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Everton vs West Ham: Irons to remain pointless

Everton vs West Ham Match Preview and Predictions

West Ham will be desperate to get off the mark when their Premier League campaign resumes with a trip to Goodison Park.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The Hammers have lost their opening four matches and their fixtures are not getting any easier, with home games against Chelsea and Manchester United to follow.

Everton, on the other hand, remain unbeaten but have had to settle for a draw in three of their four games and are yet to play any of the 'big six'.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 16th September

What time is kick-off? 16:00

Where is it being played? Goodison Park

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event

Who is the referee? Martin Atkinson

Everton vs West Ham Betting Tips

The lowdown

West Ham spent heavily on new players in the summer but they are yet to see any return on their investment.

Their defence is ranked as the worst in the Premier League so far for chances allowed, with their opponents enjoying an average xG of 2.49.

Only four teams have created fewer chances, too, so there are problems at both ends of the pitch for Manuel Pellegrini to address.

Everton's attacking play has been even worse, with only Huddersfield and Newcastle creating fewer quality chances, and that should be a concern for Marco Silva given the fact the Toffees have had a reasonably easy fixture list.

They look more solid at the back though, with the exception of defending set-pieces, so there is some reason for optimism and a home win at 10/11 is the first of our Everton vs West Ham predictions.

Both teams have scored in all of Everton's matches so far, including the visit of Rotherham in the EFL Cup, so we'll also take odds of 27/10 for Everton to win and both teams to score.

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First goalscorer tips

Cenk Tosun is the favourite to open the scoring but Everton's main striker is yet to get off the mark this season.

Theo Walcott has opened the scoring against both Southampton and Bournemouth though and looks better value at 13/2.

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Our chance creation graphic highlights how Everton's best play comes down the right, where Walcott and Seamus Coleman are combining well.

With right-back Coleman set to miss out through injury, his deputy Jonjoe Kenny may be worth a punt at 14/1 having impressed when called upon, including in the 4-0 win against West Ham last season.

Where the game will be won and lost

West Ham have created fewer chances than their opponents in all four matches so although they may have felt hard done by after conceding an injury-time winner against Wolves last time out, they should not be feeling sorry for themselves.

The prospect of going seven games without a point now looks very realistic and the pressure is on to stop the rot.

"We knew before we started that we had a tough start, seven difficult games," said Pellegrini after the Wolves game.

"I don't think it is a bad start, it is a very bad start. We didn't think we'd lose six points here at home. Here at home to lose we must be very worried.

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"But I think everyone inside the club is calm. I think we have a strong squad and we are going to have better performances in the future. But of course, when you start with no points in four games it is difficult."

West Ham's heads could drop if they go behind and their second-half record this season makes dismal reading, having conceded seven goals and scored none.

With that in mind, the last of our Everton vs West Ham betting tips is Everton to win the second half at 5/4.

Team news

Everton's injury crisis has eased with Theo Walcott, Idrissa Gana Gueye, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bernard all in contention. Defender Yerry Mina trained with the squad for the first time since his £28million summer move from Barcelona after recovering from a foot injury while midfielder James McCarthy has also returned after breaking his leg in January.

Defender Seamus Coleman will be out for two weeks though with a stress fracture of the foot and forward Richarlison serves the final match of his suspension while Phil Jagielka (knee), Andre Gomes (hamstring) and Michael Keane (head) are still absent.

Jack Wilshere is ruled out for West Ham after picking up an ankle problem in training. Striker Javier Hernandez has a virus so will also miss the Goodison Park clash, while Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain long-term absentees.

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Both of these teams have looked shaky at the back and will be keen for a win after poor results last time out so we fancy goals at both ends.

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Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football