An argument can be made that West Ham United are the most disappointing club of the 2016-17 Premier League season. After an impressive seventh-place finish a year ago, and wonderful play from star Dimitri Payet, with a move to the London Stadium on the horizon, things have fallen on their head for the Hammers. Payet was sent back to France following a temper tantrum, the club is leaking goals and they sit in 13th place, but safe from the relegation battle.
The 59 goals allowed by the club in 33 games is the real problem. It is the fourth-worst mark in the league. With Payet gone and Andy Carroll constantly battling injury, much of the attacking responsibilities to close the gap have fallen to Michail Antonio. The winger has done well, to be fair to him, with nine goals in 29 league games, but he’s only one man.
Results against the London club have been mixed for Everton in recent years. But the two sides did meet at Goodison Park back in October with the Blues winning 2-0 that day. The goals came from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. Lukaku has become West Ham’s “boogeyman”, scoring in each of the last nine matches he has faced them. With the porous back-line on display lately, expect that number to grow to double digits on Saturday.
Date and start time: Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. EST / 7 a.m. PST / 3 p.m. BST
Stadium: London Stadium, Stratford, East London, England
Weather: 56°F/13°C, cloudy, 5% chance of rain, 8 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
TV: NBCSN - United States; none listed - United Kingdom
Radio: TalkSport Radio, Everton Match Centre, SiriusXM FC, BBC Radio
Live stream: NBC Sports Live Extra, evertonTV
Starting XI - Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Williams, Holgate, Davies, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku
Bench - Robles, Kone, Barry, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Pennington, Kenny
Starting XI - Adrian, Collins, Fonte, Reid (c), Masuaku, Fernandes, Nordtveit, Kouyate, Lanzini, Ayew, Calleri
Bench - Randolph, Cresswell, Rice, Masaki, Holland, Sakho, Fletcher