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West Ham United entertain Watford on Saturday knowing a fifth straight win could push them as high as sixth.

Manuel Pellegrini has turned West Ham around with four victories on the bounce.

The Hammers sit ninth in the Premier League table, just two points off sixth placed Manchester United.

Pellegrini has already set his side the ambitious target of a top six finish (Sky Sports).

The Red Devils are the late kick-off on Saturday so West Ham know they could replace them in sixth place, even if it is only for a couple of hours.

If West Ham do beat the Hornets to make it five in a row they will match a 12-year-old record.

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Pellegrini has given West Ham an identity again

The East Londoners have developed a distinct identity and style under the Chilean and are exciting to watch.

But pundits Paul Merson and Mark Lawrenson are still at odds over their prospects when Watford visit the London Stadium on Saturday.


In the positive corner, Merson told Sky Sports he expects West Ham to triumph 3-1.

“West Ham have turned the corner, and are playing with a lot of confidence,” Merson said.

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‘I’m going for swaggering West Ham’

“They’ve got some good players, have a nice run of games and are punishing teams. They look like they’ve got a bit of a swagger.

“They’ve got goals in them, that’s what I like, and they’re becoming hard to break down too. Watford returned to form with a much-needed victory over Cardiff on Saturday, but I’m going for West Ham.”

But Liverpool legend Lawrenson – who has something of a reputation for negative West Ham predictions – backed Watford to win 2-0.

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‘Hard to call’

“West Ham have found some great form and have now won four in a row,” Lawro told BBC Sport.

“The Hammers defence, which was all over the place at Liverpool in the opening weekend of the season, is a completely different proposition now.

“This game is hard to call, though. I have been impressed by Watford in the past couple of weeks – in their draw with Everton and their win over Cardiff.

“West Ham have been on such a good run that they will probably be expecting to win, but when I have seen Watford away this season they have been unlucky to lose – and I just have a feeling they will leave with the points this time.”

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