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Irons look to keep up recent Goodison form

West Ham’s record against Everton has improved dramatically over recent years.

Once upon a time in the not too distant past The Toffees were our serious bogey team with Romelu Lukaku a scourge towards anything in claret and blue.

But since 2015 things have levelled themselves out well with the Hammers winning four of the last nine fixtures, Everton four and one being drawn.

Two of our wins have come at Goodison Park which augurs well for this weekend’s visit although it’s as well to recall that prior to 2015 Everton had gone 14 unbeaten against us – nothing is a given.

Whilst the Irons come into the game on the back of the Palace defeat, they had gone six unbeaten in the PL prior to that. Marco Silva’s side are in poor shape. sitting 18th in the League having lost their last fourĀ  Premier League games.

They were beaten by Burnley last time out, Manchester City prior to that, Sheffield United and Bournemouth after managing two wins in their opening four fixtures.

It’s regularly pointed out that if a team is bang out of form the one side who can give them a helping hand is the Hammers but with everybody fit and on a redemption mission after Palace I fancy us.

Assuming Declan Rice gets through his current sickness bug we can assume the team will look like this: Roberto, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice, Noble; Yarmolenko, Anderson, Lanzini and Haller.

My early prediction: Toffees 1 Irons 2

About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon