Watford boss Claudio Ranieri made an honest admission today ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with West Ham tomorrow.

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The Hammers travel to Vicarage Road to take on the Hornets and boy do we need a win.

David Moyes’s men have taken just five points from their last seven Premier League games and that run has seen us fall from third to sixth in the table.

West Ham lost 3-2 against Southampton at the London Stadium yesterday. We desperately need to bounce back against Watford.

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With Declan Rice unavailable through suspension and a team full of tired and lethargic players though, our chances of maximum points against the Hornets do not seem great. It appears as though we might just have more of a chance than we think though…

Honest Claudio Ranieri admission is brilliant news for West Ham ahead of Watford clash

Due to a recent Covid-19 outbreak, Watford haven’t played since losing 2-1 to Brentford on December 10th. Come tomorrow, that will be 18 days ago.

During that time, West Ham have played three Premier League games and a Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham.

Ranieri was speaking to reporters today, however, and made the admission that he has taken just one training session with his players since their defeat to Brentford nearly three weeks ago (Watford Observer).

That’s great news for West Ham.

Winning a Premier League game having trained so little over the past 18 days will be incredibly hard for the Watford players. It will be nigh on impossible for them to be at their best physically.

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And the Hammers have to take advantage of that.

Yes, we’re missing our best player through suspension and our best two centre-backs through injury but we should have more than enough about us to beat Watford.

Ranieri’s comments today should give everyone involved with West Ham some much needed hope and confidence.

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Turning up tomorrow and putting in a shift is the very least that should be expected of the Hammers players. Nothing less than a win will do. Hopefully the Hornets are well off the pace and look like a team who have trained together just once over the past 18 days.

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