Saturday 19 October: 12.30pm KO

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The Premier League returns from the international break and begins with an important match-up. Everton are in the relegation zone and their manager Marco Silva in danger of losing his job. They host West Ham United who are in eighth place, A win at Goodison Park can move them into the Champions League places with a win here.

Latest Odds

These two clubs spent between them over £200m in the summer transfer window. That expenditure has produced varying results indeed. At one point it seemed every transfer rumour included Everton. They bought player after player as part of the desire of their owner to climb out of the shadows of Liverpool.

All that expenditure wasn’t intended to create the current situation. Everton are in the bottom three, 17 points behind Liverpool. The Toffees are 14/1 (15.0) to be relegated this season for the first time in their history.

Everton have only won two league games this season. Both were at home and over Watford and Wolves. They have no away wins and their last two at Goodison have both been lost. The odds on them beating West Ham are 19/20 (1.95) at William Hill.

Marco Silva is in big danger of losing his job as manager of Everton. He’s the current 5/4 (2.25) favourite at BetVictor to be the next Premier League manager to leave their club. A loss on Saturday will see those odds reduced.

The Hammers were also big spenders in the summer, they often are. This time they have made a good start to the season and were as high as third last month. The last two games have seen them draw at Bournemouth and lose at home to Crystal Palace. They need to get back on track and the odds on an away win are 29/10 (3.9) at Unibet.

West Ham haven’t lost an away league game this season. However, they have been held to draws at Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Brighton. Their only win came at bottom-of-the table Watford. The Hammers need to get back into winning ways or they’ll find themselves in the bottom half with Everton. To have a betting experience that is a little bit different, go to the Betbull website.

Head-to-Head

Everton have only lost two of their last six games against West Ham United. They have met 46 times in the Premier League with only nine being won by West Ham. Three of the last four meetings have had over 2.5 goals scored in them. The odds on that stat coming up in this match are 11/10 (2.1) if your bet is placed at Paddy Power.

Team News

Seamus Coleman is suspended for this match after being sent off against Burnley. Everton will also be missing Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph is doubtful. West Ham still have goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski out injured and Robert Snodgrass is doubtful.

Prediction

Everton need a win from this game but they have plenty of problems. Just six league goals scored and 13 conceded. Their impressive home form has disappeared and another defeat will heap even more pressure on Silva. A bet on both teams to score looks a good one and has odds of 4/7 (1.57) at Coral.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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