In what is likely a proverbial six-pointer for the status as Premier League’s ‘best of the rest’ come the end of the season, with these two clubs just on the periphery of a ‘Big Six’ standing, Everton and West Ham converge on Goodison Park looking to break the glass ceiling and secure European football for next campaign.
David Moyes’ men achieved just that last season, finishing sixth ahead of Arsenal and Tottenham, which gained them access to the Europa League group stages this time around, and the Hammers have begun their continental calendar with two wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Rapid Vienna.
However, their league form has suffered as a result. Following both of their Thursday night excursions, they have lost the following game, so Moyes’ job will be to ensure his side stay in the top-six conversation this term whilst juggling a more traffic-heavy schedule, though Sunday represents an ominous away day indeed.
Everton under the ever-polarising Rafa Benitez have started the season like a house on fire, currently sitting fifth in the table (three points ahead of ninth-placed West Ham) and look a well-choreographed outfit. The Toffees will be a hard nut to crack this term, and could yet ask questions in the upper reaches of the division.
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Everton vs West Ham: Match Stats
Everton have long been a bit of a bogey team for West Ham, a kryptonite for the east Londoners. In fact, the Toffees have won more Premier League games (27) and scored more Premier League goals (87) against the Hammers than they have versus any other opponent in the competition.
A huge chunk of those came under Moyes, but the Glaswegian could yet endure a similar fate if he is unable to turn the tide and get the Hammers back firing on all cylinders. They have lost two of their last three Premier League games, more than they had in their previous nine combined.
01 Jan 2021 – West Ham 0-1 Everton – Premier League
09 May 2021 – Everton 0-1 West Ham – Premier League
30 Sep 2020 – Everton 4-1 West Ham – League Cup
18 Jan 2020 – West Ham 1-1 Everton – Premier League
19 Oct 2019 – Everton 2-0 West Ham – Premier League
West Ham’s form at Goodison Park leaves a lot to be desired, but in recent visits they have enjoyed success, as far as the league is concerned anyway. The club have won two of their last three Premier League away games against Everton, which is as many as they had in their previous 21 visits to the blue half of Merseyside. Tomas Soucek’s late winner last term was made all the more wondrous after his endearing ‘potato salad’ interview post-triumph.