EVE vs WHU Dream11: Goodison Park will play host to the first Premier League fixture of 2021 as their occupants, Everton, take on the Londoners, West Ham United. Everton was left befuddled after their crucial game against Manchester City was called off in the last minute after a Covid-19 outbreak in Man City’s camp. They will look to put that behind them as they look to take on a West Ham side that have 1 win in their last 6 games, in comparison to a 4-game winning streak by the Toffees as they left it late against Sheffield United but secured the win regardless. The two sides have previously met this season in the fourth rounds of the Carabao Cup that saw Everton wipe West Ham away, 4-1, owing to a Dominic Calvert-Lewin hattrick. However, the stakes are much higher this time and the Hammers will not let be that easy to play against this time.
Everton – WWWLW
West Ham – WDLDD
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Everton – 3
Draws – 1
West Ham – 1
Last meeting: Everton 4-1 West Ham (Carabao Cup, 30th September 2020)
Injury Report, Unavailability: Everton has the same injury list, with Fabian Delph, James Rodriguez, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Lucas Digne and Allan all out injured.
Doubtful: Carlo Ancelotti does not have any doubtful players for this fixture.
Expected changes: The extended break owing to the cancelled fixture will allow Ancelotti to play the same side that faced Sheffield United. Jordan Pickford should start in goal behind the same backline of Mason Holgate, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey. Tom Davies should slot in for the injured Allan in the double pivot. Youngster, Anthony Gordon, got a start against Sheffield and should continue on the left-flank alongside last game’s match-winner, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Alex Iwobi. The in-form, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, will spearhead the attack.
Everton Starting XI (probable):
Jordan Pickford (GK)
Injury Report, Unavailability: David Moyes has a more or less full squad to choose from with Arthur Masuaku being the only injury.
Doubtful: Moyes does not have any doubtful players to worry about either in the EVE vs WHU Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: West Ham will play a different lineup to the one that faced Southampton but Lukasz Fabianski should keep his place in goal with Vladimir Coufal returning to his left-back spot. Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna should continue in centre-back with Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek forming the double-pivot. The front 3 should be a changed one as Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastien Haller all making way for Jarrod Bowen, Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio.
West Ham Starting XI (probable):
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
Bet365: Everton – 19/20; West Ham – 14/5
SkyBet: Everton – 19/20; West Ham – 11/4
Everton goes into this game as the favourites and has the better players, manager and run of form. West Ham, however, is always a tricky side to play against and have help sides to Tottenham and Manchester City to draws. Despite their poor run of form of late, the Hammers still find themselves in the top half of the table, just 6 points off of Everton. The Toffees will look to make that 9 points in the EVE vs WHU Today Match Prediction as they will also leap-frog Leicester and Manchester United to go second in the table.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin –
Goals – 11
Shots on target – 24
Successful dribbles – 11
A proper fox in the box, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has exceeded expectations this season with 11 goals so far. The Englishman will look to use his aerial threat to good measure when Gylfi Sigurdsson whips in his crosses.
Michail Antonio –
Goals – 3
Chances created – 6
Successful dribbles – 14
Antonio is yet to put up extraordinary numbers owing to limited playing time but he will still be West Ham’s most dangerous forward. He is quite dynamic and will not be restricted to his central position. His dribbling prowess too will something that will worry Everton.
Gylfi Sigurdsson –
Chances created – 21
Accurate crosses – 13
Interceptions – 14
Confidence must be high for the man from Iceland as he bagged a winner in the last 10 minutes to secure all 3 points against Sheffield United. He has also whipped in 13 accurate crosses despite playing down that middle and Calvert-Lewin will love to get on the end of them.
Tomas Soucek –
Shots on target – 10
Clearances – 53
Interceptions – 23
Tomas Soucek has been David Moyes’ wildcard this season with the Czech international scoring 4 goals despite playing in defensive midfield. Soucek is often a threat on corners and set-pieces as he’ll look to capitalise on any loose-balls in the final third to tap it in goal.
Abdoulaye Doucoure –
Chances created – 14
Tackles succeeded (Success %) – 18 (58%)
Interceptions – 21
New signing, Doucoure, has been a work-horse in midfield for Carlo Ancelotti and has been impressive in an offensive and defensive sense. He will look to be the link between attack and defence with his dribbles and find the likes of Sigurdsson and Iwobi in space.
Aaron Cresswell –
Chances created – 29
Accurate crosses – 32
Clearances – 46
Playing at left-back, Aaron Cresswell has been excellent as usual with 32 accurate crosses. He has always done his defensive work perfectly with 46 interceptions and 13 interceptions as well.