Everton have made a blistering start to the 2021/22 season, and they sit in fifth place, level on points with Man City and Man United. West Ham have struggled with the demands of European football, and their promising start has tailed off recently. Following the international break, both sides will be refreshed and ready for an intriguing fixture at Goodison Park on Sunday. The match kicks off at 2p.m and will be broadcast on Sky Sports.
Rafa Benitez led his Everton side to a 2-0 win at Norwich and a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Old Trafford before the October internationals. West Ham suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss at home to Brentford last time out. It was their second Premier League defeat in three matches. Everton will be without Fabian Delph (shoulder) and Lucas Digne (thigh) this weekend. The Toffees will be buoyed by the expected return of Alex Iwobi, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes. West Ham pair Vladimir Coufal and Ryan Fredricks are likely to feature for the Hammers this weekend, but they will face late fitness tests after recent injuries.
There is very little between these two sides in the matchwinner market, and the game could be extremely close. Everton have been in fine home form this season, winning their three Premier League matches at Goodison. SBK will provide the best odds for the Toffees to extend their 100% home record at 39/25. West Ham were on a three-match winning streak before their shock 2-1 home loss to Brentford before the break. Although the Hammers have dropped recent points at home, they have been hard-to-beat on the road, winning two and drawing one of their three away matches in the Premier League. SBK again will provide the best returns for an away win at 49/25. Our matchwinner tip this weekend is to back a draw on Merseyside. Recent head to heads shows no clear advantage for either side as Everton and West Ham have won two games each in their last four at Goodison. A stalemate is likely this weekend, and Betfred will return big odds of 5/2 for a deadlock.
In recent meetings, there have been some low scoring encounters between Everton and West Ham. The last two fixtures have ended in 1-0 score lines to either side, and there have been under 2.5 goals in five of the last six head to heads. For another low scorer, William Hill have the best odds with 1/1 odds for under 2.5 total goals. However, Everton, in particular, are a different side under Rafa Benitez. His side have seen over 2.5 goals in six of their nine matches in all competitions this season. David Moyes’ West Ham have also seen some high scoring games recently, with over 2.5 goals in six of their seven Premier League matches this term. At 9/10, Bet365 will return decent odds for Everton and West Ham to produce another high-scorer.
Everton and West Ham have several top-quality players in their ranks who should contribute to a potential goal-fest at Goodison. West Ham striker Michail Antonio has been in fine form this season, netting six goals in his first eight games in all competitions. The Jamaican is backed at 19/10 by Mansion Bet to strike again against Everton. But, for a better value option, our tip is to go with Andros Townsend as an anytime scorer at 9/2, provided by Betfair. Townsend has been in electric form since joining the Toffees this season, and the winger has scored in his last three matches, including the vital equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Man United.
Everton vs West Ham could be the pick of the weekend as the two sides score and concede plenty of goals. More net busters are expected between the two sides this weekend, with an engaging tie set to take place on Merseyside. As always, our weekly tips are intended to provide good value if you choose to place a wager this weekend. Please remember that our tips are based on the information and news available. They are not given winners. Ensure you are aware of responsible gambling procedures before placing a bet. For more information on good value bets and free bets, please check out our homepage.