The Hammers and The Toffees are racing against the time to secure their continental place. David Moyes’ men are still fighting for Champions League spot while Everton is looking for keeping their slightest hope for Europa League ticket. With only four and five games remaining for them, their encounter next weeken is simply a do-or-die clash.
The teams’ previous matches
West Ham returned to their winning ways after thumping Burnley 2-1 last weekend on the road. Conceding first by Chris Wood’s penalty, they responded through Michael Antonio’s brace.
Meanwhile, Everton stumbled again at home last weekend while playing host to Aston Villa. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were beaten 1-2. Ollie Watkins netted an opener but Dominic Calvet Lewin’s header put them on a level term. Yet, Anwar El Ghazi’s goal denied their chance for a draw result.
David Moyes shall opt for 4-1-4-1 with the transition to 4-2-3-1. Michael Antonio will be featuring upfront, supported by Jesse Lindgard, Jarred Bowen and Manuel Lanzini or Said Benrahma while Tomas Soucek will be accompanies by Pablo Fornals. Several key figures will ber rules out for this fixture such as Declan Rice, Angelo Ogbonna, Mark Noble and Athur Masuaku.
His counterpart, Carlo Ancelotti, might have to consider changing formation as the effectiveness of his 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-1-2 has began to raise doubts as the results have not been as good as expected. The absence of James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Droucore should push the Italian boss to employ the more pragmatic 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 formation. Richarlison and Calvert Lewin will be the frontmen while Gylfi Sigurdsson shall be accomapanied by Tom Davies and Allan in the middle, while Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne are playing wide. At the backline, Ben Godfrey is operating there alongside Yerry Mina and Michael Keane.
Players to watch
Jesse Lindgard is expected to be in form again along with Michael Antonio to be the main scorer. Both have scored nine goals each and eight assists combined. Another notable figure to watch is Tomas Soucek who also has bagged nine goals.
In Everton, without James Rodriguez, Gylfi Sigurdsson is bound to be the anchorman. The Icelandic has netted six goals and provided four assists. Some other notable men to focus on are Dominic Calvert Lewin and the Brasilian Richarlison.
West Ham vs Everton Prediction
Michael Antonio and Co could carry on their positive form here considering The Toffees’ inconsistency and well-anticipated tactical approach. Unless Ancelotti makes new unexpected system, David Moyes’s side might have a chance to snatch a win here.