Preview - Everton vs West Ham United 17 September 18

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Match Day 5
Everton vs West Ham United
Monday, September 17th, 2018
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Goodison Park

Last five matches form: L D W D D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.53
Top Scorer 17/18: Oumar Niasse ( 8 )

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: W L L L L
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.26
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.79
Top Scorer 17/18: Marko Arnautovic (11)

Two sides who were hoping for relatively big things this season lock horns at Goodison Park this weekend as Everton play host to West Ham United. With just one win between them so far, it's safe to say that things aren't quite going to plan.

In fairness that maybe a little harsh on Everton who have looked pretty good at times and haven't been helped by being reduced to ten men in two of their four games. The fact that they are still unbeaten even in view of that is a testament to the team spirit Marco Silva seems to be engendering in the squad. A draw against Huddersfield at home last time out though was undoubtedly a shade disappointing and the home crowd will be hoping for more here.

If our opening assessment was hard on Everton it certainly wasn't on West Ham who have been abject defensively in losing all four of their league games to date. The club went all in on Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, but so far their vast expenditure is showing scant reward. These things can take time though and maybe the international break will have helped in terms of the team becoming more familiar with one another.

Everton deserve their status as favourites for this one, but without key man Richarlison we just don't trust them to get the job done. West Ham have too many good players to remain this poor for much longer and we see them picking up considerably as the season wears on. Possibly starting here.

Prediction: Everton 1 - 2 West Ham United


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 3
Shots:  11 - 7
Shots on target: 6 - 4
Corner Kicks: 4 - 2
Possession: 58% - 42%

A busy afternoon for referee Martin Atkinson on the cards front. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bernard being booked for the home side, in addition to Arthur Masuaku, Andriy Yarmolenko, Pablo Zabaleta, Declan Rice and Robert Snodgrass for West Ham United.

This was much more like it from West Ham, with Manuel Pellegrini appearing to get his tactics spot on here as his side repeatedly found space in the middle of the park. They were however aided by some poor mistakes from Everton, both in attack and defence.

West Ham took the lead in just the eleventh minute and it was all too easy. A straight ball over the top sending Marko Arnautovic clean through on goal, the frontman holding off his man and playing in debutant Andriy Yarmolenko to slot in from around seven yards.

Twenty minutes later Yarmolenko grabbed another. This one began with a poor clearance from England keeper, Jordan Pickford. The Ukrainian wide man driving towards the right side of the area before cutting inside onto his favoured left foot and curling a super finish into the top left corner.

Everton did get a goal back before half time. Jonjoe Kenny putting in an excellent cross from the right which was met by a thumping header into the top right corner from Gylfi Sigurddson. Game on. 2-1 at half time.

The fourth goal was always likely to prove crucial here it was West Ham who grabbed it in the 61st minute. Marko Arnautovic's performance deserved a goal and he got one. Holding the ball up well on the edge of the area he played it into Pedro Obiang. Obiang returned the favour for the Austrian to beat Pickford on the stretch.

Wasteful finishing from first Cenk Tosun and then Oumar Niasse handicapped Everton's efforts to get back into this.
1-3 final score.

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