After another pummelling for the Toffees, their upcoming clash against West Ham is a middle-of-the-road match for the team with the stand in manager. Spirits are low after Southampton flattened Everton 4-1 last weekend, but the defeat tastes even worse for Blues fans as just one week before, their Merseyside rivals had no issues taking all three points from the Saints.
After facing seven losses in their last nine games, caretaker manager David Unsworth and his men simply have to beat their midweek opponents. Everton have managed to claw their way out of the Premier League relegation zone but only by two points. No other team has had more goals put past them than Everton have this season. Their tally stands at a massive 28 goals conceded to just 13 in their favour.
But their Wednesday night rivals are in a worse position. West Ham have accumulated just 10 points this season and sit in the deadly drop zone of the table. Crystal Palace – who started the 2017/18 season with no goals and no points in their first seven Premier League games – are only two points behind the Hammers.
The midweek clash at Goodison Park is going to be an extremely tough one to call. With barely anything separating the two teams, it’s difficult to preempt which way the scoreline will go. A win for either team will almost ensure the other’s place in the bottom three.
Both West Ham and Everton have recently sacked their managers, resulting in caretaker David Unsworth stepping in at Goodison and the Hammers appointing David Moyes for the role. West Ham fans turned to the #MoyesOut hashtag on Twitter after just 11 minutes into his first game with the club.
Watford beat their fellow London club, West Ham, 2-0 on home soil. But the former Everton manager and his side held the 2015/16 champions Leicester City to a 1-1 draw during their most recent fixture. The clash showed more promise from the Hammers following just one win in their previous seven fixtures.
West Ham have a squad of good calibre and talent. Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini are all important playmakers. Given the opportunity, these players can create some serious threats teamed up with Marko Arnautović who seems to be getting back into his stride. Maybe Moyes could be what the boys in claret and blue need to stay up this season.
After the widely appraised summer transfer business, the bar was set quite high for Everton. Some even claiming they would finish above rivals Liverpool and definitely make the top six this season. However, Ronald Koeman’s eye for business hasn’t turned out as sterling as pundits made it out to be. Everton’s team have struggled to gel – even with the return of Wayne Rooney, the team looks too lethargic and confused on the pitch.
Rooney has struggled to get into Everton’s starting XI recently, whether his messy personal life is a contributing factor to this is unknown. Oumar Niasse has instead been racking up more minutes on the pitch and making his presence known. He has been one of Everton’s best players and could pose a threat against West Ham on Wednesday. The Senegalese striker has been involved in four goals in his last five games.
Everton’s big transfer haul hasn’t done them many favours aside from ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The young keeper has proven already to be better than former first choice Joel Robles.
The two teams have everything to play for in this upcoming match. Both fighting relegation, both struggling to hit the mark set for them. With both sides sporting minimal points and a poor performance record this season, the game is going to be tight.
Score prediction: Everton 1-2 West Ham