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Kings of the capital? Win at Watford will extend West Ham’s 100 per cent derby record

30 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Kings of the capital? Win at Watford will extend West Ham’s 100 per cent derby record

The Hammers have made their best start to a Premier League season and could move from third to first with a victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday

David Sullivan says it is “not impossible” for West Ham to win the Premier League and FA Cup this season.

That is not going to happen, obviously, but the Hammers’ joint-chairman has invested significant amounts of money and endured enough difficult times at the club to be able to enjoy their impressive run.

And what a run it has been.

West Ham have made their best ever start to a Premier League season, earning 20 points from 10 games.

Slaven Bilic’s side are third in the table and, if other results this weekend are favourable, could go top with a victory at Watford on Saturday.

And while nothing can be done to influence the results of leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal, the Hammers should do their bit at Vicarage Road.

They are unbeaten away from home – winning four and drawing one – while last weekend’s triumph over Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent record in London derbies this campaign.

Having also beaten Arsenal and Crystal Palace, their three victories against near neighbours is already one more than the entirety of last season and they are 15/8 to make that four against the Hornets.

Not only are West Ham winning, but they are doing so in style.

Bilic’s men are the second-highest scorers in the league with 22 – an average of 2.2 per game – and have only failed to score two goals or more on one occasion.

A West Ham win with 3.5 goals is 9/1, while the team that hasn’t kept a clean sheet since the beginning of last month are 4/1 to win with both sides scoring.

Andy Carroll headed in the winner at Upton Park last Saturday and his manager believes that the one-time England international is the country’s best player in the air.

His style is untidy, but the striker has quality and can make an important contribution this season – if he remains fit.

Bilic’s slow reintroduction of Carroll to the first-team is sensible – he played for 20 minutes last weekend – and the 26-year-old is 6/1 to score the last goal of the game.

Not that West Ham’s recent excellence makes defeating Watford a certainty.

Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have enjoyed an accomplished first quarter of the season and are 13th in the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

The Hornets have only claimed a single victory from five home games, but they did end their three-match winless streak at Stoke last time out.

If the Spaniard is to oversee back-to-back victories for the first time this season – they are 6/4 to do so – his players must repeat last week’s clinical display at the Britannia.

Because while Watford have the fifth-best defence, they have scored just eight times this campaign – the joint-fewest in the top flight.

Odion Ighalo has registered five of them and, having created both goals against Stoke, is 6/4 to return to the scoresheet by scoring at any time against West Ham.

Troy Deeney, Ighalo’s strike partner, opened his account for the season by scoring first in that game and the Watford club captain is 5/1 to do so again on Saturday.

The hosts have kept four clean sheets this season and, if they defend resolutely, are good enough to prevent the visitors from claiming a fourth derby win.

It will take a stellar performance, though, for West Ham have a plethora of attacking talent that is causing their chairman – and supporters – to wonder just how much can be achieved this season.

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