This final Saturday preview sees West Ham face Watford in another London derby, while the late kick off sees Liverpool host Leicester at Anfield, in a match crucial for both sides as they look to kick start their seasons.

West Ham vs Watford – Saturday 10th September 2016 – 15:00

Can Watford register their first win of the season against the Hammers?
Can Watford register their first win of the season against the Hammers?

West Ham welcome Watford to the new London Stadium this Saturday, with West Ham looking to register their second win of the season.

Their last fixture saw them end up losing 3-1 against Manchester City, with the Hammers enduring a tough start, with injuries playing their part as well.

Two goals from Raheem Sterling and a goal from Fernandinho ensured City took all the points, with a consolation goal from Michali Antonio in the 58th minute.

Slaven Bilic and his men kick-started life in their new stadium, the London Stadium with a hard fought win against Bournemouth.

They started the season with a narrow 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League and they will count themselves seriously unlucky.

The follow-up win against Bournemouth was lucky but West Ham stuck in there to gain all three points.

Mixed Start To Season

The home defeat in the Europa League against Astana will have angered Bilic, with everything the club worked so hard to achieve last season all but wiped out.

Without the added pressure of European football this season, it allows the Hammers to concentrate on the league.

The lack of firepower available to Slaven Bilic at the moment, due to injuries to Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew will be of enormous concern to the club.

They have reportedly opened talks with Loic Remy, who is surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

They have had a tough fixture list to start, playing Chelsea and City away in two of their first three fixtures.

West Ham will be looking to maintain their excellent recent record against Watford, in 26 matches they have won 14, drawn 5 and lost 7.

West Ham are 5/6 with Simone Zaza and Ashley Fletcher to open the scoring at 9/2

West Ham
Can the hammers continue their winning streak at home?

 

Watford travel to West Ham, on the back of a 3-1 defeat against Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

It was a hard fought fixture for the Hornets, who conceded three goals in the first half from Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

New signing Roberto Pereyra scored the only goal for Watford, in the 57th minute and it proved to be a mere consolation for the home side.

Watford continued to press in the latter stages, they registered 14 shots but were only able to convert 6 of them on target.

Mazzarri looking for win

Walter Mazzarri has enjoyed a tough start to life as a Premier League manager, with just the one point from his opening three games.

During that time they have only left the capital once, with tough matches against Chelsea and Arsenal after an opening day draw against Southampton.

This match will be the third successive game in the capital, they have fared better away this season though and they will be hoping to continue that in this game.

Like many clubs this season Watford have struggled up front, with strikers Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney yet to register a Premier League goal this season.

Much More To Come

Mazzarri will be hoping there is plenty more to come from this Watford side, they find themselves in the bottom three as it stands.

Their goal difference is -3, so they have had trouble at both ends of the pitch.

In the two matches last season, both sides won their home fixtures, with Watford triumphing 2-0 at home and West Ham winning 3-1 at Upton Park.

Watford will be looking to improve on their overall record against West Ham, and claim a vital first three points of the season.

Watford are 100/30 with Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney at 7/1 to score first.

Liverpool vs Leicester Odds – Saturday 10th September 2016 – 17:30 - BT Sport 1

Can Leicester kick start a crucial week with a win against Liverpool?
Can Leicester kick start a crucial week with a win against Liverpool?

Liverpool welcome Leicester to Anfield this Saturday evening, with Liverpool looking to put their recent form behind them and register a much-needed win.

The Reds drew their last game 1-1 against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, with another performance that will have pleased Jurgen Klopp.

They produced a far better performance, especially in light of the way that they lost to Burnley the weekend before.

Mixed Season So Far

Liverpool started the season in excellent fashion, winning a seven-goal thriller at the Emirates 4-3.

Liverpool took a backward step in their season in the following weekend, with a 2-0 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor, with Andre Gray turning in a man of the match performance.

Sean Dyche and his men performed the ultimate rearguard action during their win last Saturday, with Liverpool amassing an incredible 80.2% possession.

Liverpool will be looking to continue their excellent record against Spurs, they haven't lost a match in their last 8 attempts and will be looking to make it number 9 on Saturday.

Key Match For Klopp

The match against Leicester is a key barometer for Klopp, so far he has seen his Liverpool side retain the inconsistencies of last season.

They were one of only two sides to beat Leicester last season, with a 1-0 win at Anfield one of only three defeats for the Foxes.

Liverpool will be looking to continue their overall record against Leicester. They have won 33, drawn 20 and lost 31 of their 84 meetings and Klopp will be looking to add a 34th on Saturday.

Liverpool are 8/13 with Daniel Sturridge at 4/1 to open the scoring.

Liverpool
Can Liverpool register their second win of the season against Leicester?

 

Leicester have so far struggled to match last season's blistering start, with a win, a loss and a draw from their opening three matches.

Ranieri will be wanting more consistency from his side, with N'Golo Kante the only absentee from last year's title-winning side.

They come into this match on the back of a 2-1 win against Swansea last Saturday, with goals from Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan enough to secure all of the points.

Leroy Fer halved the deficit for the Swans, ultimately the day belonged to Leicester who have struggled at various times this season.

Both sides were even in possession but Leicester were more productive at the business end, with 13 shots overall and 6 on target.

Champions League Looming

With the Champions League looming next week Leicester will have to rely more heavily on their squad to get them through.

This is a massive game in the context of their season, despite it being very early in the season.

Record signing Islam Slimani should be available, he will be keen to make an impression worthy of justifying his record fee.

His strike partners Jamie Vardy and Ahmed Musa will also be key in this fixture, and crucially for the rest of the season.

Evenly Matched Contest

This is an evenly matched contest, particularly in the form guide, with both sides boasting identical records going into this match.

Both have suffered surprise defeats, with Hull and Burnley the respective sides and both managers will know that a win in this game will have huge implications come the end of the season.

With a tough fixture in the form of Liverpool and the Champions League looming, Ranieri and co will be looking to get a much needed three points in this fixture.

Leicester will be looking to continue their excellent overall record against Swansea. In 9 matches they have won 6 and lost 3.

Leicester are 17/4 with Jamie Vardy is at 15/2 to score first.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1: Zaza to score first @ 9/2 and West Ham to win 2-1 @ 15/2

Tip 2: Firmino to score first @ 9/2 and a 3-3 draw@ 50/1

 

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