After losing a relegation six pointer against Southampton, another six pointer awaits for Everton. The Toffees travel to London to face West Ham United on Saturday and attempt to register their first win since October.
Like Everton, even West Ham are in a relegation mess. David Moyes’ side sits 18th with 15 points, just above the Toffees because of better goal difference. EFC need to win desperately as all three teams in the relegation zone are tied on 15 points.
A loss against West Ham would be catastrophic and could potentially send Everton to a point of no return. Anything less than a win would also put Frank Lampard’s position under serious threat and there’s very little chance that the Englishman would survive as the manager until the next game.
Everton need attacking reinforcements and they are getting one in Arnaut Danjuma but the deal will not been signed in time for him to feature against the Hammers. The terrible run of results needs to end soon and if Everton are to win, they will need to field a strong, intent-filled side.
Everton predicted lineup vs West Ham United
Goalkeeper: Jordan Pickford
There’s no doubt about this one. Jordan Pickford is one of the senior members of the squad and needs to lead in difficult times.
Right back: Seamus Coleman
The captain and the leader in the dressing room, he knows what it means to play for this club and needs to be vocal on the pitch and in the dressing room, making the players believe that they can win the game.
Centre back: James Tarkowski
Another leader and someone who can marshal the backline. Tarkowski’s performances have dipped recently which is costing the Toffees, so the 30 year old needs to rise and become rock solid again.
Centre back: Conor Coady
Last time around, Lampard chose to go with a 5-3-2 which ended up being too shabby. This weekend he should stick to a back four with a central defence partnership of Tarkowski and Conor Coady. The duo is the best defence partnership Everton have and Lampard must stick to the best options available.
Left back: Vitaliy Mykolenko
With Ruben Vinagre not even being remotely considered for the left back role, Vitaliy Mykolenko will start at left back.
Central defensive midfield: Idrissa Gueye
Everton’s midfield three need to step up and given the recent performances of Idrissa Gueye, there’s a lot more that the Senegalese international can do. If Gueye is able to provide the solidity in midfield that EFC have lacked, some of their issues would disappear against West Ham.
Central midfield: Amadou Onana
Amadou Onana scored his first Everton goal against Southampton but it was all in vain. In the last few games, Everton’s midfield has been underwhelming and absent at during the crucial junctures of the play. That has to change against West Ham.
Central midfield: Alex Iwobi
The prime creator of the team has to be entrusted with the job of making it happen and creating chances for the forwards. Iwobi’s form has dwindled in the last few games but he is still the best bet to create goalscoring opportunities.
Right wing: Anthony Gordon
Anthony Gordon isn’t firing but he is definitely better going forward than Dwight McNeil who seems to be struggling massively in settling at Goodison Park. Gordon needs to find the early season form again because Everton will need goals from him if they are to survive this relegation battle.
Striker: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Now is the time for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to take charge and prove why he could be one of the best strikers in England. Lack of goals has haunted Everton so far and Calvert-Lewin is one player who can ease the worries. The 25 year old has an impressive goal tally against West Ham, scoring five times in nine outings against the Londoners.
Left wing: Demarai Gray
Unarguably, he is one of the most lively players on the Everton side and can make things happen. However, his passing in the final third has always let him down.
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