Although the new Premier League campaign is only three games in, few teams will be more hopeful of a win this weekend than West Ham United.
The Hammers fans have lofty ambitions for their team this season after a progressive transfer window, but it hasn’t quite gone to plan as yet.
Three points from three games and a shock Europa League elimination have somewhat taken the gloss of a move to the London Stadium.
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However, the visit of a struggling Watford side on Saturday should give Slaven Bilic’s men the ideal opportunity to record a victory and boost morale around the east London club.
The Croatian manager fielded a 3-5-2 formation against Manchester City last time out, but the side that takes to the pitch against the Hornets looks set to be considerably different.
Regardless of whether Bilic persists with three at the back or reverts to his usual 4-2-3-1, a number of players look set to be included.
Simone Zaza has all the attributes to be a success in the Premier League and unleashing the Italian against Watford seems like an inevitability – it will most likely be youngster Ashley Fletcher that makes way.
Crucial playmaker Dimitri Payet will surely be reintroduced after being covered in cotton wool after his Euro 2016 exertions, with the Hammers needing the France international at his best.
Finally, although Manuel Lanzini is available again and potentially able to take the place of Gokhan Tore, it makes more sense to bring the Argentine back in gradually and from the bench.
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Giving Sofiane Feghouli a chance to start instead seems like a more astute move, with the Algerian possessing an incredible amount of skill, creative talent and drive.
Although Bilic has plenty of options in the final third, it could well be Payet, Lanzini and Feghouli who eventually end up as a mouth-watering first choice attacking midfield trident when everyone is available.