David Moyes starts his reign as West Ham United boss on Sunday, hoping to kick start his objective of keeping the Hammers in the Premier League. They travel to a stuttering Watford side who have lost their last three games which has seen them drop from 4th to 9th in the league table.
Watford as stated previous, come into the game off the back of three consecutive losses and now looking down towards the rear end of the table rather than the European places. However, despite the bad run of form, a priceless three points against a beleaguered West Ham United backline would give the Hornets some breathing space and send them in the right direction.
One of the main protagonists for their great start to the season has been their Brazillian sensation Richarlison. The 20 year old has certainly found his form early on in his Premier League campaign with 4 league goals and 2 assists in 12 games and has been a major force in Watford’s games this season. The young Brazilian has been the driving force behind Watford’s excellent start, attracting the interest of a number of big clubs.
Despite their fortunes, Marco Silva’s name has been thrown into the limelight this week as the potential Everton boss. However, this week he has refused to commit his future to the Hornet’s and will only take it game by game. The lure of a 4m-a-year contract and January transfer budget of 70 million pounds could prove a vital sting in the tail for Watford’s hierarchy.
West Ham United start their new life under the reign of new manager David Moyes. The Scotsman is no stranger to the Premier League having enjoyed success at Everton before a miserable year at Old Trafford. His objective as Hammers boss will be certainly to keep the club away from the relegation zone and into mid table mediocrity.
The team have had a bad start to the season, currently sitting in 18th position with only 2 wins to their name and still searching for that 1st elusive away win. The 4-1 loss at home to Liverpool was the final nail in the coffin for Slaven Blilic after being told by his players that he “wasn’t tough enough on them”.
Watford will be without club captain Troy Deeney who serves the second of his three game ban. Centre back Christian Kabasele is to be monitored following a back injury while Heurelho Gomes, Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Prodl and Roberto Pereyra are all doubts.
The visitors are without striker Javier Hernandez after picking up a hamstring injury while on international duty with Mexico in the week. Jose Fonte and Sam Bryan are both doubts after picking up slight knocks however Michael Antonio and James Collins are pushing for returns after returning from injury.
If past results between the two are anything to go by then Watford should have a fair win and maintain their good start to the season. The Hornets have only lost 1 out of their last 6 games against the Hammers and should go into this with a lot of confidence. It will be interesting to see how Moyes approaches this first game. He has the players and artillery to impose himself on the game but how will his players respond?
Prediction: Watford 3 West Ham 0