Kick-off: 1500, 24/08/2019
Stadium: Vicarage Road
Watford have made a poor start to the season and are under pressure to get their first points on the board when they host West Ham.
The Hornets ended last season in poor form with the distraction of the FA Cup final used as an excuse but two defeats in their opening two matches is a worry.
West Ham have only managed one point and one goal themselves so confidence could be in short supply here and under 2.5 goals at 11/10 is our first Watford vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford started last season with four wins in a row but ended it on a three-game losing run, meaning they are hoping to avoid a sixth successive top-flight defeat.
The Hornets were blown away 3-0 by Brighton on the opening weekend while they remain without a goal after Bernard’s 10th-minute strike handed Everton a 1-0 win last Saturday.
There were some signs of improvement at least, with Craig Dawson heading against the crossbar while Troy Deeney went through only to be denied when his shot struck Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the face.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster said: “The confidence in our team is OK. It’s not as high as it has been. At the start of last season we got four wins on the bounce so confidence was going to be sky-high.
“At the moment, it’s not a problem but once we start getting those goals and start getting those wins, it could go higher.”
Until results improve, we’re not keen on backing the Hornets but think they have enough quality to earn a draw at 13/5 as the second of our Watford vs West Ham betting tips.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Dawson, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Doucoure, Hughes, Capoue, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Watford captain Troy Deeney had a knee operation on Thursday and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks.
Danny Welbeck and Ismaila Sarr could feature for Javi Gracia but Roberto Pereyra (thigh) and Abdoulaye Doucoure (ankle) are doubts.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will hope to have more attacking options at his disposal for the trip to Vicarage Road.
Record signing Sebastien Haller and Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson both missed last week’s 1-1 draw at Brighton through injury but could make quick returns.
The Hammers failed to manage a shot on target until Manuel Lanzini sent Javier Hernandez through on goal to fire them ahead just after the hour but the lead lasted only three minutes and Pellegrini felt a draw was “a fair result”.
Pellegrini said after the game: “It was important not to lose a second game in a row. We know Hernandez can score and we have a lot of players that were coming back from injury last season.”
It may take time for West Ham to click into gear, though, and a second successive 1-1 draw on the road at 25/4 completes our selections from the Watford vs West Ham odds.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Fornals, Wilshere, Rice, Hernandez.
West Ham are set to be boosted by the return of captain Mark Noble, who has missed the opening two matches with a calf problem.
Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson will also be available after they were ruled out of last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Brighton through injury.
Midfielder Jack Wilshere is likely to be in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad despite failing to participate in the second half against Brighton.
Everton 1-0 WATFORD
Brighton 1-1 WEST HAM – Javier Hernandez
Head-to-head: Watford 1-4 West Ham, West Ham 0-2 Watford, West Ham 2-0 Watford, Watford 2-0 West Ham, Watford 1-1 West Ham, West Ham 2-4 Watford
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