By Danny Wright
Mark Lawrenson has predicted that West Ham will lose 2-0 when they travel to Watford on Saturday.
The former Liverpool defender said in his predictions on the BBC Sport website that the Hornets will have a ‘straightforward’ win to look forward to.
Making reference to the result earlier this season, Lawro thinks that Watford will end their recent spell of poor form and will continue their revival with a win against Slaven Bilic’s side.
“Watford have had their wobble and, like West Ham, I think their relegation worries are over,” the 59-year-old said.
“The Hornets mounted a stunning comeback from 2-0 down to beat the Hammers at the London Stadium earlier in the season, but this should be a more straightforward win for them.”
Walter Mazzarri’s side won 4-2 at the London Stadium in September after seeing themselves go two goals down thanks to Michail Antonio scoring two goals in the opening 33 minutes.
Goals from Odion Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Etienne Capoue and Jose Holebas turned the game on it’s head and Watford walked away from the 2012 Olympic stadium with a 4-2 win.
Watford have never completed a league double over the Irons in their history but they could break that hoodoo at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
If Lawrenson’s prediction is correct, Watford would leapfrog the Hammers in the league and they could drop as low as 13th place.
However a win for Bilic’s side could see them move up one place above Stoke into ninth place and two points behind eighth-placed West Brom if they lose to Bournemouth.
They are in good form on the road in their recent away days. The claret and blues have won three of their last four away games which included victories over Southampton and Middlesbrough.
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