Preview - Watford



What’s the story?

West Ham United return following the first international break of the season on Saturday when they welcome Watford to London Stadium.
The Hammers are looking to make it two wins from two in the Premier League at their new home, following a single-goal victory over AFC Bournemouth last time out.
Defeats to Astra Giurgiu in the UEFA Europa League and Manchester City followed that Michail Antonio-inspired win against the Cherries, but Slaven Bilic and his team will be confident of getting back on track following the two-week hiatus in league action.
Eleven first teamers went away on international duty after the Etihad Stadium assignment, and Bilic was happy to welcome back all eleven fit and ready to take on the Hornets.
Watford come to east London with a new manager at the helm for the 2016/17 season, following the appointment of Italian Walter Mazzarri in the summer.
Mazzarri, who was previously in charge at the likes of Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter Milan, took over the reins from Quique Sanchez Flores, who led Watford to an FA Cup semi-final and mid-table in the Premier League in their first season back at the top table.
Watford were active in the summer transfer market, with Juventus winger Roberto Pereyra, Newcastle United full-back Daryl Jaanmat, Younes Kaboul from Sunderland, Nigerian youngster Isaac Success and Italy international Stefano Okaka among their arrivals.
Having also kept hold of strike duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney, who notched 28 league goals between them last term, the Hertfordshire team will be hoping for another successful campaign – although they have taken just one point from their opening three games.

Team news

Slaven Bilic will welcome back several of his attacking players to the fold for the visit of Watford, with Dimitri Payet set to start a game for the first time this season.
The 29-year-old played twice for France over the international break, creating several chances for his teammates after coming off the bench in their 0-0 draw with Belarus.
Simone Zaza could make his debut after signing from Juventus as the transfer deadline approached, while Alvaro Arbeloa has also arrived since the Hammers were last in action.
Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew, Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell remain injured, but the boss has an otherwise fit squad to choose from.

Any links between the two?

Watford midfielder Valon Behrami was a Hammer between 2008 and 2011, playing 58 league games for the Club  during that time.

The 31-year-old Switzerland international went on to play for Fiorentina, Napoli and Hamburg before joining the Hornets in 2015.
Last season the Hammers were defeated 2-0 at Vicarage Road, but gained revenge at the Boleyn Ground when two Mark Noble penalties and Andy Carroll’s goal took them to a 3-1 win. 

How do I get to the game?

Click here for information on how to get to London Stadium. Click here for information on the London Underground network and here for the latest news on National Rail.
Supporters who use West Ham station should note that from 30 August until late September there will be no step-free access to or from the DLR and Jubilee line.
Customers who require a lift service are advised to use Canning Town station instead, for the DLR or Jubilee line towards Stratford station.
If travelling from the local West Ham area, you can use local bus route 276 from stop P outside the station to Stratford High Street DLR station, then take the DLR to Stratford.

How can I watch the game? 

The match will not be broadcast live in the UK, but supporters can follow all the action on and on our social media channels.