West Ham will go in search of their first points of the season on Sunday when they travel to Goodison Park when they face Everton.

Manuel Pellegrini is still searching for the right formula to get the best out of his new-look side and will be wary of Marco Silva’s unbeaten Toffees.

But where will this one be lost and won? We’ve picked out three key duels that could decide the clash…

Lucas Digne vs Andriy Yarmolenko

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Everton have been searching for a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines and former Barcelona man Digne looks the ideal fit.

However, he is not quite up to match sharpness and has not got a pre-season behind him. Andriy Yarmolenko has also not been at full tilt since his arrival in east London but found the net for Ukraine during the international break.

That should boost his confidence and Pellegrini should unleash him from the start. Digne is still finding his feet and may struggle if Yarmolenko hits the straps on Sunday.


Morgan Schneiderlin vs Jack Wilshere

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Midfield is probably the one area Pellegrini has really struggled to find a balance. His current options do not look to have the legs to support the attack or protect the defence.

Wilshere offers Pellegrini’s biggest hope. His quality is not in doubt; it’s just a case of finding his best position and getting the right players around him.

Schneiderlin is a capable destroyer though, and will be looking to take advantage of any soft centre still visible after the international break. Wilshere needs a big performance.

Cenk Tosun vs Angelo Ogbonna

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Tosun is yet to find the net this season and West Ham are yet to keep a clean sheet. The Turkish international will be looking to take advantage of any uncertainty at the heart of the Hammers backline.

Meanwhile, Ogbonna was absent last time out and his return would be a big boost to West Ham’s hopes of shutting out Tosun and co.

Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena have both struggled to adapt to English football – just as Tosun did in January, before finding his feet towards the end of last season – so Ogbonna’s leadership qualities will be important here.

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