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Lawro’s prediction

Mark Lawrenson has backed West Ham to beat Watford on Tuesday night.

The Hammers take on the relegation-threatened Hornets in a game that could well be classed as must-win, given the fact that the last two Premier League games have ended in defeat.

Those results have left the Irons sitting fifth in the Premier League table, one point behind Manchester United in fourth, but United, Arsenal, and Spurs all have at least one game in hand on the Hammers.

Watford, by comparison, are 18th, one point behind Norwich but with a game in hand, and have not won since November 20th, when they managed to thrash United 4-1.

That run of results led to a managerial change, with Roy Hodgson now in the dugout ahead of the meeting with the Hammers, but Lawro does not expect there to be a new manager bounce.

Indeed, the Hammers played Watford in December at Vicarage Road and won 4-1.

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And Lawro told BBC Sport: “Watford got a point and a clean sheet against Burnley in Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge but, with only one victory in their first 19 games, it is wins they need – and quickly.

“It’s going to be hard for them to get anything out of West Ham, though, especially if Michail Antonio is back for the Hammers.

“The Hammers got away with one against Kidderminster in the FA Cup on Saturday. but they still won despite playing badly. I’d expect a big improvement from them here.”

Lawro’s prediction: 2-0

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.