Everton vs West Ham United: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

After avoiding an upset against Silkeborg in the Europa Conference League in the middle of the week, Everton vs West Ham United will go back to work in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Everton.

The Toffees, on the other hand, have not played a match since the Merseyside derby on September 3, when they held Liverpool to a scoreless draw and prevented the Reds from scoring.

Match Preview: Everton vs West Ham

Everton supporters have had plenty of time to view a compilation of Jordan Pickford’s Merseyside derby heroics. Neal Maupay’s better finish might have given Everton all three points; Conor Coady’s goal was disallowed for offside.

Everton is the Premier League stalemate specialist with four straight draws, and their poor start has them in 16th position. The only goal difference keeps Lampard’s men above Nottingham Forest and future opponents West Ham.

But their string of draws means the Toffees can claim a five-game undefeated run in all competitions, and only two of their previous nine top-flight matches at Goodison Park have resulted in the loss.

Everton hasn’t gone five league games without a victory since 1994, so taking advantage of West Ham’s tired legs is crucial. Nearly two weeks after Maxwell Cornet was denied a beautiful equalizer against Chelsea by a ludicrous VAR ruling.

It was West Ham’s turn to be on the right end of a contentious officiating decision. Manuel Lanzini’s penalty, Craig Dawson’s header, and Gianluca Scamacca’s thunderbolt helped the Hammers avoid an upset.

But Silkeborg was aggrieved to see a goal ruled out when Stefan Thordarson was penalized for a foul on Alphonse Areola following a corner – replays showed the goalkeeper simply ran into the Icelandic midfielder before falling.

Officiating scandal aside, David Moyes’ team needs a massive Premier League pick-me-up as they lie 18th with only four points. West Ham has scored three Premier League goals in their past three matches. It will make them the league’s poorest offensive force along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham accomplished the double against Everton in the 2021-22 Premier League and had back-to-back 1-0 victory at Goodison Park in the previous two seasons. Another win here would give the Hammers a treble of league-away triumphs over the Toffees for the first time.

Team News: Everton vs West Ham United

Everton and England have been handed a blow with the news that Pickford has a thigh injury and will be sidelined for two weeks. Asmir Begovic will deputize.

Andros Townsend, Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, and Yerry Mina are all injured, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure are close to returning. Idrissa Gueye might replace Tom Davies for his second full Everton debut, despite Davies faring well against Liverpool.

West Ham should only be without Nayef Aguerd and Ben Johnson this weekend, giving Moyes plenty of options for rotation. Scamacca may relinquish his position up front to Michail Antonio, while Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen, and Tomas Soucek await recalls.

Bowen was called up despite not having a goal or assist in the Premier League this season. The areola will pass the gloves to Lukasz Fabianski.

  • Everton Lineup: Begovic, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Onana, Davies, Gray, Maupay, Gordon.
  • Possible West Ham Lineup: Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Paqueta, Fornals, Antonio.

Our Prediction: Everton 1-2 West Ham United

Even with all due respect for Asmir Begovic, the loss of Pickford removes a huge layer of protection from the Everton defense, and West Ham has been scoring goals at the right moment in Europe.

A visit to Goodison Park will still serve as a rigorous test of the West Ham United squad’s capabilities; nevertheless, Moyes has the ability to counteract the midweek tiredness by making a number of lineup adjustments, and we can anticipate a narrow victory away from home on Sunday.

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