This looks like a regulation Everton win, but injuries and suspensions makes this one a much more even contest than it first appears at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Richarlison is the key absentee for the Toffees, with the Brazilian sitting out the second of his two-game ban for a red card at Bournemouth a few weeks back. His absence leave a gaping hole in the goals department for the side, and will give West Ham hope of getting something out of a tough trip.
The Hammers are as high as 11/4 to win at Goodison, and while I don’t think they will go as far as win, a draw is definitely a possibility. The double chance of a stalemate or away win can be picked up at 4/5 with BoyleSports, which isn’t too bad when you consider Everton’s labored home draw with struggling Huddersfield before the international break.
West Ham’s incapability to keep the back door shut remains Manuel Pellegrini’s biggest problem, however. Goals aren’t too much of a problem at the sharp end, but Lukas Fabianski has been picking the ball out of his own net far too many times despite his great shop-stopping form. Their opponents are also without a clean sheet so far this season, so both teams scoring is surely a banker at 4/6 with BetFred.
If you’re a fan of betting on corners, I wouldn’t recommend a flutter on many in this one. In the two sides’ opening four games so far, Everton have averaged just 3.5 corners per game, with their opponents boasting just a fraction more at 4 per game. Assuming they will keep to their season’s averages this weekend, you can get 5/2 for there to be fewer than 8 corners.
West Ham may well be sitting in the bottom three of the Premier League, but it’s fair to say they won’t be there for long. The Hammers have more than enough individual quality to haul themselves out of trouble, and in absentee-ridden Everton, they have a fixture that presents a good chance to get a morale-boosting result. I fancy a score draw to close Sunday’s Premier League action – a result you can back at odds of 16/5 with Paddy Power.
Premier League Treble: £10 on Arsenal, Newcastle and Crystal Palace returns a tidy £71 with William Hill.
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