West Ham vs. Everton Predictions: Two plays for Sunday's clash
West Ham vs. Everton Odds
West Ham and Everton meet for a clash at the London Stadium which is live on Sky Sports on Sunday 3rd April at 2pm.
The Hammers are still in contention for a top-four finish should they finish the season strongly, with everything to play for for both teams in West London.
Everton are fighting for their Premier League survival having never been relegated from the top flight. They have three games in hand over Watford in 18th, who sit three points behind them at the time of writing.
Our man @SamIngram_ has scoured the markets to find some potential value and come back with these two bets that he likes the look of.
West Ham vs. Everton Tips
This Everton side shows few signs of a resurgence. A limp Crystal Palace showing as their last effort, one for the analysts to pick to shreds at Finch Farm.
Frank Lampard did bring signs of life through the door with him in September. Although, that glimmer of hope has gradually weaned over the course of two months.
Eight losses from ten Premier League games move The Toffees within touching distance of a relegation battle. Lampard is yet to win an away fixture in Everton blue, something that needs to change in the run-in. In fact, the former Chelsea man has lost all four matches away from Merseyside.
Everton have recorded 2+ goals in 9 of 13 games away from Goodison Park this season. That ever so penetrable defence is second to only Southampton for shipping multiple strikes on their travels.
It doesn’t get any easier for Lampard and company. There is no let off. David Moyes’ European-chasing Hammers outfit provides the next blockade.
Jarrod Bowen’s absence may offer some comfort, but not enough to side against the Londoners. West Ham boasts the fifth-best home form in the Premier League this campaign. The 27 points from 15 games put them above Chelsea and Manchester United on goal difference.
Averaging 1.80 goals at The London Stadium, this Bowen-less United side is equipped with the know-how to win us this selection. The 1.85 available appears somewhat of a steal, especially if Everton’s miserable streak continues.
Everton needs, desperately, for their strikers to deliver the goods and propel them up the table. However, Richarlison’s involvement in Brazil isn’t exactly ideal preparation.
Granted, the Everton frontman did bag two goals on international duty. Although the trip to Rio de Janeiro, and then to La Paz in Bolivia, suggests potentially heavy legs come Sunday. Not only will Richarlison likely not be at his cutthroat best, but the Toffees will also still be reeling from Allan's straight red card against Newcastle. The Brazilian lynchpin's significance in the centre of the park should not be underestimated, and it's no surprise that Crystal Palace romped to a 4-0 win in the cup in his absence.
Considering we have two teams moving in opposite directions, I’m happy to hang my hat on this being a one-sided affair. I’ve fashioned a bet builder on bet365 which makes a tempting long-shot selection whilst incorporating the two goals in the match that I fancied for the main play.
Over 12.5 shots against Everton has landed in six of seven of Lampard’s matches as gaffer. Away from home, the shit totals have hit lofty totals, including 20 attempts in Newcastle and 19 at St Mary’s.
The Hammers’ average shot total at the London Stadium this season falls just shy of 12.40, attributing to the 1.72 offered shot line that may prove to be a tad low against a travelling Everton team.
In addition, taking the hosts to win nudges the bet builder up to 3.60. As the fifth-best team in the Premier League this season in terms of points on the board, there is every reason to side with Moyes’ men here.
The one concern that punters are right to be wary about is the prospect of Lyon in the Europa League quarter-final. That is a huge game for West Ham United and everyone involved with the club. It’s only natural that Everton’s visit will be played with one eye on Thursday next week, but this is not a fixture to be taken lightly.
There is work still left to be done in the Premier League to ensure similar European nights for the fanbase next season. I can’t see West Ham taking their eye off the ball domestically with such competition for European football.
David Moyes' West Ham will scrap until the season is out, that’s for sure, regardless of how long The Hammers supporters dare to dream in stadiums across the continent.
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