West Ham face arguably their biggest game of the season thus far tomorrow, when they welcome Everton to the London Stadium.
The Hammers have an absolutely torrid fixture list over the next couple of months, with games against Leicester City, Liverpool (twice), Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all to come in their next 11 league games.
So a win over Everton will be of paramount importance to West Ham.
And that’s what two high profile pundits have predicted will happen.
BBC Sport’s Mark Lawrenson backed the Hammers to win the game 2-1:
“Moyes is not going to play open, expansive football because he doesn’t know some of his players yet, and they have not been playing well – you have got to understand that his priority will be to make it difficult for teams to play against them.”
Lawro’s prediction: 2-1
And Sky Sports’ Charlie Nicholas predicted the same outcome:
“What a cracking game. David Moyes, who I thought would get the Everton job, comes up against his old club once more. He does have to prove a point and keep West Ham alive. Carlo Ancelotti has picked up a couple of decent results but the scar and embarrassment of losing to Liverpool’s schoolboys still lingers. West Ham will be aggressive and get in their face. Everton are a talented bunch and they are an inconsistent bunch.”
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 2-1
David Moyes would bite your hand off for a 2-1 win over his former club.
If West Ham are on their best form, and they will need to be, Everton will be in for a tough afternoon in east London tomorrow.
The Toffees will be desperate for a win themselves, with the 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Liverpool from two weeks ago still lingering in their minds.
It should be a cracking game of football, and if West Ham do fail to win, panic will surely set in at the London Stadium. Moyes was brought in to steady the ship and guide the Hammers towards safety.
The Scot has made a decent start, but a lot of hard work still lies ahead.