Long time punters will be aware of the futility in betting against sides that have just appointed a new manager; more often than not, they oversee an improvement – even if it is only in the short term.
One thing we do know, or suspect anyway, is that David Moyes will toughen up West Ham’s soft underbelly: they boast the worst defensive record in the Premier League thus far.
And that will help the Hammers no end, as from an attacking perspective they should be just fine – messrs Carroll, Chicarito, Lanzini, Antonio and Arnautovic will see to that.
Watford lost three on the spin prior to the international break – conceding eight in that trio, so perhaps the early magic crafted by Marco Silva has dissipated.
West Ham +0.50 Asian Handicap (5/6 with Paddy Power)