We heaped praise on Everton at the beginning of this season but they’re now five games without a win and the optimism surrounding Ronald Koeman’s arrival has evaporated. They should never have lost at Burnley last weekend and conceding late goals was a habit under previous manager Roberto Martinez last season and the Toffees can only hope this defeat is not part of a pattern.
Following their EFL victory over Chelsea, West Ham have won three on the bounce as they seem to have recovered from their early season dip. They may not be at their fluent best of last season, but Bilic won’t care and the managers’ decision to adjust to three at the back has paid dividends. They’re now a lot more difficult to break down as consecutive clean sheets in the league for the first time since early March suggests.
Everton are unbeaten at home in the league this term, winning two and sharing the spoils twice but Koeman has got a long way to go to turning Goodison into a fortress. The two victories came against an out of form Stoke side and a struggling Middlesbrough while five of their six home triumph’s last season were against the bottom-five. We believe this rejuvenated Hammers side to be stronger than that so we recommend taking the hosts on at 1.8.
Best Bet: West Ham – Draw Double Chance at 2.0