Kick-off: 1500, 22/12/2018
Stadium: London Stadium
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What Trueform says for West Ham vs Watford
West Ham have rattled off four straight Premier League wins and look worthy favourites to extend that sequence when Watford visit London Stadium.
The Hornets have put in a few encouraging displays of late but will need to do more than when just holding on to beat Cardiff at Vicarage Road last weekend.
We’re firmly behind the Hammers here and are snapping up 5/4 for United to prevail as our first West Ham vs Watford prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham have fully capitalised on a kind run of fixtures, following up triumphs over Newcastle, Cardiff and Crystal Palace by winning 2-0 at Fulham.
Lukasz Fabianski was in fine form to keep a clean sheet against the Cottagers, while Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio did the damage at the other end.
Defender Fabian Balbuena paid tribute to manager Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking philosophy, which seems to now be paying dividends following a slow start to the season.
“We work as a big team and try to play as a big team in the games,” Balbuena told West Ham TV. “Of course, the mentality of the manager is important.
“He transmits the mentality of a winner and all the guys recognise that philosophy and try to do our job very well – and on the pitch try to win games.”
The Hammers seem to have an abundance of self-belief right now, epitomised by the resurgence of Robert Snodgrass, who appeals at 15/4 to score for a third straight game in the West Ham vs Watford odds.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Diop, Masuaku, Felipe Anderson, Snodgrass, Noble, Antonio, Rice, Hernandez.
Jack Wilshere will once again be missing with an ankle problem. Striker Lucas Perez could return from a foot injury but Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini, Ryan Fredericks, Carlos Sanchez and Winston Reid remain sidelined.
A Look At Watford’s Betting Odds
Watford finished strongly in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City and were within seconds of victory when drawing 2-2 at Everton, so they were not winning out of turn when beating Cardiff.
The Hornets led 3-0 after 68 minutes against the Bluebirds thanks to goals from the impressive Gerard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas and Quina.
However, Junior Hoilett and Bobby Reid replied for City to set up a tense finish, although Javi Gracia insisted he knew his team would see out victory.
The Spaniard said: “I was confident in my players. I thought in that moment we would manage well the game.
“It will be a lesson for us to learn in the future, to manage the different situations; don’t put in danger the result we have.
“We have played many games recently and we didn’t get the reward maybe we deserved. We deserved the victory here.”
The Hornets have the energy and enthusiasm to pose problems going forward, but we still prefer 17/2 for a 2-1 home win to finish off our West Ham vs Watford betting tips.
Last Watford line-up: Foster, Cathcart, Kiko, Holebas, Kabasele, Sema, Doucoure, Quina, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney.
Etienne Capoue returns from suspension, but Will Hughes (hip), Andre Gray (leg), Sebastian Prodl (knee) and Adalberto Penaranda (foot) remain sidelined for the Hornets.
Fulham 0-2 WEST HAM – Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio
WATFORD 3-2 Cardiff – Gerard Deulofeu, Jose Holebas, Quina
Head-to-head: West Ham 2-0 Watford, Watford 2-0 West Ham, Watford 1-1 West Ham, West Ham 2-4 Watford, West Ham 3-1 Watford, Watford 2-0 West Ham
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