David Moyes makes his West Ham bow, as he takes his new club to Vicarage Road to face Watford in the Super Sunday match.

 

Team News

Watford could have Heurelho Gomes back in goal, having recovered from a gashed head against Everton last time out.

Defender, Christian Kabasele has overcome a back injury and is expected to feature alongside the returning Roberto Pereyra.

Younes Kaboul remains out with thigh issues whilst Troy Deeney continues to serve a ban.

West Ham will be missing Javier Hernandez with a hamstring problem.

Winger, Michail Antonio has a similar injury but could still make the squad.

Pablo Zabaleta is returning from suspension here whilst Winston Reid is expected to feature, despite only returning to London on Friday from international duty.

 

Form

After an strong start, the Hornets have gone off boil as of late, losing their last three league games.

West Ham are in similar form but managed a draw against Crystal Palace at end of October in that period.

Home wise, Watford have only recorded one victory which came against another London rival in the form of Arsenal (2-1). They have drawn and lost two of their five home matches so far this season.

Moyes will be pleased to know that West Ham has a decent away record, having taken three points from six games on the road.

They lost their first three away trips but have drawn last three so a win is surely due.

 

Anything can happen

Both teams have been outperformed by their opposition home/away respectively, meaning that anything could happen here. 

The graphics from Footstats.co.uk demonstrates the poor home (Watford on right) and away (West Ham on left) performances in nearly every area compared to their opposition so far this season.

The Hammers’ discipline however is worse, having averaged two yellow and red cards per away game to Watford’s average of 1.4 yellow cards and one red card.

Those stats suggest this will be a dire game meaning that its worth comparing the actual numbers of both teams rather than vs opposition. 

West Ham have more shots but less on target than Watford do, which translates to a lower goal average than their hosts. 

 

Prediction

The stats don’t make for good reading prediction wise and Watford are unbeaten in five of the last six meetings in this fixture. 

Since the end of last season, both teams have struggled home/ away respectively so I am going to go for a draw here. 

Prediction: Watford 1-1 West Ham 

Jake predicts: Watford 1-1 West Ham

Result: Watford 2-0 West Ham 

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