West Ham‘s wait to put their disappointing defeat against Brentford behind them ends on Sunday with a trip to Everton.
The Hammers have been impressive for large parts of this season but have struggled to convert positive performances into wins – three wins in seven, when it really should be more, attests to that.
Losing to Brentford late-on at the London Stadium was a particularly tough pill to swallow as David Moyes’ side had suffered the same fate two weeks prior against Manchester United.
On the road, things have been better; West Ham have picked up seven points from a possible nine, comprehensively beating Newcastle before ousting Leeds at Elland Road. This time round it’s a hike up to Goodison Park, a ground where the Hammers tasted success last season 1-0 thanks to Tomas Soucek’s goal.
Here, 90min picks the side Moyes may go with to replicate that result or better.
West Ham predicted lineup vs Everton – Premier League
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Lukasz Fabianski (GK) – Now retired from international football, Fabianski can concentrate on retaining his place as West Ham’s number one.
Vladimir Coufal (RB) – Pulled out of the Czech Republic squad for the most recent international break, potentially allowing Coufal to start here.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – The new leader of the Hammers’ defence, Zouma should have his hands full dealing with Salomon Rondon and the pace of Demarai Gray.
Angelo Ogbonna (CB) – Wasn’t at his brilliant best against Brentford, offering Craig Dawson and Issa Diop hope of getting back into the side. Maybe not yet.
Aaron Cresswell (LB) – One of West Ham’s most consistent performers, Cresswell is a shoo-in starter on the left.
Declan Rice (CM) – Played the full 90 minutes for England in midweek against Hungary. Will that prevent Rice from starting at Goodison Park? Absolutely not.
Tomas Soucek (CM) – A potential doubt to start, should you read into Moyes’ pre-match comments about international travel. Alex Kral, Mark Noble and Manuel Lanzini are on stand-by.
Pablo Fornals (CM) – The Spaniard is now widely recognised as one of West Ham’s most valuable players. A tremendous asset in both defence and attack.
Jarrod Bowen (RW) – Opened his account for the season against Brentford two weeks ago, but don’t be fooled into thinking Bowen has been struggling – he’s been brilliant.
Michail Antonio (ST) – Pulling out of the Jamaica squad is the best thing Antonio could have done ahead of an intense run of important fixtures. Is fit and ready to go.
Said Benrahma (LW) – The Algerian has raised his level in West Ham’s opening seven games, excelling both on the left and in-behind Antonio.Internet Explorer Channel Network