In what is being colloquially dubbed by some as ‘El Sackico‘ given both West Ham manager David Moyes and Everton boss Frank Lampard are teetering on the brink of dismissal, the stakes have arguably never been higher for both men in the dugout. Indeed, this contest is absolutely crucial for both clubs.
The comparable woes have seen both the Hammers and the Toffees slip into the bottom three, making this showdown the first time they have locked horns in the relegation zone since 1995. To highlight their mirror-image struggles, neither club has won a Premier League game in seven outings. The mood is utterly abject.
It is being argued that a defeat here for either manager could prove the final nail in the coffin, so both Moyes and Lampard will be determined to stop the rot and cling on to their current positions. Perhaps more concerningly for the Hammers, they have only netted once from open play in their last five games.
The nerves on the terraces will be palpable, and the mood anxious. This could prove a corker for the neutral — but fans invested will have sweaty palms throughout the showdown.
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West Ham vs Everton match stats
If you are expecting a lightning-quick start, don’t. No side in the Premier League this season has netted fewer first half goals than both West Ham and Everton (six apiece). The Hammers are also the only side yet to score in the opening 15 minutes of a match this campaign. They are notoriously slow starters.
As for who might influence this match. Demarai Gray famously scored the final goal of the Manuel Pellegrini era at West Ham in 2019. His strike for Leicester condemned Pellegrini to the sack shortly after West Ham’s 2-1 loss. Could he sack another West Ham manager? Well, he has been directly involved in each of Everton’s last three Premier League goals, scoring two and assisting the one more.
18 Sep 2022 – Everton 1-0 West Ham – Premier League
03 Apr 2022 – West Ham 2-1 Everton – Premier League
17 Oct 2021 – Everton 0-1 West Ham – Premier League
09 May 2021 – West Ham 0-1 Everton – Premier League
01 Jan 2021 – Everton 0-1 West Ham – Premier League
Lampard has only secured three Premier League wins this season, but one of those was against West Ham back in September. Neal Maupay scored on his club debut which, as it stands, is still his only goal to date in the league for the Toffees.
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