Preview: Watford v West Ham

Watford will look to bounce back immediately after their recent defeat, when they host a resurgent West Ham United side in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Hornets lost their most recent game 2-0 away at Manchester United after beating Arsenal at the Emirates and Burnley at home, both via a 2-1 scoreline. A win for the hosts could see them climb as high as 10th position, from their current standing of 14th. They are 10 points clear of the drop zone.

On the team news front, Watford may head into the clash without Sebastian Prodl, Craig Cathcart and Valon Behrami, who are all doubts for the game, while Nordin Amrabat is definitely out with an injury. Juan Camilo Zuniga is, however, back in training and could play a part.

Manager Walter Mazzarri maintained his focus on the relegation battle ahead of the tie, telling the press: "The objective is the same as always: to stay in the Premier League. We want to confirm this as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, the Hammers have shown a gradual improvement over the past two months and will be hoping to continue that trend. Manager Slaven Bilic's charges were down in 17th position in December, but have pulled themselves up to 10th, winning three of their last five games, and losing only once.

Shifting our gaze to team news, the travelers will have to wait on a late fitness test to see if striker Andy Carroll has overcome his groin injury. Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku and Andre Ayew are available to play, but Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho are sidelined.

The last time United faced Watford, they lost 4-2, but Bilic reminded the press that he was dealing with an injury crisis at the time. 

He said: "We are a different team from the one who last faced Watford. We had so many players injured but we are in a much better shape now."

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