Everton vs West Ham Match Preview
The return of David Moyes to Goodison comes at a good time for his new West Ham team, with the Toffees in real turmoil. Both of these teams are near the bottom of the table and in desperate need of a win. Our Analyst has previewed the game and picked out their best bet.
Everton had endured a very poor week, losing 5-1 in the Europa League to Atalanta before going down 4-1 to Southampton. They have definitely failed to improve under the short tenure of David Unsworth, if anything, their performances have been worst.
Since Unsworth was installed as interim manager, (six matches against Leicester, Lyon, Watford, Crystal Palace, Atalanta and Southampton) they have conceded 12.5 xG, a staggering amount, and true relegation candidate figures.
They have the joint worst defensive record in the league according to expected goals (22.3 xGA in 13 matches), and are in desperate need of improvements. There remain question marks about their personnel both in defence and attack, and this is a huge game in their season.
West Ham are yet to win under David Moyes, but their performances have improved since he came in. The players look sharper and more organised, which are promising signs early on in Moyes’ tenure.
They were slightly unfortunate to lose to Watford in Moyes’ first game, as they missed some good opportunities and deserved more according to expected goals (1.9 – 1.2 xG). The Hammers were once again the better side in their last outing against Leicester (1.0 – 0.5 xG), suggesting they are capable of getting results soon.
On the face of it, this match appears to see two teams in a similar position facing off against each other, but a closer look suggests one team in real trouble after a run of bad performances, and one team that look to be turning a corner.
Selection – BTTS @ 4/5
Both teams have shown a capability to score goals, but more both remain vulnerable in defence, so it is suggested that both teams will get on the scoresheet in an exciting and tense match at Goodison Park.