Sunday’s Premier League double-header kicks off with a fascinating game between Everton and West Ham at Goodison Park.
Both sides have been impressive in the early stages of 2021/22, with the hosts in particular showing some terrific form under Rafa Benitez.
The Toffees faithful were sceptical about the appointment of the former Liverpool and Newcastle boss, but he’s winning them over after picking up four wins and two draws in his first seven games in charge.
West Ham have also started brightly under David Moyes, though they did lose a second home game in a row to a dramatic stoppage-time winner last time out – Brentford super-sub Yoane Wissa the man to burst the Hammers’ bubbles.
Here’s 90min‘s preview of the game.
When is kick off? Sunday 17 October, 14:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Goodison Park
TV channel? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel (UK), BBC Match of the Day 2 (UK)
Referee? Stuart Attwell
VAR? Paul Tierney
Everton team news
Everton are still missing a number of key personnel, although Rafa Benitez should be able to call upon both Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne from the start.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison are both injured, as are Fabian Delph and Andre Gomes. Yerry Mina, meanwhile, will arrive back late from international duty and may have to settle for a place on the bench.
West Ham manager David Moyes has a slightly brighter outlook, with no major injury concerns bothering the core of his squad.
Vladimir Coufal and Michail Antonio both avoided international duty and should be fit to start, with the Hammers’ only real concern perhaps the amount of football played by Czech Republic mainstay Tomas Soucek.
In goal, Lukasz Fabianski should retain his place – fresh off retiring from international duty with Poland.
Everton vs West Ham predicted lineups
Everton (4-4-1-1): Pickford, Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Townsend, Allan, Doucoure, Iwobi; Gray, Rondon
West Ham (4-3-3): Fabianski, Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Everton’s games with West Ham tend to be entertaining affairs.
Goals normally dominate the order of proceedings, and history tells you that it’s Everton who come out on top more often than not. The Toffees have lost just eight of the pair’s 41 meetings this century, and have emerged victorious four times in their last six meetings in league and cup.
That said, West Ham are a different proposition now under Moyes, and actually won this fixture 1-0 during 2020/21. Both sides are in good form and that should produce an entertaining game that may see the sharing of a good few goals.
Prediction: Everton 2-2 West Ham
Source : 90min.com