Everton – West Hamm
Four games in a row without a win. Things are not looking good for Everton lately. Ronald Koeman’s team started very well the new season in the English Premier League, but now The Toffeemen are dealing with a serious dip in form. Everton are still just five points away from the top though, so there’s nothing lost for them yet. Now they are about to welcome West Ham United at home and it’s a good opportunity for them to record a first win for this month.
West Ham are enjoying a much better moment than Everton right now. Recently The Hammers were placed in the relegation zone of the Premier League, but two consecutive wins against Crystal Palace and Sunderland allowed them to improve their position in the table a little bit.
This improvement also allowed West Ham’s manager Slaven Bilic to keep his position at the club, after he was seriously threatened with a sack, if the bad results of the team have continued.
The last time when Everton and West Ham met in the Premier League was once again at the Goodison Park in Liverpool. In March West Ham managed to beat the home team with 3-2, after the first game between the two sides in London finished with a 1-1 draw.
Ronald Koeman will be without the services of the injured James McCarthy, Leighton Baines, Muhamed Besic, Tyias Browning and Matthew Pennington.
For West Ham there will be also some missing players. Slaven Bilic can’t rely on Gokhan Tore, Sam Byram, Arthur Masuaku, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, who are all sidelined with injuries.
It’s curious to note that two of the most effective strikers in the Premier League at the moment play for these two clubs. Romelu Lukaku scored six goals for Everton since the start of the season, while Michail Antonio scored five times for West Ham so far.