West Ham United make the short trip to Watford on Saturday and Manuel Pellegrini has a welcome selection headache.

After the 5-0 drubbing by Manchester City on the opening day and the poor display in a 1-1 draw against Brighton last time out West Ham are looking for a dramatic improvement.

The Hammers take on a Watford side who have lost their last five league games.

The Hornets are also yet to score this season.

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First win would give West Ham much-needed uplift

Three points on the road would set West Ham up nicely for the visit of Norwich City to the London Stadium before the international break.

Defeat would no doubt feed a growing – and somewhat perplexing – anti-Pellegrini narrative from a section of West Ham’s fanbase.

Going into the game at Vicarage Road, Pellegrini has been boosted by the return of key players.

Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson trained this week after missing the Brighton game.

Captain Mark Noble was also involved in training.

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Selection headache for Pellegrini

It leaves Pellegrini with a welcome selection headache.

After Brighton the Chilean admitted he will need time to figure out his strongest team and a winning formula (whufc.com).


And the West Ham boss is tormented over which of two line-ups to go with against Watford.

Declan Rice has been isolated and often overrun in defensive midfield so far.

The Hammers have looked neither solid nor particularly creative.

Pellegrini must decide which of these two line-ups to go with.

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Boss tormented over two team line-ups

Both line-ups will see the return of Haller, Anderson and Balbuena to the starting XI.

One of the line-ups assumes that Noble will be back which is still touch and go.

The big toss-up comes down to the inclusion of Michail Antonio or Javier Hernandez while Jack Wilshere misses out altogether after another poor performance.

Line-up 1: Fabianski, Masuaku, Diop, Balbuena, Fredericks, Rice, Fornals, Lanzini, Anderson, Antonio, Haller

Line-up 2: Fabianski, Masuaku, Diop, Balbuena, Fredericks, Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson, Hernandez, Haller

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