Premier League: Everton v West Ham

The TV write up last week saw Chelsea thrash Manchester United giving Jose Mourinho to find ways to deflect from his teams performance.

The game saw an 8/5 winner with Eric Bailly seeing yellow in the 29th minute for a foul on Diego Costa.

This week I’m focusing on the Super Sunday clash between Everton and West Ham.


Everton v West Ham

Venue: Goodison Park

Kick Off: 13:30

Referee: Anthony Taylor


Team News

Everton will be without influential pair Leighton Baines and James McCarthy, who both have hamstring injuries.

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Muhamed Besic is still out with injury but Ronald Koeman could recall Gerard Deulofeu back to the starting eleven in place of Kevin Mirallas.

The West Ham injury list is still a long one with Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho being long term absentees.

They was some positive news for Slaven Bilic and Hammers fans when Andre Ayew returned from injury to feature on Wednesday in the EFL Cup.

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Preview 

Everton are going through somewhat of a sticky patch having not won in their last four league games – drawing twice (both 1-1) and losing twice.

Ronald Koeman’s men fell to a late defeat at Burnley last week but a return to home turf may help get them back to winning ways.

West Have may have started to turn a corner. They are unbeaten in the last three having started this run with a 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough and have since followed it up by grinding out wins against Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

The Hammers had the extra focus of the EFL Cup in midweek meaning their players won’t be as fresh physically and maybe mentally coming into this Super Sunday clash.

When these two sides meet you can usually guarantee one thing – goals!

In the last eight Premier League meetings there have been 24 goals, at an average of 3 per game. Over 2.5 Goals in this one is 13/17 with Marathon & 188 Bet.

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Six of the last eight matches have seen Both Teams Scoring and Boylesports go 7/10, which is fair given how this meetings go. This has landed in six of nine league matches, whilst it has done so in five of nine for West Ham.

Three out of four Toffees home games have seen BTTS and it is the same figure of West Ham away games.

Of the six matches that have seen both teams scoring when these sides meet five of them do go Over 2.5 Goals. The combination of BTTS & O2.5 Goals is EVS with Coral and in fairness that looks fairly solid given their records.

Last season’s meeting here at Goodison Park saw West Ham fight back from being 2-0 down to claim the three points late on. They were helped by the dismissal of Kevin Mirallas in the first half of that one as well.

The referee that day was Anthony Taylor and once more he’s been appointed to take charge of this fixture, which may not please the Toffees.

He did referee this fixture all the way back in 2012 when Everton won 2-1 at Upton Park and that day either side had a man sent off, so he does like a dismissal in this fixture and Paddy Power have gone 7/2 for a Red Card in the match.

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However, Taylor is yet to show a red card this season and in all 11 games he’s taken charge of, including European one’s he’s shown 33 yellows, so three cards per game.

It does seem quite an obvious way in but Romelu Lukaku to score is definitely worth a few quid.

The Belgian international has six goals in the Premier League this season and he has a fantastic record against this opposition.

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He’s come up against West Ham on ten occasions and he’s scored in eight goals against them plus assisted three other goals. Looking further into that record he’s scored in each of the last six matches against the Hammers, including the opening goal in three of them, so the 7/2 on him being first goalscorer looks a good bet.

Corners can be rather mixed in this fixture. 50% of their eight meetings have seen double figures whilst the other half has seen single figures. The game here last year saw 15 and the way to possible play this market is Everton in the Corners Handicap market.

The bookies have the bar set at -2, so they need three more corners than the Hammers and this season the Merseyside club have taken 12 more corners in total.

Everton have had more corners in the last three meetings and this has won in two of their home games this season, so Everton -2 Corners at 11/10 is worth a second look.


Advice:

Romelu Lukaku to score (21/20)

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