Kick-off: 1415, 18/09/2022
Stadium: Goodison Park
TV: Sky Sports
Two teams with just one Premier League win between them meet on Merseyside in the last of this weekend’s round of fixtures.
Everton are still searching for their first victory but are above West Ham on goal difference after drawing their last four matches.
This match looks too tough to call and a fifth consecutive draw for the Toffees at 23/10 is our opening Everton vs West Ham prediction.
Everton remain without a league win but boss Frank Lampard had plenty of reasons for optimism after a goalless draw with neighbours Liverpool at Goodison Park two weeks ago.
Although the visitors finished well on top, Everton were the better side for much of the first half, striking the post through Tom Davies before Liverpool hit the frame of the goal three times themselves, ultimately frustrated by the outstanding Jordan Pickford.
Everton sit just above the bottom three in the early standings with four points from six games but Lampard – who had little time to implement his ideas last season after taking over amid a relegation scrap – is encouraged by the football his side are playing.
Amadou Onana had an excellent game against Liverpool, Neal Maupay looked bright on his debut while deadline-day signing Idrissa Gana Gueye added composure in midfield when he came on in the second half.
“I think ‘compromise’ is the word for last season, compromising on ideas,” Lampard said. “For me as a coach it was a great experience to try to find a way which I hadn’t been used to in my coaching career at Chelsea and Derby.
“It was about spirit and the foundation of fight, but to stay in the Premier League you need more than that. Recruitment was a big part of that – we’ve tried to get players who can receive the ball and be comfortable on the ball and make the right decisions.
“A lot of the decisions made (against Liverpool) were a sign of improving against an intense, high-pressing team.
“We want to keep going in that direction. We’re far from the finished article and what we want in that way. We want to have more control, more possession. But I think we saw the ability. It’s good for the lads to feel that. We need to keep working on that.”
Everton certainly look harder to beat these days but are yet to score more than one goal in a game.
Lampard’s men are Everton vs West Ham odds.
Last Everton line-up: Pickford, Tarkowski, Patterson, Mykolenko, Coady, Onana, Davies, Gordon, Gray, Iwobi, Maupay.
West Ham Odds
West Ham return to domestic action having enjoyed back-to-back wins in the Europa Conference League since they last played in the Premier League.
The six goals they scored in beating FCSB and Silkeborg should have boosted confidence but they have only managed three league goals.
Playing on a plastic pitch in Denmark on Thursday night is hardly ideal preparation either so we’re not keen on West Ham as favourites for Sunday.
Everton’s lack of cutting edge hardly inspires much confidence either and a fourth 1-1 draw for the Toffees in five matches is the last of our Everton vs West Ham betting tips at 11/2.
Last West Ham line-up: Areola, Cresswell, Coufal, Dawson, Kehrer, Emerson, Lanzini, Paqueta, Rice, Scamacca, Cornet.
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