Everton hoping for Super Sunday as they face tough trip to West Ham
Super Sunday kicks off at 1pm (GMT) this weekend, as Everton make a tough trip to London to face West Ham United.
West Ham United welcome Merseyside club Everton on Sunday, with both sides looking for consistency.
The run in
West Ham return home to the London Stadium for the first time since October 8th, where they clinched a late 2-2 draw against visitors Newcastle United. Since then, they have lost back-to-back games; Aston Villa thrashed the Hammers 4-1 in the Premier League, and Greek outfit Olympiacos secured a 2-1 win as the sides met in the Europa League earlier this week.
The hosts have made a respectable start to the season as they find themselves in ninth place on 14pts, with a neutral goal difference after scoring and conceding 16 goals, respectively. Of West Ham’s three league losses this season, two of them have come at the hands of Manchester City and Liverpool. Even Aston Villa sit 5th in the league table.
Alongside impressive 3-1 victories over Chelsea and Brighton and Hove Albion, the Hammers will provide a daunting task for the visitors.
Everton have, perhaps unsurprisingly, made a poor start to the Premier League season. Beginning the season with some important players missing through injury, the Blues have suffered a number of devastating defeats at the hands of their fellow relegation rivals, largely due to their inability to convert chances.
With the return of players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Harrison and Dwight McNeil, they have managed two wins from their last four league games; a 3-1 away win over Brentford, and a 3-0 win, and important clean sheet, against Bournemouth.
Although Everton have lost three of their last five league games, two of the losses were to Arsenal and Liverpool, with the outlier coming from a poor 2-1 defeat to Luton Town. While the Merseyside club have been found lacking in the goal department, their recent increase in confidence could provide a stellar test for West Ham.
Coming into this weekend’s match, West Ham will be without Italian left-back Emerson Palmieri, after he picked up his fifth yellow card against Aston Villa. The defender has started all nine league games for the home side, completing 90 minutes in every games; he’s created 0.8 chances per 90 thus far, with one assist.
Lukasz Fabianski remains a concern, after missing Thursday’s Europea League tie with Olympiacos, due to illness. Vladimir Coufal is also a doubt as he too missed out on the Europa League matchup due to a muscle injury. The right-back has also started every game thus far for West Ham, creating 1.3 chances per 90 and assisting four goals for the Hammers.
While Everton have a few injuries, there don’t seem to be any serious misses. Andre Gomes continues his recovery from a calf injury and has yet to feature for the away side this season.
Dele Alli continues his recovery from a hip injury and could return as soon as November, while Seamus Coleman’s knee injury keeps him out, with an expected return date of mid-November this year.
The most important player missing is Ashley Young. The experienced full-back is suspended after receiving two yellow cards in last weekend’s Merseyside derby.
West Ham United: Areola; Coufal, Zouma, Aguerd, Cresswell; Alvarez, Ward-Prowse, Bowen, Soucek, Paqueta; Antonio.
Everton: Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko; Harrison, Garner, Onana, Doucoure, McNeil; Calvert-Lewin.
Score prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Everton
Where to watch: Sky Sports Main Events/Sky Sports Premier League, 1pm (GMT).
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