West Ham vs Everton Prediction
Saturday 21st January 2023
As part of our weekend Premier League predictions, we analyse Everton’s match against West Ham. With both teams in the relegation spots, can either raise their game to win this six-pointer? Find out with our West Ham vs Everton prediction.
West Ham vs Everton Prediction Match Overview
West Ham host Merseysiders Everton in this bottom-of-the-table clash. West Ham are in dreadful form. The Londoners have won once in their last ten league games – a victory over fellow strugglers Bournemouth back in October. Indeed, they have only five points across these ten games, putting them third from the bottom of the form table. Their form at the London Stadium has been poor, having won three and lost five of their nine games there this season. This record puts them seventeenth in the home form table thus far this season. They haven’t won in seven league games. Indeed, their previous game was a 1-0 defeat away at Molineux, which was only Wolves’ third win in ten. The Hammers are in desperate form and, with fifteen points from 19 games, are in the bottom three.
Everton are also in tragic form. The Liverpudlians have won once in their previous ten league games – a 3-0 home victory over Crystal Palace in October. Seven defeats have occurred in that run, including four consecutive home losses. Matters aren’t much better on their travels, where they have won one game and lost four in nine all season. The recent home defeats to Brighton and Southampton were very disappointing. However, Everton can take heart from gaining a point away to champions Man City in their last away game. Still, the only thing that separates them from West Ham in the table is one goal. This game is between two massively struggling teams; a classic is not expected.
West Ham vs Everton Team News
Injuries and Suspensions
Might Not Play: Areola, Cornet, Scamacca
Will Not Play:
Might Not Play:
Will Not Play: Patterson, Townsend, Garner, Keane
West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Aguerd, Coufal; Soucek, Rice; Benrahma, Paqueta, Bowen; Antonio
Everton (3-4-3): Pickford; Tarkoswki, Coady, Godfrey; Mykolenko, Onana, Gueye, Coleman; Gray, Calvert-Lewin, McNeil
West Ham vs Everton Prediction Analysis
Negative Goal Difference for Both Teams
It is clear to these two clubs and their fans that they have stalled in their progression. Both clubs have gone backwards. West Ham enjoyed a fruitful campaign last season, finishing seventh and qualifying for the Conference League. Everton were fortunate to avoid relegation and were in danger until the season’s final weeks. The signs were there for them, but they have not improved. There are worse teams in the division in terms of goals conceded. Indeed, West Ham have conceded 25 and Everton 26, which is a weakness but better than 11 other sides in the division. Where their problems have come most is that neither team can score. Both have scored 15 in 19 goals – fewer than a goal a game. This output is nowhere near enough to garner wins and keep a team in the division. The hosts’ top scorers are Benrahma and Scamacca, with three, and Everton’s are Gray and Gordon, also with three. Clearly, both teams lack a goalscorer or the ability to spread goals around their teams.
Calvert-Lewin is Everton’s biggest goal threat. He has toiled with injury all season, so they are missing him. After some good form last season, Gordon has also not kicked on for Everton. Integral to West Ham’s success last season was the output of winger Bowen. However, he has declined in performance this season, and West Ham are paying the price. The relative lack of conceding goals is likely because both teams are dour and unadventurous and prize stability in defence first, which affects their impetus in attack. Coaches David Moyes and Frank Lampard seem like rise-averse managers to us, which is not helping these teams in attacking areas. Lampard has been operating with lesser funds, but Moyes has spent some money and seemingly wasted it.
Struggles in Possession and Counter-Attacking
What is also apparent is that both these teams struggle to maintain a grip on the ball. Both tend to concede possession. On the surface, this may be surprising, as the likes of Gueye, Onana, Rice, and Soucek are capable midfielders adept at building play. However, for whatever reason, these players have not performed this season. Some say certain players received too much credit in the past and are reverting to their actual level. In essence, they might have played above themselves before. There may be an element of truth there. However, it is more likely that the poor coaching and caution are affecting the freedom these players have to take risks in midfield. The influence of coaching is often undervalued. Therefore, both teams will likely find it hard to keep possession in this match. We will probably see a low-quality, cagey affair where both sides look to counter-attack. The game could end up goalless, but a winner could come from a mistake or a rare magic moment in transition when one team’s structure is upset.
There are dangerous attackers in both teams if they can find some inspiration. The likes of Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Paqueta, Gray, McNeil, Iwobi and Gordon are decent players who can create. They must be allowed to express themselves. However, not all the blame for the malaise can be attributed to the coaching by people. These players are generally underperforming as there are worse sets of players in the league than at Everton and especially West Ham in our estimation. For them to be in 18th and 19th place shows something has gone very wrong at these two clubs, and all parties must take responsibility. That starts in this game with attempts to be more ambitious and try to win this six-pointer.
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We have been tough on both clubs in this article, but they could both be doing better than they are. West Ham, in particular, have some quality players, as they proved last season. The two managers have likely taken these teams as far as they can. However, the winner of this game could receive a significant boost in terms of building a modicum of momentum and ultimately avoiding relegation. Both these teams’ supporters aspire to and even demand that they are permanent fixtures in the top half of the table. However, given how things are going, we see an ugly affair between two teams which are shot of confidence. West Ham will maybe narrowly win thanks to their home advantage, condemning Everton further and piling more pressure on Lampard. There are no guarantees in football, but this is unlikely to be one for the neutrals.
West Ham 1-0 Everton
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