Watford could make it an unhappy return to the dugout for Moyes
New Hammers boss set for losing start
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The Hammers’ trip to Hertfordshire will be Moyes' 500th game in charge as a Premier League manager but his experience may do little to change his side's fortunes against the free-scoring Hornets, who will see this as a perfect chance to snap a three-match losing sequence.
Moyes lasted just ten months in charge of Manchester United and subsequently struggled at Real Sociedad and Sunderland. It may take time for the Scot to prove he was a risk worth taking at West Ham, particularly with star striker Javier Hernandez set for a spell on the sidelines.
Chicharito, who suffered a hamstring injury playing for Mexico against Belgium in Brussels on Friday, has notched four of West Ham’s 11 league goals and without him spearheading their frontline the Hammers lack pace, guile and potency.
Andy Carroll’s inclusion will provide them with a target man and make them a danger from set-pieces but he has failed to net in seven appearances this term and has plenty to prove.
Watford, who threw away a two-goal lead when going down to Everton before the international break, will know this is an excellent opportunity to rediscover the winning feeling.
Only the big-six teams have netted more than the Hornets this season and in Brazilian sensation Richarlison, who has chalked up four goals from 11 starts, they have a man capable of terrorising a fragile Hammers backline.
Moyes is likely to go back to basics but with Hernandez crocked their goal threat looks in short supply and their defence, who have shipped 11 goals in their last four matches, should be punished.
1pt 11-10 general
Heurelho Gomes is fit again, while Christian Kabasele, Sebastian Prodl and Roberto Pereyra could return. Younes Kaboul remains out and Troy Deeney is suspended.
Javier Hernandez is out but Michail Antonio may feature. Pablo Zabaleta returns from suspension and Winston Reid is available.
Watford have scored two or more goals in six of their last eight league games.
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