Watford vs West Ham United

This entry was posted on Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Gold for Silva. Mud for Moyes

Has there ever been a more baffling managerial love-in than old Marco Silva (Paul Merson and Phil Thompson aside.) Relegation at Hull City (when Paul Clement managed to keep Swansea up comfortably from an equally doom-laden position) followed by an early-season run with Watford, as if the early season hasn’t been filled with all sorts of average clubs going well. Brighton are currently ahead of them in the table. They even lost to Everton! And yet Silva is the new Mourinho.

Poor old David Moyes by contrast is a disaster, yet only four years ago, was seen as the natural successor to and by the greatest manager of all time. The football world is a fickle one indeed.

A big game than on Sunday, as David Moyes will know the importance of going to winnable places like this, and winning, given the disaster that is West Ham’s record at the Olympic Stadium.

We don’t expect Moyes’ football to be pretty – it was never at Everton – and in Andy Carroll he may have found his 2017 version of 2005’s Tim Cahill. And one suspects their particularly exuberant brand of football may be the right one, on what will be a cold, dank afternoon at Vicarage Road. It would be a surprise if Richarlison enjoyed the conditions as much as Carroll.

We can’t see the Hammers losing this one, and would therefore recommend laying Watford at 2.18 on the Betfair exchange.

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