- West Ham v Everton
- Saturday, January 21st, 2023, 10:00 ET
- At the Olympic Stadium, London
Two under-pressure teams meet in a crucial Premier League clash at London’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday and the draw looks the best pick.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Checking out the best-rated online sportsbooks it’s clear that bookmakers rate West Ham as the big favorite to win this game. The home team is priced at between -125 and -130, while Everton is the outsider available at +390. And if you think the draw is the best option, you can back it at +265.
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Moyes Under Pressure at West Ham
The Premier League is unforgiving, and David Moyes has gone from hero to villain in a short space of time. He may have delivered European football and rare top-four challenges but with the Hammers in the relegation zone, reports suggest defeat here would result in Moyes being sacked.
West Ham fans will hope that with their manager under that kind of pressure, the players will raise their game and deliver the kind of dominant, energetic performance that has characterized the team at its best in recent months. That seems far from certain, however, given their woeful home form.
The Hammers have not won in the Premier League since October and the last three home games have produced three defeats to teams that they were expected to beat. West Ham is a strong defensive team, with the sixth-best record in the division, but it needs to find goals to get out of its current predicament.
Everton’s Rolling Crisis Rolls On
There has been a rolling crisis at Goodison Park over the last few seasons, despite the fact that Everton has spent over £500 million on players in the last five years.
This season was supposed to be different after relegation was narrowly avoided last year, but manager Frank Lampard once again finds himself contemplating a relegation battle. He is the sixth head coach to be given the Everton job in the last six years and has fared no better than his predecessors.
Lampard can at least point to a relatively strong defense, which has conceded only one more goal than West Ham’s defense, but points and league position represent the bottom line in Premier League football and Lampard is just about all out of credit.
Premier League Betting Head-to-Head
Two of the most famous clubs in English football, Everton and West Ham first met in a competitive game in 1907, when Everton won 2-1 in London in the FA Cup.
The Merseysiders have gone on to dominate the head-to-head record, winning 74 times against the Hammers and losing only 43, with 31 drawn games.
West Ham’s best period in this rivalry came between 1980 and 1983, when it lost to Everton once in eight games, while Everton enjoyed two spells of dominance over the Hammers. The first was in the second half of the 1960s, and the second came between 2007 and 2015 when it went 14 games unbeaten.
In recent seasons, the two teams have been well balanced as their last six games have produced three wins apiece, the latest coming in September last year when Everton won 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Premier League Betting Team News
The team news for West Ham is relatively good for this stage of the season. Maxwel Cornet is still out with a calf injury, and fellow striker Gianluca Scamacca’s knee problem is expected to keep him out of action until mid-February, but Danny Ings is expected to be back for this one.
Everton has had some success with a five-man backline, so we are likely to see this formation employed again on Saturday. Up front, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been out of form so Lampard may make a change, although he has limited options. James Garner and Andros Townend are recovering well from their injuries but are not expected to be fit in time for Saturday.
Premier League Match Betting Pick
Everton and West Ham are the bottom two in the Premier League form table, while Moyes and Lampard are the two favorites to be the next Premier League managers to lose their jobs, so we can expect this game to be full of tension from the first whistle. The fact that if Lampard is sacked, Moyes is the favorite to replace him adds an extra bizarre twist to the occasion.
As you might expect, both teams have struggled on their home patch, as playing in front of a discontented home crowd just adds to the pressure. In fact, some of Everton’s best performances have come on the road, including a recent 1-1 draw against Manchester City.
The Toffees have also recorded draws at Brentford, Leeds and Fulham and another draw looks the best pick in the match betting market here. Given these teams’ lack of goals and their generally strong defense, we can also expect this one to be a low scoring encounter.