Everton vs West Ham by Luke
After a run of five victories in all competitions, Everton is now stuck with five winless official matches, four in Premier League, as they come from a 2:1 defeat away from home to Burnley last weekend. However, it must be said that the defeat was unfair result for them, since the players of Everton did much more on the field and somehow conceded goals against the flow of the game.
Hosts took the lead in 39th minute via Vokes, while the visitors attacked even more from that moment and leveled up the result in 58th via Bolasie. They were attacking for the victory as well, but conceded the second goal in 90th minute (Arfield), having no time to respond later on. They are now at sixth position in Premier League, being five points below the top of the table and with four points less than fourth and fifth placed Chelsea and Tottenham, meaning that a victory here is a must for them in case the team wants to get involved again for the top of the table battle.
Everton should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Mirallas, Bolasie and Lukaku upfront. Injured from the start of the season remain right back Tyias Browning, defender Matthew Pennington and defensive midfielder Muhamed Besic. Central midfielder James McCarthy (3/0) is also injured, while doubtful for this match remains left back Leighton Baines (5/0). Their manager Ronald Koeman will probably name the similar squad to the one that played last week against Burnley.
After a very rough start in the season, West Ham started improving finally and they finally look really competitive as a team and in case they continue in the same manner, the team will be soon far above the relegation zone. Currently, they are at fifteenth position with three points more than relegating Hull, having three matches run without defeat, two victories and a draw.
Their last three official matches ended as victories, against Crystal Palace and Sunderland narrowly 1:0 in Premier League and in the most recent match played, against Chelsea at home 2:1 in the EFL Cup 1/8 finals game. Both teams played with a bit rotated squads, while the hosts looked overall way better and concrete in attack, deserving the victory fully and reaching it thanks to goals from Kouyate and Fernandes. Third victory in a row will surely boost their morale a lot in front of Premier League clashes.
Visitors from London should be lined up in 3-4-2-1 formation with Ayew as central striker, plus Payet and Lanzini as the duo of offensive midfielders. Aaron Cresswell is back from suspension, while the visitors continue without forwards Diafra Sakho (no performance yet anyway), Andy Carroll (1/0), right back Sam Byram (5/0), left back Arthur Masukau (5/0) and finally, midfielder Gokhan Tore (5/0).
- Everton are undefeated in their last 7 home matches (Premier League).
After a bright start to the season, Everton now needs to get a victory here badly and I have no doubts that the team will try to attack from the off. West Ham is finally going somewhere with their form and they too, should be very threatening in this one. I expect the game to be very interesting, full of attacking phases and with both teams scoring, meanwhile they both have the potential to score more than once.