West Ham enjoyed a double dose of success in the Europa League over the last week, however, they have yet to kick into gear domestically. Can the Hammers breathe life into their Premier League campaign with a positive result against draw specialists Everton at Goodison Park?
Below, we’ve compiled a cluster of stats for today’s contest with morsels of data on shots, xG, corners, cards and more. Each section should arm with info for any bet builders you’re constructing today. Good luck!
Jordan Pickford is expected to be out until after the international break and veteran stopper Asmir Begovic should be handed the gloves for Everton today.
With Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina both sidelined, James Tarkowski and Conor Coady’s partnership at centre-half isn’t in danger of being broken up.
Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Michail Antonio were all named on the bench on Thursday for West Ham’s clash with Silkeborg in the Europa League, though all four players should be recalled today.
David Moyes set up West Ham in a 3-4-1-2 formation at Chelsea in the Irons’ last Premier League test and he could deploy his team in a similar shape at Goodison Park.
Winless Everton have scored just four times in the Premier League since the summer, though their xG for (1.53 p/90) suggests their output should be higher.
Only Nottingham Forest are conceding more shots p/90 than the Toffees (16.50), however, and that figure combined with their xG against (2.00 p/90) points to issues at the back.
West Ham (3) are one of just two teams to have notched less often than Everton and the Hammers have been mustering a measly 2.66 shots on target per 90 in the top flight.
The Irons are winning very few corners (3.50 p/90), while their xG for (1.24) also makes for grim reading. Things just aren’t clicking in attack for David Moyes’ limp charges.
Player Shots and Shots on Target
Homegrown starlet Anthony Gordon has been a bright spark in an otherwise dull Everton campaign so far and the 21-year-old (2.20 SOT p/90) has been taking the fight to opposing teams almost single-handedly.
Summer signing Neal Maupay (5.00 shots p/90) made an impact on his debut against Liverpool, while James Tarkowski has been offering a threat from set pieces (0.83 shots per 90).
Said Benrahma ranks well for shots (2.48) and shots on target (0.83), though the Algerian still hasn’t scored a Premier League goal, which points to a wastefulness and tendency to shoot from unfavourable areas.
Brazilian schemer Lucas Paqueta has been remarkably accurate with his efforts (0.85 SOT p/90), while the usually troublesome Michail Antonio (1.40 shots per 90) has been a peripheral figure in attack so far.
Player Goals and Assists
Everton have scored just three times this season in the league with Anthony Gordon providing all but one of them. Demarai Gray notched a late equalizer against Forest last month.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury nightmare shows no sign of ending. The 25-year-old has yet to see a single minute of action this term. Incredibly, keeper Jordan Pickford has more assists than Gordon and Gray combined.
Jarrod Bowen has yet to post a single goal or assist in the Premier League this season, making his recent call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad all the more confusing.
Summer capture Gianluca Scamacca still hasn’t made a splash domestically, while Michail Antonio’s one-goal haul is a poor return for a player who hit double figures in each of his last three seasons.
Anthony Gordon has been leading the charge in numerous directions for Everton this season and the winger has been carded more often (3) than any of his teammates so far.
Defensive midfielder Amadou Onana (2.42 fouls, 2 cards) has been clocking the kind of figures you’d expect from a player in his position, while Tom Davies (2) has been mixing it in the midfield warzone too.
Jarrod Bowen has been unable to recapture last season’s form, though the wide attacker’s struggles could in part be attributed to how often he is being fouled (2.54). Look out for Anthony Gordon when he tucks back in to double up on Bowen with Vitalii Mykolenko today.
Lucas Paqueta’s ability to split a defence with a pass makes him a target for worried opponents in midfield (fouled 2.50 p90). Everton’s Onana will have the Brazilian in his sights today, as will his partner in crime, Tom Davies.
Match-Ups to watch
Vitaly Mykolenko vs Jarrod Bowen
Amadou Onana vs Lucas Paqueta
Anthony Gordon vs Conor Coady
West Ham Cards
Thilo Kehrer has found the step from French to English football tough to breach so far and the German (2 cards) has been wild with his challenges at times.
Lucas Paqueta (3.33 fouls p/90) has blended more seamlessly with the cut and thrust of the Premier League and to his credit, the creative lynchpin has been getting stuck in. Declan Rice (1.00 fouls, 1 card) should have a heavy workload today against an aggressive Everton midfield.
Anthony Gordon has been marked out as Everton’s biggest threat and the number of fouls committed against him has risen accordingly (1.86 per 90). Thilo Kehrer won’t enjoy dealing with Gordon’s movement around the West Ham box. The German international could also struggle to keep Anthony Gordon under wraps when the flanksman cuts inside.
Amadou Onana (1.52) has been on the receiving end of some hits in midfield and his collisions with Declan Rice could be tasty today.
Match-Ups to watch
Thilo Kehrer vs Anthony Gordon
Lucas Paqueta vs Amadou Onana
Michail Antonio vs Tom Davies
That’s a wrap for the Everton vs West Ham stats pack. There’s plenty on offer in this one, so if you’re putting together a bet builder then best of luck and I hope the stats pack has helped. If you are having a bet tomorrow then remember to be sensible with your stakes and to keep it fun.