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West Ham United entertain Watford on Saturday aiming for a fifth straight win in the Premier League.

Manuel Pellegrini has well and truly turned West Ham around.

The Chilean started life at West Ham with four straight defeats.

The Hammers are now just one win off sixth place, though, after four wins on the bounce.

Pellegrini has the East Londoners playing with an identity and style befitting the club’s history.

And West Ham fans are loving it.

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Hammers want high five despite injury crisis

That is despite the fact the club has been nursing a Premier League-worst injury list.

The likes of Marko Arnautovic, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko and Carlos Sanchez are all out, many of them for the season.

West Ham won 2-0 at Fulham last time out.


Even though Pellegrini’s options are limited by his sizeable injury list he could be set to break the age-old football law to never change a winning team when he names his side to face the Hornets at the London Stadium.

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Never change a winning team? Pellers might

Pellegrini looks set to make one change to his team.

Lucas Perez was forced to sit out the second half of the 3-2 win over Crystal Palace and the win at Fulham after sustaining a nasty foot injury.

A gash on the top of his foot has healed sufficiently for Perez to be back in the squad for the game, though, according to Pellegrini in his pre-match press conference.

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Lucas Perez in for Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez could make way for the more mobile Perez to partner in-form Michail Antonio up front.

Chicharito and Andy Carroll make great options from the bench if the game is not going West Ham’s way.

Pellegrini may bring the more defensively-minded Aaron Cresswell back into the side in place of Arthur Masuaku too given Watford’s potent attack.

But he may elect to keep Masuaku in for his pace on the counter attack.

Predicted West Ham XI to face Watford

Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Masuaku, Noble, Rice, Snodgrass, Anderson, Antonio, Perez.

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