After what has been a dour week following losses away to Aston Villa and Olympiakos, West Ham return to home comforts as they look to get back to winning ways against Sean Dyche’s Everton.
The two defeats have formed a dent into an otherwise promising start to the season for the Hammers, and manager David Moyes will be targeting three points against his former club in a chance to silence the grumbles from a section of the West Ham faithful.
One of the positives of playing in European competition is the quick-turnaround that allows the team to put a loss behind them before anybody has had the chance to fully digest it. Conversely, if the losing streak continues, it could prove difficult to escape as the fixture pile up becomes more-and-more hectic as the season progresses.
This is why a home fixture against an Everton side, who lie 16th in the Premier League table having earned just seven points in nine games, should be seen as the perfect opportunity to get back on track in what could be an exciting campaign for the Hammers.
But what do our resident Green Street Hammers Staff believe will happen on Sunday? Will West Ham prove to be too strong at home or could the Toffees finish off a disastrous week for Moyes’ men?
*Jamie – West Ham 2-0 Everton*
After a depressing night in Europe, I can see West Ham putting in a better performance. Like the ones we’ve seen at the start of the season, I expect a cagey match but one where the hammers prevail. Dyche is old news, his 442 tactics are hard to score against, but won’t pose areola much of a threat.
Im going with 2-0 West Ham. I also predict Kudus to start and score, as well as Jarrod Bowen to bag one. Ward-Prowse will have lots of space and will work magic in a convincing win. Don’t underestimate how difficult Everton could be to play against though, they’ve got something to prove after their proposed 12 point deduction.
*Alex – West Ham 1-0 Everton*
After two poor results, there is big pressure to get back to winning ways. We’ve made a good start to the season, the two recent fixtures aside, and we need to prove it’s just a short dip in form.
The fringe players did nothing versus Olympiakos to warrant a place in the starting XI but Kudus must come into the side – he has the talent to unlock what will be stubborn Dyche organised defence. It will be a close and physical game but the extra quality we have in attacking areas via Paqueta, Bowen and hopefully Kudus will be the difference.
*Louis – West Ham 2-1 Everton*
Whilst I don’t expect free-flowing football against an organised Sean Dyche side, this game against Everton is one in which we should be targeting three points, and anything less should be considered a failure.
The two respective losses against Aston Villa and Olympiakos will have perhaps given the fanbase a reality check in what was such a promising start to the season. It could also have been a wake-up call for the squad as they more than anyone will want to get back to winning ways.
I think we will just about scrape the win but with our inability to keep a clean sheet, we will have to earn it.
*Jack – West Ham 2-1 Everton*
After a great start to the season we’ve had our first real blip. Both losses to Olympiacos and Aston Villa were tame and avoidable but it could really be the best thing for us.
Both games have shown that when we score we are incredibly dangerous so we just need to do that within the first 20 minutes against Everton.
The Toffees are very hit and miss but have recorded some fantastic results this season so Moyes will be wary.
I think and hope that we will right the wrongs against Moyes’ former club with a 2-1 win at home.
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