By David Goulbourn

When: 10:00AM EST, Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Where: London Stadium, London, England

Betting Line: OFF

TV Coverage: NBC Sports App

 

West Ham United (10-7-16) welcome Everton (16-9-8) to London Stadium on Saturday in a Premier League encounter that sees the teams in 13th and 6th place go head to head. The last time these 2 sides met was in October when Everton ran out 2-0 winners at Goodison Park thanks to goals from star duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. That game came at a very different time for Everton and was their first win in 4 games, a long way from their improved form so far this year.

West Ham United come into this game having gone 2 games unbeaten after losing 5 games in a row. Manager Slaven Bilic will be hoping that the club have put their poor form so far this year behind them and will have his eyes on a top half finish in the Premier League for a second successive season. Everton come into the game on a good run of form that has seen them lose just 1 of the last 5 games. Ronald Koeman’s side have been in excellent for so far in 2017 and he will still harbour hopes of getting his side into the Champions League places despite the fact that his side have played more games than the teams around them. His main aim will be to finish above at least 1 of the established top 6 and Arsenal look the most likely team that Everton can surpass.

Everton

Everton come into this game in fine form having lost just once in the last 5 games. Last time out they overcame Burnley 3-1 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and an own goal from Ben Mee. It was another fine performance by the side that have scored the most goals in 2017 so far and Koeman will be looking to finish the season as strongly as possible after enduring a difficult start to the season. Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku now has 24 goals for the season and is 4 clear of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in the leading scorer’s charts.

West Ham United

West Ham United look to have ended their poor form that saw them go winless for 7 successive games and have now gone unbeaten in the last 2 games. Last time out they drew 2-2 with bottom club Sunderland despite taking the lead twice in the game thanks to goals from Andre Ayew and James Collins. A 90th minute equaliser from Italian striker Fabio Borini grabbed a point for Sunderland before Sam Byram was then sent off for West Ham United after picking up 2 yellow cards. Byram will therefore be suspended for Saturday’s clash and adds to a mounting list of players that Bilic cannot call upon.

Key Points

1. Only Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have taken more points than Everton over the last 10 games.

2. West Ham United have struggled in their first season at The London Stadium and only 4 teams in the Premier League have a worse home record than them (Swansea, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Sunderland).

3. Everton have won just 4 games on the road all season and have a worse away record than Crystal Palace and Southampton.

The Pick

Everton have struggled away from home this season but they look in great form at the moment and look likely to win here on Saturday.

Everton 3, West Ham United 2