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Everton v. West Ham United, Huddersfield Town: Writer Prediction League

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Against our better judgment, the RBM Writer Prediction League rolls on this week, following Everton’s underwhelming capitulation against Southampton on Sunday.

Unfortunately for us all, the Toffees play twice this week — against West Ham United on Wednesday and Huddersfield Town on Saturday. These are both matches we’d have guessed would be eminently winnable at the start of the season, but nothing is certain in the world of 2017-18 Everton.

The impending hiring of Sam Allardyce throws another wrench into proceedings, as he looks likely to replace David Unsworth at some point between the West Ham and Huddersfield matches. The uncertainty has put the staff in a tough spot heading into this busy week.

But first, let’s take a look at the predictions from last week against Southampton.

Southampton Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam None Pickford Draw 0-0 0
Brian F. Gabbiadini Pickford Southampton 3-0 2
Brian L. Lennon Davies Everton 2-1 0
Callum Tadic Pickford Southampton 1-0 3
Calvin Long Calvert-Lewin Southampton 2-1 2
Chris Tadic Pickford Southampton 2-0 3
Matt Sigurdsson Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 1
Mike Calvert-Lewin Pickford Draw 1-1 0
Sean Calvert-Lewin Gueye Everton 2-0 0
Tom Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 0
Tyler Calvert-Lewin Pickford Everton 2-1 0
Zach Calvert-Lewin Pickford Southampton 3-1 2

Five writers correctly predicted a Southampton win, though none by the proper scoreline. Callum and Chris earned an extra point via Dusan Tadic’s opener, and Matt correctly guessed that Gylfi Sigurdsson would put in a solid performance.

With those points, our standings look like this.

Prediction League Standings

Writer Points
Writer Points
Mike 79
Calvin 75
Brian F. 56
Matt 55
Brian L. 54
Sean 54
Chris 52
Adam 50
Tyler 49
Zach 49
Tom 46

Calvin and Mike continue to put a beating on the rest of us, with Brian F. just barely hanging on to title aspirations. Beneath him, the mid-table writers are likely already out of serious title contention.

With uncertainty abounding, our picks for the West Ham match are spread across the board.

West Ham Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Lennon Lennon Draw 2-2 0
Brian F. Ayew Pickford West Ham 3-0 0
Brian L. Chicharito Gueye West Ham 2-0 0
Callum Carroll Lookman West Ham 1-0 0
Calvin Sandro Pickford Everton 3-2 2
Chris Arnautovic Davies Draw 1-1 0
Matt Lanzini Sigurdsson West Ham 2-1 0
Mike Lanzini Sigurdsson Draw 1-1 0
Sean Sigurdsson Calvert-Lewin Everton 1-0 2
Tom Arnautovic Sigurdsson West Ham 2-1 0
Tyler Sandro Sandro Everton 2-1 2
Zach Sandro Gueye Everton 2-1 2

Seven different players got opening goalscorer votes, eight different Toffees got man of the match votes, and the winner predictions are as even as we’ve ever seen — five West Ham wins, four Everton wins, and three draws.

The Huddersfield match brings a little more predictability — Huddersfield’s striker situation is clearer than West Ham’s, and Oumar Niasse will be back from suspension, so things look a little more uniform.

Huddersfield Predictions

Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Writer First Scorer Everton MOTM Winner Score Points
Adam Mooy Niasse Draw 1-1 0
Brian F. Mooy Kenny Huddersfield 2-0 0
Brian L. Niasse Niasse Draw 1-1 0
Callum Rooney Kenny Draw 1-1 0
Calvin Mooy Gueye Everton 2-1 2
Chris Mooy Pickford Huddersfield 1-0 0
Matt Niasse Niasse Draw 1-1 0
Mike Niasse Niasse Everton 2-1 2
Sean Mooy Davies Draw 2-2 0
Tom Sigurdsson Niasse Everton 1-0 3
Tyler Depoitre Gueye Draw 1-1 0
Zach Calvert-Lewin Calvert-Lewin Draw 1-1 1

Aaron Mooy and Oumar Niasse dominate the first goalscorer column, Niasse owns the Everton man of the match column, and seven writers have predicted the match will end in a draw.