Everton look to inflict West Ham’s fifth successive defeat

Last updated: September 14, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:00 pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: DDWDD
Away Form: LLLLL
Last Meeting: West Ham 3 – 1 Everton
Competition: EPL

Super Sunday’s afternoon kick-off could prove to be an attractive prospect, as two attacking teams – both with very different starts to the season – will meet at Goodison Park.

Everton have made a strong start under Marco Silva. Unbeaten in four games, they have only won one, but nevertheless sit nicely in seventh position in the table. Even after four games, and unsurprisingly under a manager known for his focus on attack, it’s clear that Everton still have a lot of work to do in defence. Kurt Zouma and Colombia’s Yerry Mina were hired to solve that issue, but only Zouma has featured so far, with one game under his belt. If the defence does improve, then Everton will be real contenders this year.

But, in the short-term, things might not be as rosy as they seem. The injuries really are adding up in Merseyside. Seamus Coleman is the latest victim, with a fractured bone in his foot meaning the fullback could be out for some time. He joins a growing list that includes Theo Walcott. The winger has enjoyed a great start to the season with two goals and an assist, but he is likely to miss out with a rib injury. New boy Richarlison, who also started the season on fire, will serve out the last match of his ban here. Those absentees could be costly and Everton’s attack will certainly be weakened. Nevertheless, against the worst defence in the league, they may still fancy their chances.

Manuel Pellegrini could not have had a worse start to his tenure in East London. Four defeats in four games mean the Hammers sit rock bottom and are the only team with no points so far. Defence is also the issue for the team and until Pellegrini gets it right there West Ham will continue to struggle. The manager also appears unsure about what his best team actually is. That could mean more changes to the lineup here, but he must get it right soon. After spending over £100m during the summer, he will have limited time before action is taken.

The Hammer’s schedule remains nightmarish for some time. Next up is a visit from Chelsea, a trip to Manchester United, followed by an away match against Brighton then a home game against Spurs. A weakened Everton is perhaps the best chance of a win West Ham will have for some time, so they have to get it right. We’re just five games into the season, but such is the nature of the modern game, that it is not out of the question to talk in absolute terms even at this early stage. Defeat is simply not an option for Pellegrini.

Team News

The injuries are really racking up for Everton, with Seamus Coleman the latest setback.

Richarlison will serve out the last match of his ban, while Theo Walcott, Everton’s second highest scoring attacker so far, is likely to miss out through injury.

West Ham have no new injuries, but it’s not totally clear what their starting lineup will be, as Pellegrini seems to still be experimenting to find his best side.

Yarmolenko, Hernández and Declan Rice will all be hoping to start in this one.

Expected Line-Ups:

Everton (4-4-2): Pickford, Digne, Holgate, Zouma, Baines Davies, Schneiderlin, Lookman, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun
Subs: Niasse, Stekelenburg, Dowell, Browning, Kenny, Dowell
Injured: Keane, Coleman, Mina, Jagielka, Gueye, Bernard, McCarthy, Gomes
Doubtful: Walcott, Calvert-Lewin
Not available: Richarlison
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Wilshere, Obiang, Snodgrass, Anderson, Antonio, Arnautovic
Subs: Zabaleta, Adrián, C Sánchez, Noble, Hernández, Yarmolenko, Rice
Injured: Reid, Carroll, Lanzini
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Everton This Season West Ham This Season
7th League Position 20th
1 (0) Wins (away) 0 (0)
2 – 1 v Southampton Biggest Win
1 (2) Draws (away) 0 (0)
Biggest Defeat 0 – 4 vs Liverpool
Richarlison (3) Top Goal Scorer Arnautovic (2)
Y7, R2 Discipline Y13, R0
0 Failures to Score 50%
0 Clean Sheets 0
100% Both Teams to Score Games 50%
75% Over 2.5 Goals 75%
25% Under 2.5 Goals 25%
  • Everton have scored in all their games so far and with the Hammer’s defence the leakiest in the league, they will fancy their chances here.
  • Despite defeat in every game, West Ham have managed to score at least once in three of their four league matches. Everton are without a clean sheet, so the Hammers should at least get on the scoresheet.
  • The caveat to that is that Everton are without Richarlison and likely Theo Walcott too, which will take the sting out of their attack significantly.
  • One table the Hammers do top is the discipline table. Everton are second, with less yellows but two red cards already. Going by those stats, this one could feature a high number of cards.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/05/2018 EPL West Ham 3 – 1 Everton Lanzini 39’
29/11/2017 EPL Everton 4 – 0 West Ham Rooney 18′
22/04/2017 EPL West Ham 0 – 0 Everton
30/10/2016 EPL Everton 2 – 0 West Ham Lukaku 50′
05/03/2016 EPL Everton 2 – 3 West Ham Lukaku 13′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Despite four defeats from four games, West Ham haven’t played too badly. Defensive lapses have cost them results, so if they can cut those out of their game, then things could improve. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to see that being solved overnight.

Conversely, while undefeated, Everton haven’t performed brilliantly. With Richarlison, Coleman and likely Walcott missing here, we feel that West Ham will really fancy their chances. The win is a tough ask, but the Hammers should score, and as usual, concede. With that in mind, both teams to score seems a great shout, which you can get at around 7/10 at Betway.