Both sides were involved in a relegation battle last season and fortunes have changed slightly better for one team.
West Ham United welcome Everton to London Stadium for an interesting Premier League fixture. Both sides were involved in a relegation battle last season and fortunes have changed slightly better for one side. West Ham seem to have improved on their performances and results from last campaign, however, Everton are very much still in a fight to avoid relegation. Add to it, the off-field financial crisis makes it difficult for the Toffees currently.
For now, football takes centre stage and Everton will hope to put all the off-field issues behind them and focus on the task at hand against West Ham United in the Premier League. For both teams, it would be an important game, as they hope to get three valuable points which could prove crucial for them in the long run. Ahead of the contest, West Ham manager David Moyes spoke about how difficult it would be to play the visitors.
“Everton are a hard nut to crack. They’ve probably played a little bit better away from home this season, so we expect it to be a really tough game. I don’t see them getting turned over easily, I don’t see teams beating them easily – I see a resilient team who keep at it, and on their day they have players capable of scoring goals. We’ve just got ourselves back, we’ll get ourselves ready for Everton. Every Premier League game is difficult – Everton is a tough game – and we’ll approach it the same as we’d approach any other game,” he was quoted as saying on the club’s website ahead of the match.
Moyes also spoke highly of his counterpart Sean Dyche, praising him for the good job he did at Everton last season. “I think Sean has done a brilliant job, more importantly last season in keeping them in the Premier League. Last year was probably the toughest I can remember in the Premier League regarding the relegation side of the league. We were involved in that for long periods as well. Dychey went right to the end and kept his team up, so congratulations to him. It looks as it might be a difficult period for Everton right now with the financial situation, so he’s having to steer them through that,” he stated.
West Ham will be entering this game on the back of losing their last match away to Olympiacos in the Europa League away from home. Speaking about it, the manager said, “It was always going to be a difficult game. Anybody who knows about going to play at Olympiacos will tell you how difficult it can be. We didn’t perform as well as we’d have liked, but nevertheless we’ve had a really good start to the group and hopefully we can keep that going the next time we play them.”
He added: “Playing in that atmosphere was a big experience for the players. Hopefully all those things help us [going forward]. We’ve had two really good years in Europe and last night was another experience we’ll remember. If you’d said to me at the start of last season you’d go 17 unbeaten and then you lose one in Europe, I’d have taken that all day long.”
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