Preview - West Ham United vs Everton 13 May 2018

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Match Day 38
West Ham United vs Everton
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United: 
Last five matches form: D L L W D
Average goals per match: 1.22
Average goals against per match: 1.81
Top Scorer: Marko Arnautovic (10)

Everton:
Last five matches form: D D W W D
Average goals per match: 1.16
Average goals against per match: 1.49
Top Scorer: Wayne Rooney (10)

This clash at the London Stadium could be a game of farewells if the latest rumours are to be believed. Both West Ham boss, David Moyes, and Everton gaffer, Sam Allardyce, seem far from certain to remain in their roles next season, whilst newspaper reports suggest that Wayne Rooney will soon be off to play in the MLS as his career begins to wind down.

Nothing at stake really here. Everton will be looking to hold on to eighth spot, whilst West Ham could move up to tenth should they win and all the other results go their way. The Hammers will at least be able to play with some of the pressure off now though, a pressure which has at times been unbearable this season, particularly here at the London Stadium.

James McCarthy, Maarten Stekelenburg, Eliaquim Mangala, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Wayne Rooney all look set to miss out for Everton, whilst the possible absence of Theo Walcott would leave the side seriously short of attacking options.

West Ham must make do without Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid, Sam Byram and Michail Antonio.

Everton have been picking up results lately, but really haven't been playing very well and were lucky to even get a point against Southampton at Goodison last week. With that mounting injury list, the Toffees seem likely to come unstuck eventually and it may well be here.




 Prediction: West Ham United 3 - 1 Everton

Harry85


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots:  15 - 14
Shots on target: 4 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 57% - 43%

Just the one card issued by referee Graham Scott. Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori the man to see yellow.

The Hammers took the lead in the 39th minute. Cheikhou Kouyate's ball appearing to just evade Marko Arnautovic but running into the path of Manuel Lanzini on the edge of the area. Smart finish from the Argentine to find the bottom right corner. 1-0 at the break.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute and it was a cracker. Marko Arnautovic spinning his man around 25 yards from goal before unleashing an absolute missile that was past Jordan Pickford before he had time to react.

Everton briefly threatened to get back into this in the 74th minute. Baye Oumar Niasse showing good control following a bout of head tennis in the area to fire home from point blank range.

Lanzini restored West Ham's two goal cushion in the 82nd minute. Picking up the ball in the left-hand corner of the 18 yard box before cutting inside and curling an effort towards the far top corner. Pickford getting a hand to it but the ball still going in off the post. 3-1 final score.

This win moved West Ham United up to a final finishing position of 13th, and fully nine points clear of the relegation zone in the end despite what was at times the most fraught of campaigns.

Everton finish up in eighth. Probably below their pre-season hopes, but given the terrible start they had, it must go down as a solid performance in the end. Sam Allardyce's illustrating once again that whilst his methods at times aren't pretty, they are effective.






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