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West Ham face a desperate Everton

West Ham United head into their clash against desperate Everton who badly need a win. The Toffees haven’t tasted victory in the league since December 16th, and their current form raises serious relegation concerns, especially if a potential second points deduction is enforced.

West Ham face a desperate Everton

This match promises to be a battle of contrasting styles. Both managers, David Moyes and Sean Dyche, are known for their pragmatic and defensive-minded approaches. While West Ham averages slightly higher possession, Everton’s presence among the league’s lowest possession teams suggests a potentially slow and physical encounter.

West Ham’s recent performances, despite the Brentford win, have been far from convincing. They’ll need to show significant improvement, both in terms of character and ambition, to overcome a determined Everton side.

Moyes set to face Amadou Onana is likely to feature from the start, having been a top transfer target for West Ham and Moyes at the start of the 2022/23 season

West Ham face a desperate Everton

A key question mark hangs over West Ham’s central defence. Kurt Zouma’s recent struggles raise concerns, and Angelo Ogbonna might be benched, leaving Moyes with a difficult decision to make.

With Everton expected to pack their defence, West Ham’s attacking strategy will be crucial. Set pieces, particularly free kicks by JWP, could prove vital in breaking the deadlock.

This match (inevitably low scoring) is likely to be a tactical battle between two teams in need of a positive result, with West Ham facing challenges both defensively and up front.
 

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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

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