Everton v West Ham United: Vital Midweek Six-Pointer for Both Clubs

At the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season, both of these teams would have had targets that exceeded mere survival. However, as we start to reach the end of the year and the halfway point of the campaign, both West Ham and Watford are firmly involved in relegation scraps and both have sacked their respective managers.

The game also marks a return to Goodison Park for former Everton boss David Moyes but all that the new West Ham boss wants is the three points in what is the most crucial game of the week across all EPL fixtures.

Match Odds

It’s a tight result market with odds-against prices on all three possible outcomes but it’s one that sees Everton take the favourites’ berth at a best of 67/50 with MarathonBet. The draw then follows at a top price of 12/5 with Betway while victory for West Ham is listed at best odds of 49/20 with MarathonBet once again.

David Unsworth’s Everton come into this match in the worst possible form with a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Southampton but they have the home advantage and are just outside of the relegation zone right now. West Ham, meanwhile, are firmly in that bottom three and have just two points from their last four games.

Based on that respective form we are edging towards Everton slightly but who are the men who can clinch the points for the Toffees?

Individual Goal Scorers

Andy Carroll

The question of team selection makes the first goalscorer betting a tough market to call and while Wayne Rooney is favourite to find the net first at best odds of 11/2 with Bet365, the striker was on the bench for the Southampton game on Sunday. Dominic Calvert-Lewin started up front for the Toffees and he can be picked up at a top price of 13/2 with Bet365 once again.

For West Ham, Andy Carroll is seen as the main threat and is available at a best of 13/2 with SkyBet and 188Bet for the first goal while teammate Diafra Sakho is quoted at a top price of 15/2 with Bet365 and Sport Pesa.

Elsewhere, it’s been a disappointing start to life at Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson but the Icelandic international got on the scoresheet against Southampton at the weekend and may now attract some interest at a best of 15/2 with Bet365 and Sport Pesa.

However, like Rooney, Sigurdsson may be a better punt in the anytime market where he sits at a top price of 13/5 with the same two bookmakers for a goal in 90 minutes. Other options in the anytime market include Kevin Mirallas at 3/1 with Bet365 and Paddy Power, Manuel Lanzini at 7/2 with Paddy Power while an outside option could be Everton centre half Michael Keane at best odds of 12/1 with BetFred.

Other Side Bets

Between them, Everton and West Ham have scored 25 goals across 26 Premier League games and a lack of precision up front is one of the reasons why they are both languishing near the bottom of the table.

With those records in mind, it’s hard to back the Both Teams to Score option with any confidence. It’s on offer for this one at best odds of 13/15 with 10Bet and Sport Pesa but a more attractive option could be the top price of 5/6 on offer from MarathonBet for under 2.5 goals in this game.

As for the result, it’s hard to make a case for either team so perhaps we should be looking at the draw at those best odds of 12/5 with Betway but both teams need the points and that desperation should lead to a winner.

Everton were dismal at St Mary’s on Sunday but team selection looks a little confused. They’ve had one decent win under caretaker David Unsworth with a 3-2 home victory against Watford and if the manager uses his strikers to a better degree, the hosts should have the edge but it’s going to be a tight 90 minutes.

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