Best Odds: 51/20
The Premier League is back once again this weekend with another full slate of fixtures to take us through to the end of January. There’s still a whole lot of uncertainty regarding what some teams are aiming for and what other teams are struggling with, but either way, there’s a lot of excitement in the air. Today, we’re going to take a look at another relegation six-pointer as West Ham United prepare to host Everton.
West Ham United have gone from top six, and perhaps even top four hopefuls, to a side trying to fend off relegation. Oh, and it’s all happened in the space of one season. The Hammers just haven’t been able to get things going and alongside their Saturday afternoon opponents, the managerial sack race is something they’re very much a part of. Still, it’s not over until it’s over, and there’s a lot of football left to be played.
Cornet is out through injury, Areola is a fitness concern and Dawson will likely miss out with speculation linking him with a move to Wolves.
Everton fans have been calling for the heads of the board and the manager for a while now. It doesn’t appear as if that’s going to happen anytime soon, which is a shame, given how optimistic some supporters were regarding their ability to turn things around this season. Alas, if there’s ever going to be a chance to get an away win on the board, it’ll be against a team whose morale is as low as theirs.
There’s no shortage of absentees for the visitors here as Patterson, Garner, Keane and Townsend will all miss the trip to the capital.
Factors to Consider
- In their last meeting back in September, Everton beat West Ham 1-0.
- West Ham have won one, drawn one and lost four of their last six games.
- Everton have drawn one and lost five of their last six games.
- West Ham have scored four goals and conceded 10 in their last six games.
- Everton have scored five goals and conceded 15 in their last six games.
This is hardly going to be a Premier League classic but what we do believe it will be is a war. Moyes will be desperate to get one over on his old side but above that, he just wants to try and repair some of the damage they’ve done to their Premier League standing. In equal measure, though, Everton can be tough away from home, which is why we’re backing a 1-1 draw that will leave both feeling a bit frustrated.
Best Odds: 51/20
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