David Moyes’ side will be looking to improve on their previous result and pile up on Everton’s misery. West Ham looked a different outfit when they took on Leicester at the Olympic Stadium as they snatched a point after falling behind inside 10 minutes. However, it looks like a much improved Hammers side that are now looking to turn things around.
Moyes returns to Goodison Park, a quite sentimental venue and club personally for the Scottish gaffer. Despite his history with the Toffees, Moyes will be looking to make the most of Everton’s present situation. The men in blue, who were the big spenders in the summer, find themselves hovering above the relegation zone by just 2 points. A win for West Ham would place them on par with Everton but with a better goal difference.
The current Everton squad lack any sort of cohesiveness or confidence in their play. After being battered by Atalanta by 5 goals to 1 in the Europa League, the Saints rubbed salt to the wounds by humbling them at the St Mary’s Park. They are the league’s most generous in terms of gifting goals to the opposition; a tally of 28 goals conceded speaks for itself.
David Moyes will surely look to make the most of the abysmal situation Everton in currently in from the word go. If West Ham can clinch the first, we could well see a lot more being scored. But on the other hand, if Everton manage to get on the score-sheet before West Ham, we could well have a match in our hands.
Undoubtedly, West Ham will be the more confident side, but Everton will have to find a result. Everton’s home support will play a major role as West Ham’s fans did in their comeback against Leicester.
Here is the predicted 4-2-3-1 West Ham United line up.
Joe Hart is expected to start in goal although there are suggestions that Adrian might be given a chance. The back 4 is most likely to be centred by Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna. Cresswell and Zabaleta could be the ones to provide width to West Ham’s play.
As part of the holding midfield roles, Kouyate and Obiang are expected to start while Lanzini will be looking to play as a number 10 flanked by Masuaku and Arnautovic on the left and right wings respectively.
Despite Andy Carroll’s slump in form, he is expected to hold his place, given Hernandez’s absence following his injury. However, if assessed fit enough to take the field, he might be brought on from the bench.