, but we don’t feel different. We usually keep the same attitude in all our games and play as we know we can.
“It’s no different to us playing against Everton in the last away game. We are ready to compete.”
Jack Wilshere will again be missing for West Ham and, while striker Lucas Perez could return from a foot injury, Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid remain sidelined.
Etienne Capoue returns from suspension for Watford but Will Hughes (hip), Andre Gray (leg), Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Adalberto Penaranda (foot) remain sidelined for the Hornets.
West Ham United XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Masuaku, Balbeuna, Diop; Snodgrass, Noble, Rice, Anderson; Antonio, Hernandez
Watford XI: Foster; Femenia, Holebas, Cathcart, Kabasele; Capoue, Quina; Sema, Pereyra; Deeney, Deulofeu
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