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Everton vs West Ham United Tips - Stalemate expected

17 Oct 2021
  • EPL Week 8 fixture will take place at Goodison Park on Sunday (14:00 BST)
  • Everton forced Man U to a draw in their last match
  • West Ham suffered a home loss to Brentford in their last outing
  • Everton beat West Ham in their last meeting back in May
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Everton and West Ham United are both raring to return to their winning ways when they face off at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton look like a tough team to beat under Rafael Benitez, losing just one of their opening seven games and they sit fifth in the standings with 14 points.

The Toffees held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford before the international break. Andros Townsend struck in the 65th minute to cancel Anthony Martial's opener just before half-time. Townsend is Everton’s leading scorer with three goals along with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray.

Defender Seamus Coleman is doubtful to feature due to a hamstring injury. Strikers Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will also most remain on the sidelines due to injury. 

West Ham, meanwhile, have lost their way recently after a positive start and they boast just one win from their last five league games. 

David Moyes’ boys suffered a 1-2 home loss to Brentford in the last round. Jarrod Bowen equalised 10 minutes from time but they gave up a goal to Yoane Wissa in injury time. The Hammers, who had won three in a row across all competitions prior to the loss, are currently ranked ninth in the table with 11 points.

Michail Antonio is the man to watch for West Ham having scored five times this season to rank behind Liverpool’s Mo Salah and Liecester’s Jamie Vardy in the league goal leaders. 

Defender Vladimir Coufal is doubtful after picking up a groin injury. Forward Michail Antonio has started the season in emphatic fashion with six goals in eight matches.

West Ham won 1-0 in their last trip to Goodison Park but Everton triumphed by a similar scoreline in the last meeting between the two teams back in May.
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Verdict

We expect a close encounter at Goodison Park so a draw with both teams scoring is likely to happen.

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Everton v West Ham

17 Oct 2021