West Ham start the new year with a difficult match against an inform Toffees side, but will the Hammers pick up a result.
As West Ham Face a tough trip to take on Everton. The Hammers have drawn their last two games, this form has seen them drop out of the European places and into mid-table. David Moyes will have to make another set of changes to team to make sure everyone is fresh. But what do GSH think will happen in the game?
Justin: Everton 1-1 West Ham
I’m beginning to get tired of draws but a point would be a great result against an Everton side who have won their previous four Premier League matches. While James remains sidelined due to injury, Richarlison will be back in the squad for the match on New Year’s Day.
While the Toffees do have a solid attack led by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, it is Everton’s defence that has been on point as of late, giving up only 2 goals in their last 5 league matches. West Ham, on the other hand, have had a difficult time breaking teams down, finishing 2 of the last 3 matches without scoring a goal.
David Moyes will surely be relying on his defence to come with another good performance like the one we saw against Southampton. Overall, I think both teams’ defences will continue to play well while both sides nick a goal at some point. It will be a competitive game that will see the Hammers get another well-deserved point as they kick off 2021 with a good result.
Jeremiah: Everton 1-1 West Ham
Congestion and uncertainty, two things that can describe the current state of West Ham football. After a dismal showing last time out, they now have to face Everton, who are anything but poor at the moment. However, this match hopefully looks to have some hope for the Hammers.
David Moyes has been too poor at selecting his starting XI, and with some well-deserved rest, he should have a full squad, minus Arthur Masuaku, at his disposal. I predict another slow game, but West Ham should hang on and get another point to edge their season towards safety.
Adam: Everton 2 – 3 West Ham
Another match where I have no actual idea what is going to happen – from Everton or West Ham to be fair. The second half team that Moyes used via subs against Southampton was far more adventurous offensively and linked up better than the Haller dependent one that started the match. If Moyes sticks with Said Benrahma and Jarrod Bowen, regardless of the striker selected, the Hammers will be better off to actually create offensively.
Defensively, there are no glaring issues to address, but Everton’s speed out wide should be respected enough to warrant a return to a back three. Ben Johnson and Vladimir Coufal should return to the wingback positions and thankfully Cresswell will be pulled off of fullback duty. It could be a goal-fest, but West Ham can top the Toffees.
Louis: Everton 3-1 West Ham
West Ham earned a decent away point away at Southampton on Tuesday, but I think this game will prove a fixture too far in this busy period.
The Toffees have had an extra rest as their match against Man City was postponed, meaning that it is likely that they will be able to out-energise the Hammers from minute one.
That, along with the fact that they’ve won four Premier League games in a row, means that David Moyes will have to come up with a masterclass to earn anything out of this match.