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Watford predicted lineup vs West Ham - Premier League

Tom Gott
Watford are finally back in action
Watford are finally back in action / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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After 18 long days, Watford will finally be back in action on Tuesday when they square off against West Ham United.

The Hornets have seen their last three games postponed because of Covid-19 and are still not fully clear of the virus, with a number of unspecified players testing positive in the build-up to this one.

With that uncertainty in mind, here's how the Hornets could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Daniel Bachmann
Bachmann's spot is safe / Justin Setterfield/GettyImages

Daniel Bachmann (GK) - With Ben Foster still out through injury, Bachmann keeps his place.

Kiko Femenia (RB) - Femenia has been a permanent starter under Claudio Ranieri and will likely keep that run going here.

William Troost-Ekong (CB) - His YouTube channel took a break when the matches stopped, but Troost-Ekong should be back in the swing of things now.

Craig Cathcart (CB) - Christian Kabasele and Nicolas N'Koulou are both unavailable, and although Francisco Sierralta is back, expect Cathcart to start.

Danny Rose (LB) - Rose's top-flight experience should give him the nod at left-back.

2. Midfielders

Emmanuel Dennis
Dennis has been one of the signings of the season / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Moussa Sissoko (DM) - Watford's captain under Ranieri, Sissoko is a guaranteed starter.

Juraj Kucka (DM) - Neither Imran Louza nor Ozan Tufan have looked ready to take Kucka's spot in the squad just yet.

Emmanuel Dennis (RM) - Talisman Ismaila Sarr remains out, meaning Dennis may have to shift over to the wing.

Tom Cleverley (AM) - Cleverley bagged an assist in this advanced role before Watford were put on hiatus, so he should get another chance to shine there.

Josh King (LM) - King may begin on the left, but Watford's forwards are all versatile enough to drift around and interchange.

3. Forward

Joao Pedro
Pedro could get another go up top / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

Joao Pedro (ST) - Pedro will rotate with both King and Dennis, but if he wants more minutes as this central striker, he'll need to start scoring.


Read 90min's preview of Watford vs West Ham here.

Read West Ham's predicted lineup here.

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