Watford v West Ham United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 15, 2017
Vicarage Road - Premier League
Relegation threatened West Ham play their first game under David Moyes, who oversaw the end of Sunderland's 10-year spell in the Premier League in dismal fashion last year. Having failed with Manchester United and in Spain with Real Sociedad Moyes has the luck to face a team who have lost their last three games.
The Hammers have won 25 of the previous meetings compared to just 10 for Watford and only seven draws. Last season at Vicarage Road this tie ended all square at 1-1 with Watford winning 2-0 the season before.
Having picked up a hamstring injury on international duty Javier Hernandez is West Ham’s newest injury doubt. The Hammers are already without Sam Byram and Jose Fonte but may be able to call upon veteran defender James Collins and the influential Michail Antonio.
Moyes sold Younes Kaboul to Watford shortly after starting his last job at Sunderland but Kaboul is not likely to face Moyes’ men as he is on the Hornets injured list along with goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, Roberto Pereyra, Sebastian Prodl and latest doubt Christian Kabasele. Troy Deeney remains suspended.
Watford v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Watford are 7/6 to win with West Ham 3-1 and the draw rated at 51/10
West Ham had lost just two of six games when their board gave Slaven Bilic the bullet so David Moyes inherits a team better than they are given credit for. Unbeaten in four away games including a superb fightback to beat Spurs at Wembley, West Ham are more than capable of improvement.
Watford are in free fall. They have lost their last three including a feeble home defeat to struggling Stoke and they will be wary of the Londoners benefiting from a new manager bounce as they look to impress the new man in charge. That man though is Moyes who did such a bad job at Sunderland and if West Ham fail to pick up points in their first three games under the negative Moyes they may be in for a tough time with games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal on the horizon.
West Ham could continue Watford’s poor form if they get off to a good start but if they lose they are likely to lose badly as limited belief could drain away quickly under a manager more used to failure than success these days.
Watford to be ahead at half time and full time 13/5
Missing key defenders West Ham may struggle early on and not have the inspiration to fight back once they are behind despite their recent come-back against Spurs.
Watford to win 4-1 at 45-1
Should West Ham fall behind they could collapse and easily lose heavily under David Moyes who has to rebuild his damaged reputation.