Watford - West Ham United preview: The Kings on the road to extend unbeaten run?

The unbeaten kings on the road, West Ham United, travel to Watford for their 3pm kick-off at Vicarage Road to see if they can continue their fine run of seven games unbeaten in the Premier League.  

With the club sitting only two points off of Manchester City, it has been a fine start to Premier League life for West Ham and Slaven Bilic, recently having beaten Chelsea - the Champions - with consummate ease last weekend - confidence will be fever pitch around East London. 

Watford meanwhile have looked impressive at times, and, have looked to be the most positive out of the three recently promoted clubs - undeniably the one which looks most likely to beat the drop this season. Quique Flores has quite remarkably kept the club progressing despite the huge turnaround in playing staff over the summer and has his side playing well, despite many only having been at the club together for four months. 

Watford will come into this after an impressive away win at Stoke City, whilst West Ham as touched on come into this after a thoroughly impressive home win against Chelsea. With both clubs in high confidence, and West Ham especially in fine form, it will be intriguing to see how the game pans out.         

What the managers said

Slaven Bilic; Encapsulating the reason why the club is doing so well; "...the quality of the players, the team spirit, our pattern of working hard, we are respecting the opponents but not fearing them." 

On the charm offensive again; "I rate Quique very highly, not only his past as a player but also as a coach...We will have to be on top of our game in order to win. 

Quiqe Flores; On clubs progression in the Premier League; "We are working well, the results are really good, but we are still working very hard with the idea to improve every time." 

The feeling's obviously mutual; "We respect a lot Slaven Bilic, the coach, and we respect a lot the players, but we are confident we can reach our objective." 

What the players said 

Ikechi Anya; Watford winger has also had his say on the Hammer's brilliant form: "They've been brilliant," says the Scottish international.

"Their results, especially against the top four, have been incredible."  

When asked whether the East London side could sneak into the top four, he simply replied "Why not?"  

Andy Carroll; The England striker on the philosophy that Bilic has instilled into the players for every game. The West Ham forward is wary that "every team in the Premier League can beat you," even the sides that have just been promoted.

On the possibility of continuing his goal-scoring now fit and firing; "another winner on Saturday? That would be nice, wouldn’t it."

Team News

Watford: The only absentee for the Hornet's continues to be the long-term injured Swede, Joel Ekstrandt

West Ham: Victor Moses is eligible again, after missing out against his parent club last weekend. Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid are also fit and ready to start, so it will be interesting to see how much Bilic changes his defence with all four CBs fit again. 

The game comes too quick for the return of Alex Song to the squad. 

Probable Starting XI's

Watford; Gomes. Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake. Watson, Capoue, Abdi, Deeney, Anya. Ighalo. 

West Ham; Adrian. Jenkinson, Tomkins, Collins, Cresswell. Noble, Kouyate, Lanzini, Payet, Moses. Sakho.