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    Watford v West Ham: Match Preview

    By Alex Easley
    Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores is aiming for back-to-back victories when West Ham visit on Saturday.
    Watford will be hoping to improve their goal scoring form when West Ham visit Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.

    The Hornets have struggled for goals, managing just eight in their 10 Premier League games thus far, the joint-lowest league.

    Two of those eight came last weekend as Quique Sanchez Flores’ side won 2-0 at Stoke to end a run of three matches without a victory.

    Watford skipper Troy Deeney finally scored his first goal of the season at the Britannia while striker partner Odion Ighalo is the clud’s leading scorer with five goals to his name.

    Head coach Flores has this to say: "For me, at this moment, Troy Deeney is really good. From the first moment in this league he played like a striker.

    "Now he is settled, he has put in good performances. His impact on the team is very important. The team-mates, they say, it's perfect for us because our strikers finally score."

    West Ham, however, will be aiming to continue their very impressive away form, having already gained victories at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City to climb up to third in the Premier League.

    They also beat the defending champions Chelsea at Upton Park in their last game last weekend and are currently the second-highest scores in the league behind Manchester City.

    Hammers manager Slaven Bilic said on Andy Carroll: "His quality, as I said 20 times, was never an issue. When he is fit he is capable of everything.

    "We are good in the air without Carroll - we have Diafra Sakho and Nikica Jelavic who are good in the air. But with that he is maybe the best in England - definitely when he is fit.

    "If the good balls come in an area where he is, it is almost impossible to mark him."
    West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says striker Andy Carroll's quality was never an issue.
    TEAM NEWS

    Flores is hoping Jose Manuel Jurado, who has been missing with a hamstring strain, may be fit in time to face the Hammers.

    Ex-West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami will be pushing for a start after coming off the bench last weekend following a calf injury, while Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban remain out.
    Valon Behrami is pushing for a start against his old side.
    The Hammers could welcome back defender Winston Reid for Saturday's clash with Watford, the New Zealand international missed the win over Chelsea with a thigh problem but could be involved for the Hammers when they travel to Vicarage Road.

    Victor Moses is also back after being ineligible against his parent club but Alex Song is still missing while boss Slaven Bilic has to decide whether to hand last weekend's match-winner Andy Carroll his first start since January.

    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    Watford have only won one of the last 22 league meetings (D4, L17)

    The last meeting at Vicarage Road ended 4-0 to the Hammers in a Championship match in August 2011.

    Watford

    Watford's tally of one home goal this season is the lowest in the Premier League.

    Their victory over Stoke City last time out was their first in a Premier League game in the month of October (W1, D4, L6).

    They have won one of their last four games (D1, L2).

    Odion Igahalo has been involved in Watford's last seven Premier League goals, scoring five and setting up two.

    West Ham

    West Ham have the best away record in the Premier League this season (W4, D1).

    Their tally of 12 away goals is also a league-high.

    Twenty points from 10 games represents West Ham's best-ever Premier League start.

    They are undefeated in their last seven matches (W5, D2), one short of their best-ever Premier League unbeaten run of eight games.


    K.O. 3PM 31/10/2015
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