New season, same old Everton – that has been the case in the opening six league matches this term as the Toffees risk heading into the international break without a single top-flight victory (D4, L2).
Frank Lampard’s job is in jeopardy, even though his men have gone from back-to-back league defeats at the start of the season to four successive stalemates, including a scoreless draw with Liverpool last time out.
Level on points with their visitors, Everton will slip back into the relegation territory unless their two-game losing Premier League home streak against West Ham ends come Sunday afternoon.
Stuck in the drop zone, David Moyes’ men will be out to extend their winning run at Goodison and steer themselves away from danger ahead of the upcoming international break.
Unlike their hosts, the Hammers have a source of inspiration as they’ve won back-to-back Europa Conference League outings ahead of this trip, netting 2+ goals on each occasion.
However, a pair of victories over FCSB and Silkeborg can hardly compare to the task coming up, especially considering the Londoners have faltered early in the Premier League.
The pressure starts to mount on Lampard as Everton stare down the barrel of a seven-game winless start to a new league season for the first time since 1994/95.
A solitary triumph from their last ten league fixture further undermines the former Chelsea boss, who has lost both reliable goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Andy Lonergan for this game.
Yet a fabled Goodison atmosphere could prove a game-changer, with Everton going unbeaten in seven of their last nine Premier League home outings (W4, D3).
West Ham United
Despite reeling off win after win in Europe’s third-tier competition, West Ham cannot catch a break in the Premier League this term, picking up just one victory from six matches (D1, L4).
If that’s not enough to cause concern in Moyes’ corner, the fact his lads have suffered seven defeats on their last nine top-flight travels (W2) may ring some alarm bells.
On top of that, West Ham’s tally of just three Premier League goals scored so far this season is the joint-lowest, even though they spent monstrously to sign Lucas Paqueta and Gianluca Scamacca this summer.
Everton vs West Ham United Potential Line-ups
Everton (4-3-3): Asmir Begovic; Nathan Patterson, Conor Coady, James Tarkowski, Vitaly Mykolenko; Alex Iwobi, Amadou Onana, Tom Davies; Demarai Gray, Neal Maupay, Anthony Gordon.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Lucasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell; Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek; Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Pablo Fornals; Michail Antonio.
How to Watch?
Everton vs West Ham United Prediction
There’s not much to separate the sides ahead of the kick-off, as both are struggling for consistency on either side of the pitch.
We cannot see anything other than an uneventful tepid draw.
Everton 0-0 West Ham United
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