Watford v West Ham – Vicarage Road at 16:00
Sunday’s only game sees David Moyes take charge of his first game as West Ham United boss. His first task will be taking on Watford and Marco Silva, a manager who was also relegated from the Premier League last year but finds himself in the top-flight once more.
Although both managers were in charge of different sides last season, it is interesting to see that Moyes’ Sunderland beat Silva’s Hull City side. The latter certainly impressed after being appointed to replace Mike Phelan, but a 2-1 defeat to Moyes’ Sunderland resulted in Hull dropping into the relegation zone.
Different teams and different players, but two managers with conflicting styles. Nobody knows how Moyes will make his West Ham side play, but he’s certain to be more defensive than offensive.
West Ham’s defensive problems
The first thing for Moyes to address is the Hammers’ defensive problems. The side has been frail at the back all season, conceding 23 goals in just 11 games. That record gives Moyes’ side the worst defensive record in the Premier League.
Moyes will look to address this, there’s little doubt. He’s already reinforced his backroom staff with Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce, who will no doubt make the Hammers more rigid and aggressive.
Watford’s home record
Boss Marco Silva has certainly impressed once again this season, but his Watford side has found more luck on the road than at their Vicarage Road home.
Whilst an impressive 2-1 victory over Arsenal has been a highlight, Watford has failed to win any other games at home this season.
Away from home, though, the Hornets have been impressive. Wins against Southampton and Bournemouth have been invaluable, as well as a win against Swansea and a draw against West Brom.
The last two games have seen Silva’s side suffer defeats against Stoke and Everton, but the Portuguese will be hoping to bounce back here.
It will be a tight game, there’s little doubt, but ‘new manager syndrome’ might play into West Ham’s hands, with the players out to impress new boss David Moyes.
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