Everton boss Marco Silva has ramped up the pressure on himself and his team ahead of the visit of West Ham United on Saturday.
The meeting at Goodison Park in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday is fast becoming a crunch clash.
West Ham have been widely backed to challenge the top six after a good start to the season.
Everton were another club many predicted would be jostling with the likes of the Hammers to gatecrash the established Premier League elite.
Silva fighting for Everton future?
But Toffees boss Silva is fighting for his job after four consecutive Premier League defeats.
There have been conflicting reports over Silva’s future on Merseyside.
According to the likes of The Telegraph, Silva must beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham to keep his job.
The Toffees manager himself has made a stark admission ahead of the match, though.
Toffees boss makes stark West Ham admission
Speaking to the press, as quoted by Tribal Football, Silva said: “When I say to you it is a must-win game, it is a must-win game.
“We should win that game, we must win that game to get the three points and get a better position on the table and grow our confidence.
“It’s important for the fans to keep the faith.
“Of course they want more and they deserve more. Our players are sticking together.”
It could go one of two ways for West Ham.
Could go one of two ways for Hammers
The pressure could play into West Ham’s hands and help them secure a morale boosting victory after defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.
Or Silva may get a reaction from the Toffees in his hour of need.
The big negative for Pellegrini is the loss of star player Lukasz Fabianski for three months. It means unfancied and cumbersome goalkeeper Roberto steps in.
Declan Rice meanwhile has been struck down with illness while away with England and will have to be assessed before the game.
There is a rather ominous omen looming ahead of the game, though.
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