There is no shortage of subplots for West Ham’s six-pointer against Everton at the London Stadium.
Two big clubs in the bottom three going head-to-head with their managers – who both have long histories with their opponents – under intense pressure.
Reports claim David Moyes could be sacked by West Ham if they do not beat his old club Everton.
And Frank Lampard is allegedly clinging on to the Toffees job as he faces West Ham, his boyhood club where he launched his career.
West Ham go into the game off the back of the dismal defeat to fellow relegation strugglers Wolves last time out.
Everton meanwhile threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to Southampton.
It may be freezing right now but it is an understatement to say the heat is on for both teams.
Now Paul Merson has predicted a clear winner of the ‘huge and tough’ West Ham v Everton clash.
Speaking in his column on Sportskeeda, Merson explained why he believes West Ham will emerge 2-0 winners.
“This is a huge game,” Merson said on Sportskeeda.
“This is a game between the third-bottom and second-bottom teams in the Premier League table.
“Everton have played the bottom team in the Premier League and have lost twice – they can’t afford to do that. They did quite well against Man City, and they’ll have to do it again.
“This is a tough game for West Ham, and it’s a game that neither manager can afford to lose. West Ham are playing at home, and I think they have the upper hand in this game.”
Ahead of the game West Ham are expected to announce the signing of striker Danny Ings from Aston Villa.
There are concerns Gianluca Scamacca could be out for a spell as he missed training ahead of the Everton clash.
Earlier today it was revealed the Hammers were pushing to get Ings signed and registered before Friday’s 12pm deadline ahead of the Everton match.
Ironically Everton saw their own move for Ings knocked back earlier this month.