Everton head into the New Year will extend their unbeaten streak in the Premier League to five matches. The side welcomes home West Ham at Goodison Park on Friday with kickoff at 830 pm.
Meanwhile, the Hammers make their trip to the Toffees on the back of four games without a win in the league. Their winless run leaves the Hammers currently at 10th position against Everton are comfortable at fourth.
Carlo Ancelotti was on a high roll with four wins in the Premier League before their match with Manchester City was called off due to positive coronavirus cases. The case led to the match postponed on Monday.
Even though their momentum might feel halted to a certain degree, Ancelotti might take it as a breather and a blessing in disguise to end their impressive half-season campaign. The Meyerside outfit might be called some injury returns until the stated date.
While Everton has had to rely on some set-pieces on their recent occasions for a win, their improvement has proved a needed one. Dominic-Calvert Lewin currently is on a goal dry spell with Mohamad Salah leading as the top scorer with 13 goals.
On the other hand, West Ham remains without a win after returning to the top six, recording only three points from four matches that mark David Moye’s season’s low point.
Everton vs. West Ham Head to Head
Both sides have 31 games against each other with Everton taking home 17 wins while West Ham with five wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Sheffield United 0-1 Everton
Everton 0-2 Man United
Everton 2-1 Arsenal
Leicester City 0-2 Everton
Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Southampton 0-0 West Ham
West Ham 2-2 Brighton
Chelsea 3-0 West Ham
West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace
Leeds 1-2 West Ham
Everton Team News
Ancelotti might be able to call on James Rodriguez, with the Colombian not featuring since December 5. Youngster Anthony Gordon might get a second successive start this week. Iwobi might continue as wing-back linking with Davies in midfield.
West Ham Team News
In less than a week, the third game for David Moyes might need to change things up in the starting XI. James Bowen, Said Benharma and Michail Antonio are pushing for recalls while Vladimir Coufal is pushing for a start at right-back.
Prediction and Odds
Everton looks sharper and composed after getting an unexpected rest this week against a worked out West Ham outfit.
Goals Under 3.5
Both Teams to Score