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West Ham United FC vs Everton FC, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Stratford, London, London Stadium

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Star

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Relegation battle sees West Ham and Everton battling for vital points at the bottom

  • West Ham have slipped into the bottom three after a disastrous run of form
  • Everton have been poor all season and Frank Lampard’s men are under heavy pressure from fans
  • Match sees 18th and 19th scrapping for points near the foot of the table

West Ham to win 2-0

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Stratford, London, London Stadium

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Few clubs are in as dangerous a position as West Ham and Everton right now, two great clubs with fantastic history but staring down the barrel of relegation.

Under David Moyes, West Ham have enjoyed some successful years, qualifying for Europe and mixing it with the elite clubs higher up the table. This season they have fallen dramatically.

Although they spent well in the summer – close to £150m – their new signings have not been able to push the team on. Indeed, they have gone backwards in many respects. They need to improve their form quickly.

Everton are in an even worse position, it can be argued, judging by the reaction that has come from the fans over the past week or so.

Hatred has been directed at both the owner and the board, although the players themselves haven’t been spared any criticism. It is arguably the lowest period this club has had in half a century.

Can either team find it within themselves to claim victory here?

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Reasons to be cheerful:

     New signing Danny Ings should improve their attack

     Currently have the best defensive record in the bottom half

Reasons to be fearful:

     Winless in seven league games

     Started every game slowly this season

West Ham’s decline this season in terms of points has been matched by their slow and ponderous start to matches on the field.

They are the only team not to score in the opening 15 minutes of a game this campaign, with the Hammers accused of allowing games to drift to negative consequences.

Declan Rice continues to be a shining star in their midfield, but there is now an acceptance from almost everyone that he will move to a big club in the summer. Arsenal, Chelsea, City and United are circling.

The signing of Danny Ings is a positive one – he has scored goals at a good rate wherever he has played over the years and could be the focal point that they are missing right now.

Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca haven’t got going this season, despite the latter’s big-money transfer.

Can they turnaround their seven-game winless streak?

Star Man – Danny Ings

Ings could come straight into the team and do a good job for the Hammers. He has six league goals this season for Villa – if he can get to 15 by the end of the season, West Ham will have a good chance of staying up.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Took the lead against Southampton before second-half collapse

     Beat West Ham earlier in the season

Reasons to be fearful

     Have earned the fewest points of any team over last season and a half

     Only Wolves have scored fewer goals

The nightmare that Everton are currently in has started to turn nasty of late.

Fans have been seen protesting outside of the ground, hurling abuse at players in the streets and making unacceptable threats to those than operate the club at the highest level.

Regardless of whether Frank Lampard is the right man to lead Everton on the pitch, things have become very toxic in the stands and in the boardroom. 

Almost £500m has been spent on this team since Farhad Moshiri took over the ownership of the club, and another £700m will be pumped into a new stadium in the next few seasons. 

That will all look quite foolish if the Toffees are relegated this season, which is a distinct possibility now. They must find a way of improving matters on the pitch to at least give their fans some hope for the future.

Star Man – Demarai Gray

Gray continues to be Everton’s most dynamic player, turning in good performances each week, especially during the absence of Calvert-Lewin. He provided the assist for Onana’s goal in Everton’s recent defeat to Southampton.

     A nervy game between two tense teams

     First goal could win it

     Could be a testy atmosphere the longer it stays goalless

With so much at stake between these two teams, we are unlikely to see an open and engaging contest with plenty of goals.

Instead, it could be a match where chances are at a premium and the crowd will get a little nervy the longer the game stays 0-0.

The arrival of Danny Ings could boost West Ham upfront, while you feel that David Moyes’ men are better placed to collect all three points.

West Ham to win 2-0

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Author: Ross B.