Everton v West Ham Preview And Predictions - Premier League Week Eight
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Everton v West Ham Preview And Predictions - Premier League Week Eight

Everton and West Ham kick-off Sunday's Premier League action when they clash at Goodison Park. Rafa Benitez's side have got their campaign off to a flying start and sit just two points off the top of the table, while the Hammers themselves are in decent form despite a 2-1 loss to Brentford prior to the international break. Check out our preview and predictions, and if playing online casino is your choice of entertainment, head over to Genting Casino and enjoy our premium experience with over 3000 of your favourite online slots and table games available on any device.



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A very strong start to the season under Rafa Benitez sees Everton just two points off top spot after seven matches, which is even more impressive when you consider they’ve been without their talisman Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the most recent four games, as well as Brazil’s Richarlison for the latest three. 

It’s unclear whether either will be fit for this one and while that certainly will hamper their output, they’ve proven they can pick up results even without the deadly duo.

West Ham made an equally impressive start winning their opening two games and scoring eight in the process, though they’ve won just one of their last five and lost two of their last three, succumbing to last minute goals at home against both Man United and Brentford. 

Those are the Hammers’ only defeats in their last 13 games across all competitions though and they’ve not lost by more than a single strike in any competition since Liverpool visited in January.

The only reason West Ham didn’t finish in the Champions League spots last term was down to their record against the sides above them, and a similar trend seems to have continued this year. 

Indeed, they picked up 2.07 points per game against sides that finished below them, and just 0.7 against the sides above last year, while all 11 of their points so far this season have come against sides currently in the bottom eight, which doesn’t bode well here.

Both Teams To Score

Nothing split these sides in their head-to-heads last term, both taking away 1-0 wins and it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the same outcome this Sunday, especially if the hosts can’t field that aforementioned attacking duo. 

However, with Moyes’s poor record against Benitez we wouldn’t be too confident in the away win, nor the low scoring affair. Indeed, Moyes has just a W3-D3-L11 record against Benitez, losing each of their last five meetings and with the latest three seeing both teams find the net.

While the outcome is very much up in the air here, what we would expect are goals. All but one of West Ham’s outings this league season have seen over 2.5 goals land with no side averaging more match goals than the Hammers, with each of those six games also seeing both sides find the net, and it’s not as though the toffees are playing low scoring games either. 

Both rank in the top four in the league for match goals per game, with Everton scoring at least twice in all three of their home games so far.

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BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE


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