Everton have been really careful in the start of the new season, and have managed to remain undefeated. But their defense is not very solid, as they have failed to keep a single clean sheet. They will now have a tricky task in their return from the break, as they will host West Ham on Sunday. West Ham have lost all four matches so far in the season and are dying to make a comeback.
Date/Time: 9-16-2018, 11:00 EDT
Spread: West Ham +0.5
Total: 2.75 Goals
Everton (1-0-3) were pretty bad in their last match, when they played host to Huddersfield. Their opponents made a very good start in that match and took the lead at the 34th minute. But Everton pulled even just two minutes later, in what was their only shot on target in the whole match. Despite the tough result, Everton extended their undefeated streak to five matches in all competitions (2-0-3). But as I said before, they have yet to keep a single clean sheet. Everton are now sitting at the 9th spot of the Premier League with 9 points, having scored 7 goals against 6 conceded. They will have a ton of absences in this match, as Richarlison is suspended and 7 other players have injury concerns.
On the other hand, West Ham (0-4-0) have had a brutal schedule to start the season and have lost all four matches so far. In their last match they met a really tough 1-0 loss at home against Wolves. They were actually not that bad in that match, but conceded a goal at the stoppage time. West Ham have recorded a win this season, by 3-1 against Wimbledon in a Carabao Cup match. In the Premier League, West Ham are dead last with 0 points, featuring the worst offense (2) and the 3rd worst defense (10). They will also have a handful of absences, with six players doubtful to participate.
Everton destroyed West Ham by a massive 0-4 in this venue last season, before falling by 1-3 on the road. They have dominated this match-up in the last decade, losing just twice to West Ham (11-2-8). They have also been excellent as hosts (10-2-6 in the past decade).
The two teams often see their matches produce a lot of goals, and I expect something similar here. West Ham are at a boiling point right now and should explode for a win soon. Everton are prone to high-scoring matches, so I will take the Over 2.75 Goals here.
Premier League Everton vs West Ham Prediction: Over 2.75 Goals (-102)
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