West Ham United vs EvertonEnglish Premier League, KO: 17:30 Mar 30, 2019, London Stadium
TWO of the English Premier League’s most unpredictable sides meet on Saturday evening as West Ham United welcome Everton to the London Stadium.
Despite their inconsistencies both the Hammers and the Toffees are in no danger of battling the drop and both sides will have aspirations to finish 7th and be the “best of the rest” outside of the Premier Leagues resident top six.
The hosts come into this one on the back of a thrilling 4-3 home success last time out against basement boys Huddersfield. Manuel Pellegrini's side impressively fought back from being 3-1 down to secure those three points and the veteran Chilean boss will now be hoping that his side can pick up from where they left off when Everton arrive in East London on Saturday.
After a troubled first two seasons at the London Stadium it would now appear that the Londoners are beginning to finally settle into their new home. Recent home form would point towards that with the Hammers having suffered only one league defeat at home since the 22nd of December. In doing so , the Irons have impressively taken 4 points off of both Arsenal and Liverpool respectively.
During that same period of time Everton have only managed two home wins of their own, however one of those victories came a fortnight ago when Marco Silva’s men defeated Chelsea 2-0. After a poor first half display the Toffees put on an inspired second half showing against Sarri’s side and gave the Goodison faithful a rare glimpse of their true potential.
Silva,much like Pellegrini, will now be keen for his side to build on their last result with a view to gaining some momentum ahead of the Premier League run in.
Everton’s indifferent season to date can clearly be attributed to their lack of an out and out goalscorer within their squad. Both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlson have shown glimpses of promise this season, but almost two years after Romelu Lukaku’s departure the Blues have failed to find a recognised number nine since the Belgian forwards move to Manchester United.
The Toffees have however spent heavily since then and one of their most costly signings of recent times Gylfi Sigurdsson is now starting to show why Everton forked out £45m on him two Summers ago. After an ordinary maiden season on Merseyside the Icelandic midfielder has netted a notable 12 leagues goals this season, his most recent strike coming in his sides 2-0 success against Chelsea.
The gifted playmaker has an eye for goal and is regularly capable of the spectacular from distance. Back the Icelandic international to continue his quietly impressive season and to find the net against West Ham at 9/4 (Bet 365)
Fresh off the back off an accomplished competitive international debut with England, young Declan Rice will be tasked with marshalling the menace of Sigurdsson. The highly rated Hammer will be assisted in doing so by veteran midfielder Mark Noble and the Hammers skipper could well find his way into the referee's book in trying to nullify the the threat of the Everton number 10. With 7 bookings to his name already this season back Noble to be booked again at 7/2 (Unibet).
The Hammers and Toffees have been difficult to predict this season and that is reflected in the bookmakers struggling to separate the sides ahead of this fixture. Both teams can approach this encounter with a sense of freedom in the knowledge that they are safe from the drop, so a lively affair should be in store.
Consequently, the score draw is a plausible outcome for this clash when considering West Ham’s positive home form of late as well as the visitors recent signs of recovery. Therefore, a match result bet of draw and both teams to score may be more appealing at 16/5 (Ladbrokes).
This English Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton will be played on Mar 30, 2019 and kick off at 17:30