West Ham face Everton this weekend and hope to pick up their first points of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have lost all four of their opening Premier League fixtures. But they have a chance to move up the league table with a win over the Toffees away from home.
West Ham travel to Everton for the 4pm kick-off on Sunday and here is the pre-match preview of that game.
Everton have long been considered West Ham’s bogey team. The Premier League stats prove this: Everton have won 24 of the 44 Premier League meetings between the two sides.
On the other hand, West Ham have claimed just eight victories against Everton.
Only three of those have come at Goodison Park during the Premier League era, while Everton have won 14 of these games in that time.
Tim Breacker’s early goal gave West Ham a 1-0 win in the first ever Premier League meeting between Everton and West Ham at Goodison Park in 1994.
In the 2005/06 season, Bobby Zamora completed a turnaround for the Hammers in a 2-1 win. David Weir had scored an own goal earlier in the game to cancel out James Beattie’s early opener.
The most recent win against Everton away came in March 2016. West Ham were trailing 2-0 against ten-man Everton when Romelu Lukaku missed a penalty.
In dramatic fashion, West Ham scored three goals in the last 12 minutes with strikes coming from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and a 90th minute winner from Dimitri Payet.
Everton are unbeaten this season but have only won one of their four Premier League games.
They beat Southampton but drew with Wolves, Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town.
Under new manager Marco Silva, the Toffees are still gelling but have six points more than Sunday’s visitors.
Everton are struggling with players this week. It looks like it could be a good time to play Silva’s men, who have a number of injury concerns.
Silva is without key defenders like Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane, while Yerry Mina is doubtful.
In midfield, James McCarthy is out and Idrissa Gueye is also likely to miss the match.
Theo Walcott has been in good goal scoring form but he is a doubt, while the other in-form attacking midfielder Richarlison is suspended. Bernard could start in their place but he is a doubt and so is Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
For West Ham, Jack Wilshere will miss the game with a minor knock, Javier Hernandez is ill and the long-term absentees (Winston Reid, Andy Carroll and Manuel Lanzini) remain sidelined.
Walcott has a good record against West Ham, scoring six times in 13 games against the East Londoners, but he is a doubt.
In his absence, West Ham will need to watch out for Gylfi Sigurdsson, while Jordan Pickford will be keen to make amends after a poor display at The London Stadium last season.
West Ham have every chance of picking up their first points of the season at Goodison Park.
It is time to forget the negative record at this ground and go for the jugular against a heavily depleted Everton side.
If West Ham play to their full potential, three points could be up for grabs. I’m going to go for a sneaky 2-1 win for the Irons.