TV pundit Mark Lawrenson believes West Ham will continue to struggle on the road against Watford. The Hammers won just six of their 19 matches away from home last campaign, and the former Liverpool defender thinks they won’t get any points at Vicarage Road this weekend:
“These are two teams who have not won a game yet. I always think West Ham struggle on the road too. The Hammers will be fine but it will take some time.”
Lawrenson is predicting a 2-1 win for the Hornets. That may be a surprise considering Javi Gracia’s side have a number of injury problems heading into the match.
Captain Troy Deeney has been ruled out for a number of weeks after undergoing knee surgery, while two other senior players, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Roberto Pereyra, are major doubts for the game.
Considering Watford also lost their opening home game to Brighton 3-0, and lost their second match against Everton last weekend, West Ham are certainly playing them at the right time.
Lawrenson doesn’t believe the Hammers will take advantage of the situation, but they certainly have a better chance of getting a result than they otherwise might have done.