Watford make the short journey to West Ham for a first London derby at the new London Stadium as both clubs attempt to kick-start their seasons following the international break.
So how have both teams started this season, and how will they line up at 3pm on Saturday?
West Ham – Won 1 Lost 2
West Ham have already been knocked out of Europe, and their Europa League qualifying campaign appears to have impacted the Hammers’ start. A late 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on the opening weekend was followed by an underwhelming home win against Bournemouth (1-0). Then, Slaven Bilic’s men were outclassed as a new-look Manchester City dispatched them 3-1 at the Etihad.
Watford – Won 0 Drawn 1 Lost 2
Watford have had a similar slow start to their London rivals. Promising performances have not been matched by results, with a respectable 1-1 opening draw at Southampton followed by derby defeats against Chelsea (2-1) and Arsenal (3-1). The Hornets were also knocked out of the EFL Cup by League One Gillingham.
KEY PLAYERS MISSING:
West Ham’s long injury list has seen summer signing Andre Ayew sidelined until November, alongside injury-room resident Andy Carroll. Aaron Cresswell and Diafra Sakho will also miss out, but Sofiane Feghouli, Havard Nordveit, Manuel Lanzini and talisman Dimitri Payet could all return to the matchday squad.
Watford only have a couple of doubts, but key defender Craig Cathcart is one of them. If the Northern Irishman did miss out, recently re-signed Adrian Mariappa could deputise.
Dimitri Payet is expected to return for West Ham, while Simone Zaza could make his debut. For Watford, Daryl Janmaat, Adrian Mariappa, and Roberto Pereyra are in line to make their first starts.
West Ham (3-5-2)
Adrian; Antonio, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Noble, Kouyate, Payet; Zaza, Valencia.
Gomes; Janmaat, Prodl, Mariappa, Ake; Pereyra, Watson, Suarez, Capoue; Deeney, Ighalo.