Paul Merson says West Ham are a nightmare for him but he likes what Everton are doing under Frank Lampard ahead of Sunday’s clash.
West Ham have won just one of their opening six games and sit in the bottom three of the fledgling Premier League table ahead of the trip to Goodison Park.
David Moyes returns to his old club Everton who are led by former West Ham academy graduate Frank Lampard.
Everton have four points like the Hammers but are actually yet to win a game this season.
That does not quite tell the full story for either West Ham or Everton. Both would argue they could and perhaps should have at least another four to six points on their tallies.
And that would have the Hammers and Toffees sitting a lot more comfortably in the early table as the usual football vultures start to circle around the 10-game mark.
Both sides will be desperate to get all three points and alleviate any early pressure.
West Ham go into the Everton game off the back of a nervy 3-2 win away at Silkeborg in the Europa Conference League last night.
Moyes has a near fully fit squad to choose from with only Nayef Aguerd and Ben Johnson out of action.
It is an intriguing match and one that pundit Paul Merson finds hard to call.
Merson says West Ham are a nightmare for him when predicting results this season but likes what Everton are doing under Lampard.
“It might sound ridiculous, but I appreciate what Frank Lampard has done as Everton manager so far,” Merson told SportsKeeda.
“They are getting harder to beat and he’s got his team working hard, which is only a good sign.
“Everton got a great result against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby – they just have to hang in there and keep fighting it out to get points on the board.
“Anthony Gordon was wanted by Chelsea this summer, but that was under Thomas Tuchel and Everton rejected massive amounts of money from the Blues to keep him at the club. I think he’ll stay at the club this season. I refuse to believe they kept him this summer only to sell him midway through the Premier League season!
“West Ham United haven’t had the best start to the season and have been really hard to predict, so I think this game will end all square.”
Merson is predicting West Ham will come away from Everton with a 1-1 draw.