After the players have had an opportunity to regroup during the international break, West Ham will be looking to get their first points of the season when Manuel Pellegrini takes his side to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday.
The Hammers have been short on attacking ideas so far this season and the Toffees are yet to lose. Pellegrini will be looking hard for weaknesses in Marco Silva’s new-look team.
He may well be in luck. Silva’s Everton have struggled at set pieces so far this season and a look at his record at Watford and Hull City indicates the problem may run deeper. How can West Ham exploit that?
Six of the seven goals Everton have conceded so far in all competitions have been from dead ball situations, and Silva has tried to implement a zonal marking system.
Those early numbers could possibly be attributed to a bedding in period, and Silva is still missing summer signing Yerry Mina.
However, over 38% of the goals conceded by both Watford and Hull under Silva came from set pieces, so it may well be fair to ask whether there is a deeper lying problem. Either way, it is something Pellegrini should look to exploit.
How can West Ham make the most of it?
Pellegrini will surely be working on set piece routines this week; Gareth Southgate’s England this summer proved the importance of preparation and ingenuinity from dead balls.
He also has towering players capable of taking advantage. Marko Arnautovic and Angelo Ogbonna are two obvious examples, but perhaps the evidence suggests it’s time to unleash Andriy Yarmolenko.