Preview - Watford vs West Ham United 24 August 19

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Aug 23, 2019, 07:41 AM Last Edit: Aug 25, 2019, 02:54 AM by Harry85
Match Day 3
Watford vs. West Ham United
Saturday, August 24th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Vicarage Road

Last five matches form: L L L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.55
Top Scorer (18/19): Gerard Deulofeu (10)

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: W W W L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.37
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.45
Top Scorer (18/19): Felipe Anderson (9)

Two sides without a win in the league so far this season do battle at Vicarage Road on Match Day 3, as Watford play host to West Ham United.

Both games between these sides resulted in an away win last season; Watford winning 2-0 at the London Stadium and West Ham coming away with a 4-1 success in this game.

Watford will be without talismanic forward Troy Deeney in this one in addition to Adalberto PeƱaranda. It is hoped recorded signing Ismaila Sarr may be fit enough to take his place in the squad for the first time. Key man Felipe Anderson may be back for West Ham who have no confirmed absentees at present.

Watford flew out of the traps last season, but have done the opposite in 2019. Hammered at home by Brighton on the opening day, they were only marginally better in a 1-0 defeat at Everton last week.

West Ham were annihilated on the opening day at home to Man City, but at least steadied the ship to a degree with a draw at Brighton last weekend.

We haven't liked what we have seen from Watford so far this season, with the Hornets without a goal and without a point after two games. They surely will improve at some point, but it might not be here, facing a West Ham side who are well set up to play on the road.

Prediction: Watford 1 - 3 West Ham United


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  11 - 11
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 8 - 7
Possession: 54% - 46%

One booking for each side at Vicarage Road, with referee Christopher Kavanagh taking the names of Jose Holebas of the home side and Angelo Ogbonna of West Ham.

This did look as though it may be the type of game in which West Ham thrive - coming up against a side who attack, but aren't particularly potent in front of goal, and themselves making the most of the space afforded to them - and that's how it panned out on the day as Watford's rotten start to the season continued.

The Hammers had their noses in front after just three minutes here. Manuel Lanzini sent tumbling in the area as he looked to cut back onto his right and get a shot away and the referee pointing to the spot. Mark Noble stepping up to coolly convert into the bottom left.

Watford did grow into the game and had already gone close to an equaliser through a Gerard Deulofeu effort against the bar prior to drawing themselves level in the 17th minute. Will Hughes picking out the run of Andre Gray to play the forward in in the right of the area. Gray finishing smartly into the bottom left corner. And that's the way it stayed until the break, although the Hammers did strike the post with a headed effort from a corner.

19 minutes into the second half West Ham took the lead. Good work from Felipe Anderson to break towards the by-line on the left before picking out Sebastian Haller with a ball across the six-yard box. Simple tap in for Haller for his first Premier League goal

It was Haller who then made sure of the points in the 73rd minute. Michail Antonio getting on the end of a corner at the near post, but seeing his headed effort come back off the crossbar. Haller was on hand to finish with an overhead kick from three yards. 1-3 final score.

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