Everton welcome 8th placed West Ham United to Goodison Park on Saturday. Following four consecutive league defeats, Evertonians will be hoping for a change in form. Pressure continues to mount on Marco Silva, which is intensified by the fact that his Everton side currently sit in the relegation zone. Make sure to check out the Toffee TV YouTube channel for more Everton news:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3bkdHBB8kY&t=9s
Four back-to-back defeats against Burnley, Man City, Sheffield United, and Bournemouth have led to an increasing amount of unhappy Everton fans. If Everton fail again to pick up points this weekend, Marco Silva may be relieved of his services.
Like many Premier League sides this season, West Ham have experienced fairly mixed results. During the three wins, three draws, and two losses, West Ham have displayed an impressive attacking presence. In particular, the likes of Felipe Anderson, Sebastien Haller, and Andriy Yarmolenko provide an offensive threat for them. The work-rate and skill of Felipe Anderson will be a very tough test for Djibril Sidibe, who will presumably replace the suspended Seamus Coleman.
Despite the dangerous West Ham frontline, their defence has looked shaky at times, conceding only two less than a struggling Everton side in the league (11).
During this fixture last season, Everton suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Goodison, whilst dominating away from home a few months later in a 2-0 win. At home in the previous two seasons, Everton were victorious against West Ham (4-0 in 2017 and 2-0 in 2016).
I’ve suggested this formation for the last few weeks, but Marco Silva continues to persist with the slow and stale 4-2-3-1. Everton lack creativity, and need a more dynamic midfield three to be able to penetrate the spaces left by West Ham on Saturday. The reintroduction of the Bernard/Digne link-up play would also be very welcome, as this was where Everton’s best attacking play originated from last season. The selection of both defensive-minded midfielders, Delph and Schneiderlin, is not needed on Saturday, nor was it needed in the Burnley fixture. Just the one will do.
Score prediction: Everton 2-2 West Ham
I expect a fairly open game in which Everton perform better than the last league game, primarily due to West Ham being less negative than Burnley, and allowing Everton to have more space in attacking areas. However, given recent results, a loss certainly wouldn’t be a surprise. Changes in formation, line-up, and style of play are needed on Saturday, or else this could be Silva’s last game in charge. It’s a must-win game.
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