West Ham v Everton Betting Preview – 22/04/17

West Ham v Everton Betting Preview – 22/04/17

West Ham v Everton Betting Preview

In our West Ham v Everton betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.

Overview

On Saturday afternoon this weekend in the Premier League we see Ronald Koeman take his Everton side on the trip to the London Stadium to face Slaven Bilic’s West Ham. These two met in the reverse fixture back in October when the Hammers made the journey up to Goodison Park. Everton improved as the match progressed and Ross Barkley, who was under scrutiny at the time for some inconsistent performances, capped a fine display with a half-volley that secured the points for the hosts. The visitors were the better side in the first half and had good chances to take the lead, but they seriously lacked the composure in front of goal. They paid the ultimate price for that just five minutes into the second half. Romelu Lukaku was left with the simplest of tasks of nodding the ball into an empty net from two yards out. The win was confirmed on 76 minutes when the Toffees doubled their advantage. A cross in from Lukaku was met by Barkley at the back post and he slotted the ball home.

Barkley silences the doubters

Will Bilic be their next year?

The home side West Ham head into the visit of Everton knowing that realistically their point at the weekend ensured that their safety. Regardless of that, the Hammers are another team who’ve had a disappointing season. After the highs of the seventh place finish last year, all the hard work has been undone with their horrific European campaign and them having no chance of another European place finish. The current situation sees them sat in 13th place in the table, nine points clear of the drop zone. With just five matches left to play, it would take a seriously bad run for them to have any relegation worries. Their form over recent weeks has been awful, they’ve won just once in their last nine Premier League games. The one positive is that the win was in their last home match so they’ll be hoping to build on that and finish the season strongly.

On Saturday afternoon they travelled to the Stadium of Light to face David Moyes’ practically relegated Sunderland. It was the perfect start for the Hammers who took the lead after just five minutes. The ball fell to Andre Ayew inside the area and he fired home. But the Black Cats pulled one back twenty minutes when Wahbi Khazri’s corner kick went straight in. Two minutes into the second half the visitors were back in front as James Collins glanced his header in from a Robert Snodgrass corner. Just as it looked like they were going to hold on for the three points, the hosts snatched a point. Darren Randolph was out of position and Fabio Borini drilled in from the edge of the area. Just to rub it in, Sam Byram was shown a second yellow card deep into stoppage time.

Byram was given his marching orders late on

Can they sneak into fifth?

The away side Everton go into the trip to West Ham just looking to continue with their solid season and come away with another three points. After last years pretty underwhelming 11th place finish, they are a much improved outfit under Koeman this time round. They also aren’t a million miles away from sneaking into a Europa League spot. The current situation sees them sat in 7th place, level on points with Arsenal and three behind Manchester United. The only issue is that both those teams have two games in and over the Toffees, meaning they could put the qualification spot out of reach. They’ve struggled away from home recently, they’ve only lost twice in their last seven away fixtures but have only won on of them. So they’ll want to turn a few more of those draws into wins and put pressure on the two above them.

On Saturday afternoon they welcomed Sean Dyche’s Burnley to Goodison Park, who’d only collected just a single point on their travels so far this season. The Toffees dominated the first half but had nothing to show for it as they went into the break with the score goalless. However it took just four second half minutes for the deadlock to be broken as Phil Jagielka headed in his third in as many games. That lasted three minutes though as Joel Robles fouled Sam Vokes in the area and the same man stepped up to convert the equaliser from the spot. Everton regained the lead when Ross Barkley’s strike was turned into his own net from Ben Mee and then three minutes later the game was wrapped up with a third. Lukaku scored for the ninth successive home game with a powerful finish from inside the area.

Nine in a row

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Second half highest scoring half (Best Priced on bet365 at EVENS) – BET HERE

Romelu Lukaku to score anytime (Best Priced on PaddyPower at 11/10) – BET HERE

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