BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson predicts Watford v West Ham

Mark Lawrenson believes Watford will spring a shock and beat West Ham today.

Pundit Mark Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he believes Watford will beat West Ham United 2-0 at Vicarage Road this afternoon.

Watford have enjoyed a solid start to the Premier League season, with three wins, four draws and three defeats to their name, whilst they have also conceded just ten goals so far this term.

Last weekend's 2-0 away win at Stoke City showed just what Quique Sanchez Flores' side can do, and now they get a chance to go up against one of the season's surprise packages, West Ham United.

The Hammers sit third in the Premier League table after wins over the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, and Slaven Bilic has earned plaudits for West Ham's displays over the first ten games of the season.

With a superb away record, the Hammers will be hoping for another win on the road this afternoon - but Mark Lawrenson doesn't believe they will.

Pundit Lawrenson has told BBC Sport that he thinks Watford will come away with a 2-0 win having been so impressed with the Hornets last weekend, and believes the way West Ham play could work in Watford's favour, as he believes Sanchez Flores will look to play as the away side.

"Every time I think Watford are about to get sucked into the relegation fight, they come up with a big result like last week's win at Stoke,generally away from home," said Lawrenson. "West Ham also had an impressive win - yes they were at home but they were up against Chelsea and had to show great resolve in a game I thought they would lose."

"The Hammers have claimed a few scalps on the road this season but I would argue that was as good as any of their previous results. On the face of it, their away form makes them favourites at Vicarage Road but Watford do not look like a side that has just been promoted and they might surprise a few more people this weekend."

"After beating the Blues, Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said he had not set up his team as if they were at home and I think the Hornets will do the same. Watford will not be easy to break down and will do what it takes to get a win," he added.

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