West Ham’s inconsistent form must have manager Manuel Pellegrini pulling his hair out. Their last two fixtures against relegation-threatened sides have seen them lose to Cardiff City and win after coming from behind against Huddersfield.
What Hammers side turns up at the London Stadium against Everton on Saturday is anyone’s guess. Marco Silva’s team will have been boosted by their 2-0 win over Chelsea before the international break, but they have been underperforming for the most part this campaign.
Their away form has been pretty poor with just four wins from 15 games, accruing just 15 points in the process. Their last game away from Goodison Park saw them surrender a two-goal lead to Newcastle to lose 3-2.
In terms of injuries, West Ham now only have five players on the injury list, which is the lowest number they’ve had this season. Andy Carroll looks to be out for the season with an ankle injury, while Jack Wilshere is also unlikely to make an appearance again this campaign despite returning to training following ankle surgery.
Carlos Sanchez (knee) and Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles) remain out of contention, while Winston Reid is building up his fitness following a year out with a knee injury.
For Everton, Yerry Mina is a major doubt for the weekend after the defender was substituted before halftime in Colombia’s 2-1 defeat to South Korea on Tuesday. Lucas Digne is also struggling with a thigh problem.
Andre Gomes had to be taken off with an ankle injury in their win over Chelsea, and his fitness remains a concern ahead of the weekend. Defender Phil Jagielka is also a doubt after sustaining a knock.
At the bookies, West Ham are favourites to win, with BetVictor having them at 8/5. A draw is currently 49/20 at Unibet while a victory for Everton is 15/8 with Betfred.
West Ham’s Predicted XI To Face Everton:
Fabianski, Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell, Nasri, Rice, Noble, Anderson, Lanzini, Hernandez
Everton’s Predicted XI:
Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Baines, Richarlison, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin
Predicted Score – 2-2