Fulltime Thoughts - The Blues deserved that win with a strong and determined performance at home. It really looked like it was all undone after that Sidibe foul was called a corner, but Mina and Pickford combined to keep the Blues in the game.
#PremierLeague— Infogol (@InfogolApp) October 19, 2019
FT: #EFC 2 (2.60 xG)#WHUFC 0 (0.63 xG)
Anything other than an Everton win would have been a travesty here, having utterly dominated West Ham. A very impressive performance from Marco Silva's side.#EVEWHU shot map https://t.co/7FtjDvKfKn pic.twitter.com/Nsm8ZNq1BN
90+4’ - Mina hobbles off, looks to have picked up a nick, Holgate on now. The three points are secure.
90+2’ - 2-0!!! IT’S OVER!! Spectacular finish from Sigurdsson!
SIGI WITH THE EXCLAMATION pic.twitter.com/b08RFqsoRt— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 19, 2019
What a sequence of play there, with Kean and Richarlison holding up the ball, and then that Siggy dummy was just <chef’s kiss>, before a fantastic shot.
90’ - A minimum of four minutes of time added on.
88’ - Subs almost combine with Kean making room for a Siggy shot, but the goalie saves.
86’ - First sub finally, with Moise Kean on for Theo Walcott. Gylfi Sigurdsson is also coming on, for Iwobi, who gets a deserved round of applause.
83’ - Sidibe hacked down by Masuaku but the ref somehow misses that and gives West Ham their first corner. It falls to Ogbonna and he shoots, Mina deflects and Pickford parries away!
The next corner also ping-pongs around before going out for another corner, which is then cleared, whew!!
81’ - Iwobi and Walcott combine, and Theo’s ball into the six-yard box is hooked over by Diop - how he didn’t score an own goal only he knows.
The resulting corner falls to Walcott, and his shot is way over. Then he gets another chance off a counter attack but the goalie saves.
77’ - Oh my word, Iwobi started and almost finished this move. He found Sidibe streaking forward, and the ball ended up back at his feet with only goalie Roberto in front of him, and somehow can’t poke it past him.
The resulting corner is headed into the goal by Mina, but the ref spotted something (if anything Mina got his shirt tugged) and blows it dead. Third time today we’cve had Tierney disallow a goal.
73’ - Blues working the ball around well, Gomes finds DIgne whose cross into the box is cut out well.
Hammers use their last sub, striker Ajeti makes his Premier League debut with Mark Noble going off, it’s a 4-2-4 for the visitors, much like Silva has used when the Blues are behind.
68’ - Bernard cut down about thirty yards from goal, Digne standing over it, then tries an elaborate routine with Mina and Gomes, but the Colombian is offside.
Declan Rice goes in the book, pulling down Walcott.
66’ - Now Gomes hacks down Lanzini on the right corner outside the box, about where Riyad Mahrez scored from a fortnight ago, but Yarmolenko’s freekick is on the near post and with no power and placement, Pickford saves.
64’ - Digne with a freekick, deep ball into the box is cleared and Walcott fires off an amazing volley which dips wickedly and hits the underside of the bar, top corner! Wow, what a goal that would have been!
Theo Walcott with as beautiful a missed shot as you'll ever see. pic.twitter.com/EPXdeyvWCT— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 19, 2019
61’ - Blues continue to win the ball in dangerous positions, but the final ball has been lacking. Another corner from the left finds Mina’s head, but Roberto saves.. come on you Blues!
Fornals off, Jack Wilshere is on. That’s three former Gunners on the pitch now, with Iwobi and Walcott.
58’ - Walcott taken down outside the box and Everton take the freekick quickly, resulting in Richarlison putting the ball in the net, but ref Paul Tierney calls it back. Strange decision, that should have stood.
Digne steps up to take the freekick, from his favoured position just to the right.. aims for the near post but it’s wide.
53’ - Twice in quick succession Diop has shouldered Richarlison off the ball - this is the worry with him playing #9.
Walcott wins a corner, taken from the right and Mina gets his head to it, but no power in it and Roberto saves.
51’ - Almost immediate impact as Yarmo gets to the touchline and puts in a cross that Fornals shins towards goal.. with Pickford scrambling across, it goes wide. Whew. He’s certainly energized the away side.
46’ - Second half underway.. and almost immediately Richarlison puts the Blues up 2-0! Nope, clearly offside, excellent finish from a Digne cross.
Yarmolenko has come on by the way at the break, for Felipe Anderson. He’ll keep Digne busy and try to pin him back.
Halftime Thoughts - Everton have been thoroughly dominant in the first half, and will be kicking themselves for not being up by two or three at least. Plenty of energy and effort out there, exactly what was needed for what Silva has described as a must-win game.
45+3’ - Tom Davies goes in the book for grappling in the middle and then kicking the ball away petulantly, just seconds before the break. Silly from the kid.
45’ - It’ll be three minutes of time added on. Iwobi tries to find Richie on the break when it’s 2-on-2 but it’s cut out.
42’ - Bernard tries to jink in the box and it’s blocked and cleared. A minute later it comes back to him and he tries to dribble again but Diop clears. The Blues have missed that skill.
40’ - Richie has the ball on the top of the box, Sidibe streaking wide open on the right and Walcott also free in the box on his left, and chooses to shoot and it’s blocked. That’s the downside with the Brazilian.
37’ - Ogbonna muscles Richarlison off the ball as he runs at goal, no foul there. That is the one concern with the Brazilian at the #9 position, gets eaten up by stronger centrehalves.
35’ - Quick shot of majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri and club chairman Bill Kenwright. They don’t necessarily look at ease there.
32’ - Stoppage in play here for a couple of minutes after Masuaku and Davies come together in the middle of the pitch, the West Ham player is bleeding profusely from the nose. He is okay to continue.
25’ - Blues keeping up the pressure on Pellegrini’s side who seem a little punch-drunk right now, the hosts have had eight attempts to the visitors’ one so far, five shots on goal to none.
22’ - Post! Iwobi finds Richarlison with a great ball down the right, he looks up and shoots, hits the outside of the upright!
Iwobi twists and turns and makes some space for himself outside the box, his shot is straight at Roberto, and then Walcott also has a crack from distance, low and at the goalie.
19’ - Ooh! Richarlison runs through and is one-on-one with Diop, waits for Roberto to commit or for backup in the box, but his center to Gomes is cleared for another corner.
17’ - BERNARD! What a piece of dribbling in the box, and a fine finish from a narrow angle. Long pass from Keane started it off, and intricate interplay between Walcott and Richarlison found Bernard in space on the right. He looked to have lost the chance dribbling around, but then drew out Roberto and slipped it under him, Toffees lead 1-0.
How on Earth has Bernard scored that? pic.twitter.com/OOpraHAdYt— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 19, 2019
12’ - Everton have looked the better side so far, playing with much more energy, but the Hammers have looked dangerous on the break.
7’ - Digne wins a freekick in the middle, takes it quick, finding Theo Walcott in the box and his shot is blocked for a corner.
That is cleared for another corner, and it’s headed on in the box and Tom Davies connects, and Roberto somehow saves at point-blank range. The youngster hit it right at the goalie from like three yards out, yikes.
5’ - Lucas Digne with a deep throw-in causes some palpitations in the Hammers’ box, but no clear chances.
Blues win a corner from a quick counter, but it’s cleared away.
3’ - Chance opens up for Felipe Anderson outside the box, Richarlison goes sliding in and gives away a freekick in a dangerous spot. Manuel Lanzini to take, and it’s well-wide of Jordan Pickford’s left post.
1’ - Quiet start to the game, ball pinging around in a packed midfield.
You wanted changes, well here you go, Marco Silva has given you a quintuple serving. Djibril Sidibe steps in for the suspended Seamus Coleman. Tom Davies is in at midfield, while the forward line is Bernard out left, Alex Iwobi in the middle and Theo Walcott on the right, with Richarlison up top.
For the Hammers, Yarmolenko drops to the bench and Aaron Cresswell is out injured, with Pablo Fornals and Arthur Masuaku in for them.
Our team to take on Everton ⚒ pic.twitter.com/GL4G3ERbR5— West Ham United (@WestHam) October 19, 2019
Everton have lost four in a row now and a couple of those results have been very predictable, with the attack failing to get past a low block and the defence complicating matters further with silly errors in set-piece marking.
Today they welcome West Ham United, a side that will play more open and flowing football and that could benefit the Blues, but who knows how this team will respond to the current adversity.
A lot of the goodwill at Goodison Park from the strong end to last season has all dissipated following the miserable start to this season, and an early goal for the visitors in today’s midday kickoff will certainly add to the chorus of ‘Silva Out’ shouts that have been widespread.
Speaking of Marco Silva, apparently the manager has been given three games starting today to show that he can turn things around. Whether this will spur him to make changes to his rigid 4-2-3-1 with two defensive midfielders, we’ll find out soon enough.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 9
Date and start time: Saturday, October 19th at 4:30 a.m. PT / 7:30 a.m ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
Weather: 52°F/11°C, mostly cloudy, 16% chance of precipitation, 8 mph winds
How to Watch/Listen
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Gamethread: Live blog above starting one hour before game time
Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Sidibe; Davies, Gomes; Bernard, Iwobi, Walcott; Richarlison
Subs: Lossl, Holgate, Baines, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Kean, Baningime
Starting XI: Roberto, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Lanzini, Fornals, Anderson, Haller
Subs: Martin, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Wilshere, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Ajeti
The Blues and Hammers traded away wins last season. Everton were torn apart by lightning quick counter attacks from Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic at Goodison last season, with West Ham going on to win 3-1 in a lacklustre display from the hosts. That was the first win of the season for the Hammers last season, and the Blues will be desperately hoping for a similar kickstart to their season with a win today.