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Changes expected for Watford clash

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Manuel Pellegrini is expected to make a number of changes to his West Ham side for the game against Watford, according to ExWHUemployee.

The reliable club source claims that the Chilean’s decisions are based on tactical and fitness reasons for the Hammers’ squad after failing to pick up a win in the opening fortnight of the Premier League.

ExWHUemployee revealed the news on his personal Twitter account on Saturday morning, whilst reiterating the point that Sebastien Haller, Mark Noble, and Felipe Anderson are fit to return after missing the away trip to Brighton.

West Ham travel to Vicarage Road for the second time in the space of a few months after beating the Hornets 4-1 on the final day of last season.


This comes as no surprise that changes are expected to the West Ham side on Saturday. Club-record signing, Haller, is surely expected to come back into the starting line up against Watford, with his replacement Javier Hernandez not exactly leading the line to great effect despite scoring the Hammers’ goal. The Mexican averaged 1.5 shots but failed to register a single key pass or complete any dribbles according to WhoScored – something which led to West Ham struggling to consistently keep pressure on the Brighton defence. With West Ham also struggling in defence as well, Noble could easily come into the starting fold against Watford, with the Hammers already conceding six goals in a couple of games. That appears unlikely though, with Football Insider reporting that the captain is set to feature off the bench on Saturday. As for Anderson, new signing Pablo Fornals is slowly forming a great partnership with Manuel Lanzini, which could see the Brazilian struggle to get back into the side instantly.

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