West Ham vs Everton – Chance for visiting strikers to end barren spells
West Ham are in need of points relatively quickly if they are to win their battle with Premier League relegation, but their poor defensive record against Everton suggests that their strikers will need to be on top form if they are to get a home result.
The Hammers have only managed to win two of their nine league outings at Upton Park so far and letting in 15 goals in these fixtures has not helped their struggles for three points.
West Ham are the 2/1 underdogs in the Premier League betting odds to beat Everton and their chances are not bettered by knowledge of the fact that they have failed to defeat the opposition in their last seven meetings in all competitions.
Furthermore, they have lost all of their last four home games against Everton, who are 13/10 to land the spoils again.
One of Everton’s chief problems has been getting goals from their strikers, with much of the pressure placed on the shoulders of Tim Cahill to continually find the target from midfield.
However, there is a strong chance that Everton’s frontmen may be able to kick-start their season against the Hammers as the goals have been pretty free-flowing in recent campaigns.
Everton have managed 15 goals in their last seven games against West Ham and have managed at least two goals in six of these fixtures.
Thrown in with West Ham’s average defensive record, there is a strong possibility that the game will feature more than 2.5 goals, although finding the scoreline may prove a bit trickier.
The best betting opportunity may be that David Moyes’ team shade the match 2-1, which is valued at 7/1, while the 2-2 draw may be overpriced at 14/1.
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