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Blues start off 2021 with a Goodison date against a former manager

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Fulltime Thoughts - This flat performance is most deflating from this Everton side. All the momentum from the four wins on a trot gone in an instant. Were they all out drinking at midnight last night?

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90+4’ - There’s the final whistle, and it’s Moyes first win at Goodison since he left Everton. Disappointing from Everton.

90+2’ - Antonio makes a strong run and Mina does well enough to keep him unbalanced and he goes over in a pile trying to shoot. Friend says no penalty.

90’ - It’ll be three-plus minutes added on, but Everton have nothing in them. Wouldn’t think the Blues had more rest than their visitors today.

88’ - Everton have been stodgy all day, and probably didn’t deserve to lose, but didn’t do enough to win either. Fortune favoured the brave, and West Ham got lucky there.

86’ - Looks like the Hammers have stolen it. Soucek shot saved well by Pickford, rebound falls to Cresswell, his shot is deflected and falls to Soucek who reacts instantaneously to put it behind Pickford. West Ham lead 1-0 late on.

85’ - Ogbonna has had a very good game today. Been immense for the visitors.

79’ - Ancelotti’s last sub will be Cenk Tosun on for Calvert-Lewin.
Richarlison now fouled by Soucek, freekick on the edge of the box, left side. James to take.. cleared. Cross back into the box and Mina gets a head to it, but it’s not aimed anywhere particular.

77’ - Doucoure and Coleman combine and the fullback crosses perfectly, but only Ogbonna is in the box and he clears.
Davies now fouls Antonio and is booked, West Ham can cross into the box through Declan Rice, Davies clears.

75’ - Poor pass from James to Davies allows West Ham to get a freekick in the middle third. Dropped into the box, Mina clears and the Blues can break. Richarlison turns into trouble and West Ham can regain the ball.

72’ - Richarlison wins a freekick on the left now, fouled deep by Bowen. James will curl it into the box, cleared away.
Moyes last changes will be Lanzini and Yarmolenko on for Fornals and Bowen.

66’ - Richarlison wins a corner with a blocked shot. James takes, cleared well.
Another corner, from the left. Deeper this time, cleared and the whistle goes, West Ham player fouled.

65’ - Awful headed backpass from Coleman allows Antonio to get off a snapshot that Pickford gets down smartly to save.

63’ - The Blues are making two changes, with James and Andre Gomes coming on, Bernard and Sigurdsson going off.
Coleman makes a run and tries a shot from an angle, straight at Randolph.
No energy here from Everton and Fornals now has a header, it’s well-wide. Lucky.

61’ - Now Benrahma wins a corner on the left. West Ham have their tails up, cleared, Fornals returns the shot and Pickford saves it well.

58’ - First change will be Michail Antonio coming on for Sebastian Haller.
Godfrey gets a yellow for pulling down Coufal in full flight. Freekick on the right, Cresswell will curl this at goal, straight at Pickford and he punches it away well.

55’ - Freekick taken short by West Ham creates an opening, as a low cross goes across the box and no one close enough to it. Pickford was in no man’s land too.

49’ - Been more of the same so far unfortunately.

Halftime Thoughts - Too sedentary from the Blues, passing the ball around for the sake if it. It’s not quick enough, and it’s not incisive enough. The game is there for the taking, for either side. and that should be a warning for the home side.

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45+2’ - There’s the halftime whistle, 0-0 and no surprises there.

43’ - Fornals stamps on Bernard and Everton win a freekick level with the box, deep on the right. Sigurdsson standing over it.. too deep. Bernard wins a corner now on the left.
Sig again, inswinger this time.. decent, cleared. Bernard fires off a volley and stings Randolph’s palms, another corner.
Cleared again, Doucoure’s skewed shot comes to an Everton player but the offside flag is up.

40’ - My 3-1 Everton win prediction is not looking so rosy right now, the way the two teams are playing.

35’ - Holgate blocks off Benrahma and gives away a corner. Bowen again, deeper this time and Mina goes down after a high foot from Ogbonna, Kevin Friend is unmoved and now it’s another corner.
Deep again, out of the box and Bowen’s cross back is straight at Pickford.

33’ - Both sides very disciplined in defence, and Everton just cannot get that final pass in. Bernard off, James Rodriguez on at halftime seems a given now.

30’ - West Ham are looking menacing now advancing the ball down the wings. Aaron Cresswell has a shot/cross that goes through the box from left to right, goes out wide harmlessly but some Hammers players were close to the ball.

24’ - Now West Ham win their first corner of the day. Bowen’s corner is through the six-yard box, Pickford rooted to the spot as Haller gets a touch and it skims away for a goalkick.

21’ - Bernard wins Everton their first corner of the game on the left. Sigurdsson inswinger.. DCL gets his head to it from outside the six-yard box but gets his header all wrong.

19’ - Delay in the game here as Craig Dawson has gone down with a non-contact injury. He seems completely out-of-sorts.
Just dizzy maybe? He’s back on now.

16’ - Birthday boy Abdoulaye Doucoure is looking up for it today, running, tackling, dribbling, all-action hero.

14’ - OPTA STAT: West Ham United have lost nine of their last 13 Premier League matches without Fabianski starting in goal (W2 D2 L9).

11’ - Both Bernard and Richarlison with good runs, but the final ball into the box is lacking.

9’ - Davies strolls forward through the middle, and decides to take a sighting shot from about thirty yards out, rolls wide.

8’ - Coleman beaten on the wing and a cross comes into the box that Jarrod Bowen gets a head on, and Pickford collects gratefully.

6’ - Everton’s first real attack is a low cross into the box from Sigurdsson, deflected off a defender and Randolph gathers.

4’ - Everton passing the ball crisply when they have it. Short passing game holding the ball well so far.

1’ - We’re underway at Goodison.

More breaking news - Lucas Fabianski has been injured in warmups and Rando0lph will take his place in the starting lineup.

Quick reminder that the transfer window is officially open, so the chatter has commenced immediately. Is Ancelotti going to add another goalie this January? Everton linked with 26-year-old Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Silva, plays for Granada in La Liga with contract expiring at the end of the season.

So here we go - Seamus Coleman back in, Bernard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison start. Alex Iwobi is out, and Michael Keane gets a rest. Also, James Rodriguez is on the bench. Sly!

Tom Davies rewarded for his energetic showings with another start. He’ll be charged with disrupting the supply between Soucek and Fornals today.

Apparently Iwobi picked up a knock in training, per Ancelotti.

Lineups will be out shortly, but what’s this we see outside the grounds?!

Preview

Everton will start off 2021 with a home game - behind closed doors unfortunately - against former manager David Moyes and his West Ham United side.

The Blues come into this game decently-enough rested for this time of the year after their game on Monday against Manchester City was postponed due to a COVID outbreak in the City squad.

With the Toffees not playing again until next Saturday now, it’s fair to expect that Carlo Ancelotti will line up his best side which will include Richarlison, but James Rodriguez continues to be out. In his recent comments Ancelotti seemed to indicate that we could see Lucas Digne soon and Allan by the end of the month too.

In the eight times the Scotsman has faced his former employers after leaving Goodison, Moyes has just the one win with West Ham on the last day of the 2017-18 season, along with one draw and six losses.

Match Details

Competition: Premier League Matchday 16

Date and start time: Friday, January 1st at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m ET / 5:30 p.m. BST

Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 39,572 [Behind closed doors]

Weather: 39°F/4°C, partly cloudy, 2% chance of precipitation, 8 mph winds

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Lineups

Everton

Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Godfrey, Doucoure, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Subs: Olsen, Lossl, Keane, Nkounkou, Branthwaite, Gomes, Gordon, Rodriguez, Tosun.

West Ham

Fabianski, Coufal, Dawson, Ogbonna, Creswell, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Benrahma, Fornals, Haller

Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Diop, Johnson, Lanzini, Snodgrass, Noble, Yarmolenko, Antonio

Last Meeting

David Moyes last brought his West Ham side to Goodison Park very recently, with the Hammers playing the Toffees in September in the Fourth Round of the Carabao Cup. Dominic Calvert-Lewin plundered a hat-trick as the Blues easily disposed of the visitors 4-1.

In the league, Dom had got the only goal in a 1-1 draw in London in January 2020 but the Blues had won comfortably 2-0 with Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson scoring two crackers in October 2019 at Goodison.