Everton vs. West Ham Predictions and Picks: Scoring Goals For Fun
When: Sunday, October 17 - 9:00 a.m ET
Where: Goodison Park, Liverpool
It is a big one for the Hammers who travel to play Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. The two teams are scoring goals for fun, but Everton is eager to make it four wins in a row on their home turf and improve their goals record.
Everton vs. West Ham Prediction
Everton: Tough to Beat at Home
After seven Premier League rounds, Everton is sitting 5th in the standings with 14 points. They only dropped in 3 games, with all three being on the road. They are the only teams with a perfect record when playing in front of their fans: Three games, three wins, 8 goals scored, and just two conceded in the process.
Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has extremely transformed the Toffees. Despite missing their top 2 strikers Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, they still have players who can find the back of the net. Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray are enjoying a brilliant season with the Toffees. They scored six goals between them and offered three assists.
Before the international break, Everton came from behind to win a well-deserved point in the 1-1 draw against United. The hosts have found the back of the net in eight of their nine games of the season. They failed to score only on the road against Aston Villa. The only problem with Everton, besides the injury crisis, is their lack of accuracy from set pieces. Even Rafa Benitez declared before the international break that he would love to see more goals from set-pieces and a better delivery from corner kicks and free kicks.
Everton trio Lucas Digne, Alex Iwobi, and Seamus Coleman will be back in the starting line-up. At the same time, Yerry Mina will be assessed after his late return from the South American World Cup qualifiers. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Andre Gomes are still out, so we will probably see the same attacking line with Demarai Gray and Salomon Rondon.
West Ham: No Injury Issues
Before the international break, West Ham lost to Brentford in the last second of the game despite having 60% possession, 18 goal attempts, and five shots on target. They are a great team to watch, they are also on the front foot, trying to find gaps in the opposition box, but they have a minor issue that will affect them in the long term.
They are playing in Europa League, and their squad depth is not big enough, so the fatigue may now be starting to kick in. However, it’s a different situation now that we are back from the international break, and we believe they will continue to produce the goods in the Premier League. After losing 2 of their previous 3 EPL games, West Ham dropped 9th in the standings, but the difference between them and the top spots is not big, just 3 points behind 3rd placed Man City.
They must bounce back this weekend but playing on the road against Everton is not an easy task. What about Michail Antonio? He’s like wine; the older he gets, the better he’s playing. He scored 5 goals and offered 3 assists in 6 games because he missed one fixture after being sent off against Southampton. He produced 9 of his team’s 14 goals—incredible numbers for a 31-year-old Premier League striker.
They enter this match on the back of a six-game unbeaten run away from home in the Premier League with 12 goals scored in the process. So, yes, we expect them to at least find the back of the net and offer us an entertaining game.
Everton vs. West Ham Betting Picks
We are looking at goals between two offensive teams who can also create and possess a great pace. The Over 2.5 goals in the game is priced at -110 with DraftKings. If you also want to combine that with Both teams to score option, the price goes at +120 with Bet365.
We are also looking at two player props. Both Everton’s Demarai Gray at +400 and West Ham’s Michail Antonio at +200 are great value bets for the Anytime goalscorer market, and we expect at least one of them to contribute on the scoreboard.