Everton v West Ham United, Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 27, 2017
Goodison Park - Premier League
David Moyes takes his West Ham team back to his old club Everton for a key Premier League match. The Toffees may wish they had their old manager in charge, and if Moyes fails as he has at his last three clubs Hammers fans may wish he was managing Everton too.
There have been 31 draws in this fixture and Everton have 31 more victories than West Ham, 68 to 37. Everton won this corresponding game 2-0 last season, but West Ham triumphed 3-2 at Goodison the year before.
Everton miss Oumar Niasse who is suspended for diving, but welcome Tom Davies back after a ban. The Toffees have doubts over Leighton Baines and Michael Keane who were substituted through injury at Southampton on Sunday.
Everton’s long injury list includes Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolassie, James McCarthy, Ramires Funes Mori, Maarten Stekelenburg and Mason Holgate. Despite this they still couldn’t find a starting spot for Wayne Rooney at St Mary’s.
West Ham will hope to have Marko Arnautovic available but he came off in Friday’s match with Leicester complaining of a calf problem. James Collins and Michail Antonio have missed matches recently and are doubts, while Sam Byram, Javier Hernandez and Jose Fonte are unavailable.
Everton v West Ham United Preview and Predictions
Everton are 11/8 for the win with West Ham 5/2, while the odds on a draw are also 5/2.
The Toffees have conceded nine goals in two games including five in their last match at Goodison against the unheralded Italian side Atalanta. Still to appoint a successor to Ronald Koeman, Everton have lost five of the seven games under the control of David Unsworth, giving West Ham encouragement that they can get the victory that would see them leap-frog their hosts. Everton are two points ahead of West Ham who occupy the last of the relegation positions.
On his latest return to Goodison Park, where despite his much vaunted success the trophy cabinet remained empty during his 11 year reign, Moyes has the advantage of his team having had two days’ extra preparation having played on Friday, while Everton were in action on Sunday. West Ham produced a spirited performance in fighting back to take a point at home to Leicester and could take advantage of Everton disarray and tiredness.
Andre Ayew is always likely to poach a goal and is a worthwhile 7/2 to score at any time against a defence who have been regularly going AWOL recently.
Gylfi Sigurdsson to score first at 6/1
Boosted by his first Premier League goal for his new club at the weekend, the costly set-piece specialist could repay a chunk of his fee if he can settle Everton nerves.
West Ham to win 2-1 at 12/1
With two days’ more rest than their crisis torn hosts, the Irons could be good value to benefit from a new manager bounce as Moyes returns to Goodison.