Saturday’s late kick-off in the Premier League sees Everton make the journey south to face West Ham at the London Stadium. The Toffees produced a fine display to dispose of Chelsea last time out, but they’ve lost four of their last six on the road. Can the Hammers make it three wins in a row against this weekend’s opponents?
West Ham United vs Everton – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: London Stadium
Date: 30 March 2019
Kick Off Time: 17:30 GMT
Referee in Charge: Paul Tierney
TV Channel / Live Stream: Saturday’s match will be live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD in the UK. Live streaming will be available via the BT Sport app on your mobile or tablet device.
West Ham vs Everton – The Form Guide
Believe it or not, the London Stadium is a bit of a fortress this season. They nearly ruined it last time out at home to Huddersfield, though, but showed great spirit to come back from 3-1 down to win it 4-3 at the death.
West Ham have not lost a home game in the Premier League since a 2-0 defeat to Watford before Christmas. Everton will not relish the trip to London, but if Huddersfield can score three against them then they will be slightly encouraged and confident that they can find the net. This exact fixture last season ended 3-1 to the home side with a brace from Manuel Lanzini and one from Marko Arnautovic. West Ham also won 3-1 earlier this season at Goodison. 3-1 again on Saturday?
Marco Silva is hanging on to his job by the skin of his teeth. The win against Chelsea saved his job in a lot of people’s opinions. How long will it last? Everton always seem to be turning a corner and then go and lose a game they should have got something from. It was the same after the Cardiff win. They followed that up with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Merseyside rivals Liverpool only to then go and lose against Newcastle.
It’s been the way their season has panned out all season, so it wouldn't surprise the critics at all if the Toffees followed up their cracking win against Chelsea with defeat at West Ham. The 0-0 draw against Liverpool was actually their first draw in 15 games, so it might be worth ignoring the price on a draw on Saturday.
Marco Silva’s side have Arsenal and Manchester United to come in two of their next three games, so a positive result is of paramount importance this weekend if we’re to see a manager stay in his job. Could Silva be out of the door by Saturday night if they lose? Arguably so.
The Last Meeting – Everton 1-3 West Ham
It was the Andriy Yarmolenko show when West Ham and Everton locked horns at Goodison Park back in September. The Hammers ran out 3-1 winners courtesy of a splendid brace from the Ukraine international and a strike from the ever-controversial Marko Arnautovic. Gylfi Sigurdsson did get Everton back into it on the stroke of half-time, but a poor second-half display saw West Ham kill the game off with a third from their Austrian forward.
Incidentally, West Ham had lost all four Premier League games before their trip to Goodison. This win really did kickstart their season. What was even more remarkable about this result was that Marco Silva was unbeaten as Everton manager before it.
The match also had a birthday feel to it, and unlucky for Everton, they enjoy gifting wins to managers on their birthday. Manuel Pellegrini was the first manager to win a Premier League game on his birthday since Arsene Wenger in October of last season, which was also against Everton.
West Ham vs Everton – The News This Week
Declan Rice – Will He Stay at West Ham?
It was inevitable, wasn’t it? Reports suggest Declan Rice could leave West Ham this summer for a large sum of money. Manuel Pellegrini also stated in his press conference ahead of this weekend’s match that everyone has a price. He’s stated the obvious there, but that hasn’t stopped the rumours.
We all know that Pep Guardiola is on the lookout for a decent defensive midfielder for his Manchester City side. Fernandinho is not getting any younger and Rice looks the ideal replacement. He can play at the back too don’t forget. How much will City need to cough up to tempt West Ham to part with one of their best players? He’s arguably the best English prospect the Hammers have had since the likes of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand. Sorry Mark Noble, no offence intended.
So how much is he worth? £40m? £50m? £60m?
Well, he’s English. That adds around £30m straight away. If he’d stayed Irish that might have added £3m. He’s young. Add another £10m. He’s got a huge amount of potential too. There are reports that Harry Maguire might make the move to Manchester United for around £80m, so surely Declan Rice is worth close to that? Ok, so he’s not really proven much yet, but he’s as talented as they come in his position. I’d say £60m is a fair price. Gold and Sullivan will certainly love the sound of that. It’s all speculation until the summer, though. Let’s just enjoy the rest of the season with Rice in a West Ham shirt. If Pellegrini can somehow snatch seventh and a Europa League spot, that could go some way to convincing Rice to stay for at least another season. However, money talks, we all know that.
Jose Mourinho to Everton?
Reports on Thursday suggested that Jose Mourinho could be set for a move back to the North West of England to manage…Everton? Surely not. Well, they say there’s no smoke without fire. Mourinho was 12/1 on Thursday morning to be the next Everton manager, but there’s been a fair amount of money placed on him which has seen him shorten to 4/1!
Before you get too excited Everton fans, would you want him? You’ve seen how negative his football is these days. I understand Marco Silva is on his final warning, but a young manager who loves to play attacking football should be your next step, shouldn’t it? There’s so much potential at Everton Football Club, they just need the right manager to realise it. Sadly, it doesn’t look like Marco Silva is that man.
What is the Team News for Saturday?
The home side’s injury list is one of the longest in the Premier League. You can now add Samir Nasri to that list as he’s carrying a niggle and looks set to miss out. Carroll, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Reid, Sanchez. You might not see any of these play again this season. It’ll be a shame for Andy Carroll if that’s the case, there’s no doubt about that. Why? Well, he’s got an option for another year at West Ham but it doesn’t look like Pellegrini is going to trigger that option. We may have already seen Carroll in a West Ham shirt for the last time.
Javier Hernandez was on the bench for the Huddersfield game, but we all know what he came on and did in the second half. He’s got to start, hasn’t he? I wouldn’t rule out a front two on Saturday of Chicharito and Arnautovic.
As for Everton, Marco Silva was dealt the blow this week that Yerry Mina is set to miss the remainder of the season after getting injured on International duty. Lucas Digne and Phil Jagielka are also facing a race against time to be fit.
West Ham Predicted XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Diop, Cresswell, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Anderson, Arnautovic, Hernandez.
Everton Predicted XI: Pickford, Coleman, Zouma, Keane, Digne, Gomes, Gueye, Sigurdsson, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin.
There’s no clear favourite for this one. Bookies have priced West Ham up at 8/5 to win on Saturday. Everton are available to back at 15/8, with the draw at 5/2.
First Goalscorer Betting
Manuel Lanzini loves a goal against Everton. Javier Hernandez is in good goalscoring form. Marko Arnautovic is due a goal, isn’t he? Here are the best picks for First Goalscorer in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Marko Arnautovic – 11/2
Javier Hernandez – 6/1
Felipe Anderson – 7/1
Michail Antonio – 9/1
Manuel Lanzini – 11/1
Mark Noble – 16/1
Declan Rice – 28/1
Richarlison – 5/1
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7/1
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 15/2
Theo Walcott – 14/1
Bernard – 16/1
Andre Gomes – 22/1
Lucas Digne – 33/1
2-1. I think Everton will give West Ham a run for their money this weekend. However, I think the Hammers will prevail to make it four home wins on the bounce to preserve their unbeaten record at the London Stadium this calendar year.
It will be interesting to see who scores first as West Ham have a tendency to crumble if they fall behind. It’s worth noting here, though, that Manuel Pellegrini’s side haven’t lost any of their last 17 Premier League matches when they’ve scored at least one goal in the game. Not a good omen for the Toffees at all in all honesty.
The bookies have both teams to score priced up at a very short 6/10, so they expect plenty of goals in East London on Saturday evening. Over 2.5 goals is also odds on at 8/11, so I’m sticking with the Match Odds market. West Ham to win at odds of 8/5 is well worth backing, especially when you consider how good they’ve been at home this year.
Match Stats and Facts
- West Ham have won their last two meetings with Everton, winning 3-1 on both occasions.
- The Hammers have only ever done the double over Everton three times in their history. This would be the fourth with a win on Saturday.
- West Ham haven’t lost a single game at home in 2019.
- Everton have not won a game in London since January 2017. A run of 10 games without a win in the Capital.
- Marco Silva’s managed on nine occasions in London. He’s not won one game yet (D1 L8).
- Manuel Lanzini has scored three league goals in three home games against the Toffees.
West Ham's Remaining Premier League Fixtures
- Everton H
- Chelsea A
- Manchester United A
- Leicester City H
- Tottenham Hotspur A
- Southampton H
- Watford A
Everton's Remaining Premier League Fixtures
- West Ham A
- Arsenal H
- Fulham A
- Manchester United H
- Crystal Palace A
- Burnley H
- Tottenham Hotspur A
Looking at the remaining games for the two sides, both of them should be able to gain enough points to finish in the top half come the end of the season. The battle for seventh is still very much on with the likes of Watford, Wolves, and Leicester too.
On paper, it looks like West Ham have the easier run-in, but with Everton beating Chelsea at home, who’s to say they can’t also be Arsenal and Man Utd at Goodison Park? It’s going to be an interesting end to the season and one which could end with one of these sides grabbing a place in the Europa League by finishing seventh. The loser on Saturday can probably kiss goodbye to that.