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Ending Everton hoodoo will prove West Ham’s worth as European contenders

06 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Ending Everton hoodoo will prove West Ham’s worth as European contenders

Victory on Saturday to end their miserable record against the Toffees would show that West Ham can continue to challenge traditional hierarchy

West Ham are facing a growing battle against the gravitational forces of the Premier League pecking order after seeing their month-long occupation of a top-four spot ended last weekend.

Despite their best efforts to upset the traditional hierarchy by beating Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, it is missed opportunities against the teams below them that are threatening to undermine their stellar start to the season.

Defeat to Watford last time out means that they have now dropped 10 points against sides in the bottom half.

And while that loss at Vicarage Road was the first on their travels this campaign, whether they can address their inconsistent home form will decide if their flirtation with the upper echelons of the league table are to become something more meaningful.

The Hammers have won just two of their five games at Upton Park so far ahead of the visit of Everton this weekend – although one of those did come against champions Chelsea last time out.

Andy Carroll scored the winner from the bench that day, but, with Diafra Sakho missing through injury, he is expected to start on Saturday.

After this week stating his desire to break back into the England set-up, Carroll is 11/2 to score first and 6/4 to find the net at any time.

Another man looking to press his international claims is Dimitri Payet, having once again been overlooked for France’s forthcoming friendlies against England and Germany.

With five goals already for his new club, West Ham’s top scorer is 9/4 to prove a point to Didier Deschamps by adding to that tally on Saturday.

If the Hammers are to emerge victorious, however, then they will need to break the spell of one of the Premier League’s longest hoodoos.

West Ham have not beaten Everton since 2007, drawing four and losing 10 of their last 14 league meetings – their longest barren spell against any team in the top flight.

Five of their last six visits to Upton Park have seen them leave with all three points with both teams scoring – a feat that is 7/2 to occur once again.

Romelu Lukaku has been the Hammers’ most recent tormentor-in-chief having scored in each of his last six appearances against them.

Four of those six goals have either rescued a point or provided the winner – and the Belgian is 11/2 to score the last goal of the game as he did against Sunderland last weekend.

Yet it was his strike partner who stole the show in that 6-2 defeat of the Black Cats, and Arouna Kone is 7/4 to follow on from his hat-trick with a goal at any time on Saturday.

Roberto Martinez’s side have been much-improved this season, and the fact that all three of their defeats so far have come against Champions League sides in the two Manchester clubs and Arsenal means that they can be confident of climbing further up the table.

Having finished above West Ham for nine successive seasons, the Toffees certainly have far more experience of competing for a place in Europe than this weekend’s hosts.

And with the Hammers endeavours up until this point doing much to expose the current frailties of the traditional heavyweights, Everton will be hoping to be one of the first clubs in line to take advantage of the chance to break into the previously-impenetrable top four.  

But if West Ham wish to maintain their own challenge, then a long-awaited victory against their biggest bogey team would do much to ensure that normal order is not resumed any time soon. 

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