West Ham United welcome Everton to the London Stadium this Saturday evening, with Manuel Pellgrini’s Hammers looking to win their fourth consecutive home game in the Premier League. Marco Silva’s Everton side lie two places behind the Hammers in the league table, in 11th place, trailing their hosts by two points.
The Hammers will feel confident at home, as their recent record at the London Stadium has been superb. They are unbeaten in their last six league games on home soil, and have won their last three. The Toffees do not have a great record in London in recent times, either. The Merseyside outfit have failed to win in the last 11 Premier League matches in the capital, a run which stretches back to a 1- win at Crystal Palace in January 2017.
West Ham vs Everton Prediction: Hammers 2-1 Toffees
Everton beat Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park last time out, and will want to build on that result this weekend. West Ham are strong at home at the moment, though, while Everton have struggled to find consistency. The Toffees have won just four away games in 2018/19, and lost eight times on the road. Our prediction for the outcome of this game is that the home side will win 2-1. The game is likely to be closely contested, but the Hammers’ strength at home will see them home, though it might take a late goal to finally seal the victory.
Our recommended tip: Hammers, both score
Our featured tip for this game comes from Coral, who are offering odds of 10/3 on West Ham to win and both teams to score. We think that this is a good bet, as it matches our prediction of a 2-1 home win, while also offering you a fair amount of flexibility when it comes to the final score. The Hammers have been very strong at home in recent weeks, and we expect that record to continue on Saturday against an Everton team who have struggled to find consistency this season.
These two sides have played each other on 45 previous occasions in the Premier League. West Ham have won nine of those games, with five wins coming at home. Everton have won 24 times, with 10 victories coming in east London. Earlier this season, West Ham won 3-1 at Goodison Park in September.
This is the 63rd season that these two teams have played each other in league competition, and West Ham have completed only three previous league ‘doubles’ over the Toffees. A victory on Saturday would therefore be something of a milestone for the Hammers.
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Players to watch: Felipe Anderson & Gylfi Sigurdsson
West Ham attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson leads his club’s scoring charts this season, having netted eight goals in 31 Premier League games in 2018/19. The Brazilian has also provided four assists for his team-mates. He has also made more passes than any other West Ham player this season, with 1,404 passes to his name. He has also created nine big chances, and has played 72 accurate long balls. He has crossed the ball 108 times at an accuracy rate of 29%.
Icelandic playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson remains key to Everton’s hopes of progressing and taking their place back among England’s true elite. In his 31 Premier League appearances in 2018/19, the 29-year-old has scored 12 goals and provided three assists. He has also created seven big chances, and crossed the ball 154 times, at an accuracy rate of 23%. Out of his 69 attempts on goal, 28 have been on target, and three have hit the woodwork.