Preview - West Ham United vs Everton 18 January 20

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Match Day 23
West Ham United vs. Everton
Saturday, January 18th 2020
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: W L L W L
Average goals per match: 1.19
Average goals against per match:1.57
Top Scorer: Sébastien Haller (6)

Last five matches form: D W W L W
Average goals per match: 1.14
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: Richarlison & Dominic Calvert-Lewin ( 8 )

It's been an up and down start for David Moyes on his return to West Ham, with an impressive win over - a - admittedly woeful - Bournemouth side in his first game followed up by a narrow loss at Sheffield United. Next up for Moyes it's this home clash against the club with whom he really made his name, as Everton pay a visit to the London Stadium.

Everton have held the edge in this fixture of late - winning 2-0 both in the game here last season and in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere are all out for the home side, whilst Everton are expected to be without Alex Iwobi, André Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.

Having gone winless in six in front of their own fans, Moyes stopped the rot at the first time of asking in that Bournemouth clash. The Cherries are so bad at the minute though that it would perhaps prove unwise to read too much into that. West Ham have scored two or more in five of eleven, but conceded two or more in six of eleven.

Everton are much improved of late, with their only defeat in their past seven in the league coming at the hands of Manchester City. They haven't been great on the road overall though in winning only two of eleven - conceding two or more in six of those games.

This looks one of the toughest games of the weekend to call. Overall though we are more convinced that Everton have turned the corner than West Ham and can see the Toffees nicking it.

Prediction: West Ham United 1 - 2 Everton


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 12 - 11
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 6
Possession: 49% - 51%

Just the one booking in this one, with Pablo Zabaleta of the home side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Andre Marriner.

West Ham were having the better of the opening exchanges, although they were certainly being helped by lapses in concentration in the Everton defence. One of which led to Sébastien Haller being slipped in in the right of the area. He did allow himself to drift a little wide before taking on the shot though and could only hit Jordan Pickford in the end.

It was the home side who took the lead when striking in the 40th minute. Robert Snodgrass sending in a dangerous freekick from out on the right and Issa Diop getting across his marker to glance home into the left-hand side from around seven yards out and slightly to the right.

The lead lasted all of four minutes. A corner played in from the right and Mason Holgate getting the flick on at the near post - Dominic Calvert-Lewin merely having to get something on it from practically on the line to level up the scores headed into the break.

A pretty even encounter in the second half, with both sides really struggling to find that killer final ball or finish in the final third - ultimately having to rely on efforts from range. Neither keeper was unduly troubled though as this one ended up all square.

A point apiece it is then, leaving West Ham sitting in 16th spot and only one point clear of the relegation zone. Everton lie in eleventh spot and now seven points above the drop zone.

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