West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is hoping his side can replicate last season’s 4-1 win against Watford.

The Hornets were comfortably beaten by the Irons in the final game of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign and the Chilean hopes his side can produce similar form.

However, he told the Hammers' website that he does not want his players to think it will be an easy game, despite Watford's below-par form.

"We beat Watford last season in the last game we played away from home," said Pellegrini. "But, before that, they beat us at London Stadium. The win away was a complete game for us.

"It was a very competitive game; especially when they had eleven players because after that, with the penalty, they had one player sent off. 

"I think it was a good game and I hope we can repeat it this weekend. However, if we base our chances in this match on Watford’s form then I think that we are going to make a very big mistake. 

"Football changes in every game, so if we want to win or try to be a competitive team, we need to play well in defending, we need to be a creative team in attacking, and I think it’s more important to think about our team. I think West Ham must not be compared with another team."

The West Ham boss also spoke of the effect of VAR on the game, saying he believes it is making the sport fairer, but also changing the experience for supporters.

"VAR has come into the Premier League and, so far, it’s been difficult," he said.

"It’s not the same when it comes to the emotion of the fans; they must wait for if it is a goal or not a goal. But I think it’s fairer. 

"it’s impossible for the referee, with the speed that the players play, to be in the completely right position. After that, you compare the referee with eight TVs and camera. I think it will be useful for the referee and fairer for the results as long as we don’t use it every time and in every situation."