Everton meet West Ham at Goodison Park in a Super Sunday clash between two teams struggling at the foot of the Premier League table.
Victory would see Everton climb to 13th in the table, whereas David Moyes’ Hammers can climb out of the relegation zone with a win at the expense of his former team.
Jordan Pickford is ruled out for Everton after he suffered a thigh injury a fortnight ago in their goalless draw against Liverpool, which has also sidelined him for England’s upcoming Nations League fixtures.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (hamstring) and Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee) could both return if declared match fit.
Ben Godfrey (fibula), Yerry Mina (ankle), Mason Holgate and Andros Townsend (both knee) remain absent.
West Ham could welcome back several regulars into the starting line-up after Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen were amongst key players named on the bench in Thursday’s Europa Conference League win at Silkeborg.
Ben Johnson (hamstring) and Nayef Aguerd (ankle) remain ruled out.
- Everton have claimed just four points from their last five league meetings against West Ham (W1, D1, L3
- West Ham have won three of their last five league visits to Everton (W3, L2).
- David Moyes’ Hammers have won three of their last four meetings against Everton by 1-0 results.
- Everton are winless in their last seven league matches (D4, L3).
- West Ham are yet to score before half-time away from home in the Premier League this season.
Although it has been two weeks since Everton last played, Frank Lampard’s Toffees can come into this match with confidence after an impressive attacking display against Liverpool, in which they also pressed well and defended in an organised manner despite often being denied by VAR.
West Ham meanwhile are yet to find their domestic scoring boots but since their last league match, the Hammers have done well in Europe with six goals in two matches yet have been defensively rumbled at times so I would like to see them show more solidness at the back.
Both teams however started the season with high ambitions so this is already a must-win for two clubs fighting around the relegation zone, so I do expect both teams to come out and give it everything in what should be a competitive game.
I however do worry for Everton without Pickford in goal and they’ve had a fortnight off whereas West Ham have played twice, whilst showing their squad depth which could well be crucial despite the need for improvement in defence.
Prediction: Everton 1-2 West Ham
Result: Everton 1-0 West Ham