Everton Match Preview
West Ham United are the only team in the Premier League yet to score a first-half goal. They will hope to put that statistic right when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton this afternoon.
The Irons are currently in the Premier League’s relegation zone, due to Aston Villa playing twice since the East Londoners were last in action at Chelsea on 3 September.
This will be a key win for West Ham if they were to repeat the successes earned over the Toffees when they were under the guidance of both Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez.
The hosts are currently level on points with their opponents but crucially, one place above them in the table. It would also mean that the Hammers will bounce straight out of the bottom three ahead of the international break.
One major factor in favour of Lampard’s side here is that they haven’t played since the goalless draw in the Merseyside derby, which took place on the same day that Moyes’ men were unlucky not to claim a point from Stamford Bridge.
Everton are still looking for their first win of the season, so this could potentially present the visitors with an excellent chance to claim their third consecutive triumph in all competitions.
Craig Dawson made his long-awaited return from injury against Danish Superliga side Silkeborg IF in their UEFA Europa Conference League Group B match three days ago and he could travel with the squad to Merseyside. Aaron Cresswell also returned on Thursday and he will be looking to retain his place.
Tomáš Souček, Saïd Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Pablo Fornals will all look to be involved here, while it was a rare night off for Michail Antonio in Denmark but he is back in contention. Moyes might decide to play two upfront, given that Gianluca Scamacca scored a fantastic goal in the week.
It is expected that Łukasz Fabiański will replace Alphonse Areola in goal, while Manuel Lanzini will want to remain in the side after starting the comeback against the Danes. Kurt Zouma should be restored to the defence.
Sunday’s original kick-off time was 2pm and the match wasn’t initially scheduled to be televised. However, due to policing arrangements ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday, it will now get underway at 2:15pm with live coverage being screened by Sky Sports from 2:05pm. The referee is Michael Oliver.