Sunday 30th October. 1:30PM. Sky Sports 1
Sunday’s lunchtime serving offers up a fascinating battle between two sides that have often provided bags of entertainment in recent head-to-head meetings, and the neutrals will be hoping for more of the same at Goodison Park.
The contrast of fortunes could scarcely be greater as Everton are a poor run following a great start while the Hammers are slowly recovering from their awful beginning. However, both clubs are joined by a huge desire to grab a crucial three points and, with so much talent on display, we could be in for early treat ahead on Halloween.
Bring it on!
Can Toffees End Recent Poor Run?
After starting the season on fire, Ronald Koeman’s Toffees have now gone longer than a month without tasting victory in any competition and face a real uphill battle as they look to get their season back on track. Everton are still only sixth, however, so a win against West Ham can resurrect their ambitions of challenging the big guns for European football.
Despite their poor run, Everton have still performed well at times – not least in the 1-1 draw at the Etihad. Last weekend’s loss at Burnley will have been a major disappointment, but Romelu Lukaku and co. can be confident as they take on the division’s second leakiest defence.
Defensive mishaps at Turf Moor may cause a few problems for their defence, but Maarten Stekelenburg and his defenders have largely looked fairly strong. Given the issues that West Ham have had with injuries in the attacking areas, they should be confident.
It has been a difficult October for the Toffees, but ending it with a win would taste very sweet indeed.
Hammers Out To Repeat Last Year’s Win
West Ham continue to face problems off the pitch, but Slaven Bilic’s men have turned it around on the it with seven points from nine as well as their midweek EFL Cup win over Chelsea. A win at Goodison Park would be a great way to keep the momentum going. However, the Hammers will be under no illusions about the difficulty they face.
Bilic did mastermind a memorable 3-2 win here last year, however, which will give the visitors every reason for optimism. The Hammers have looked far more assured since the return of Aaron Cresswell and switch to three defenders while Andre Ayew is now back in contention to bolster the attacking options.
Star man Dimitri Payet is still West Ham’s greatest source of inspiration, but Pedro Obiang is quickly establishing himself as the new favourite at the London Stadium with a string of dominant displays in the middle of the park. If he can stamp his authority on proceedings, the visitors will have a fantastic chance of extending their unbeaten league run to four.
Whatever happens, it has all the ingredients to be an intriguing battle between two of the Premier League’s most exciting managers. Let’s just hope it lives up to the billing.
Everton V West Ham United Betting
With Sunday’s clash taking place at Goodison Park, Everton are the firm pre-game favourites at 4/5 with Bet365. However, the Hammers shouldn’t be ruled out at 15/4 while the draw can be backed at 14/5.
Recent meetings between the sides have largely produced plenty of action, with the last six competitive encounters ending in BTTS winners. With the Hammers in good form and the Toffees boasting one of the Premier League’s best strikers, we expect to see that trend continue.
Neither team will be particularly thrilled with a point, however, so we’re betting against a 1-1 draw. Back both teams to score with at least one bagging a second.
As far as the visitors are concerned, virtually everything will be going through Payet. In truth, the French playmaker is likely to be the key to deciding the battle one way or the other.
West Ham can afford to be positive given their recent form, and we’re anticipating plenty of action from the No.27. Whether he scores or not, we expect him to have several efforts at goal. As an outside bet, we’re backing at least one of them to hit the woodwork.