There is a Marco Silva-shaped statistic casting an ominous shadow over West Ham United’s trip to Everton this weekend.
The Toffees and Hammers 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.
But Toffees boss Silva is fighting for his job after four consecutive Premier League defeats.
Silva fighting to save Everton job?
According to reports in the likes of The Telegraph, Silva must beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham to keep his job.
With so much seemingly riding on the game for the hosts West Ham fans – downcast after the loss of their best player Lukasz Fabianski for three months – feel the scenario could work against them.
In one respect 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.
Fascinating statistic points to Hammers win
But there is one big statistic which might just point to a West Ham win and Silva’s departure.
At 42, Everton is Silva’s sixth job as a manager.
It was only in his first role at Estoril in Portugal where he managed more than 100 games.
Coincidentally his average spell at a club is 53 games.
And guess what game West Ham are for Silva as Everton boss? Yes, number 53.
Come in number… 53
Whether you believe in omens or fate or read into such statistics, there is no denying that will be playing on the minds of the Everton board.
For Manuel Pellegrini the focus must be on repeating last season’s excellent 3-1 at Goodison Park.
Do that and all the reports and statistics point to the Portuguese being handed his P45.