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Premier League Odds, Picks, Predictions: Everton vs. West Ham United Betting Preview (Oct. 17)

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Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images. Pictured: Everton stanouts Michael Keane, left, and Yerry Mina.

  • Everton welcomes West Ham United to Goodison Park for Sunday’s Premier League matchup.
  • Both clubs have been in solid form of late, but the Toffees have been slightly better overall.
  • Ian Quillen breaks down the contest below and details why he’s backing Everton to get the victory.

Everton vs. West Ham Odds

Everton Odds+155
West Ham Odds+180
Over/Under2.5 (-105 / -110)
Day | TimeSunday | 9 a.m. ET
How To WatchNBCSN | fuboTV
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Rafa Benitez’s Everton hosts David Moyes’ West Ham United on Sunday in a managerial clash that evokes memories of a previous era in the northwest of England.

Moyes was the Everton manager for 12 years in total, including all of Benitez’s six-year tenure at Liverpool FC from 2004 to 2010.

It was in Benitez’s first season in charge at Anfield that Moyes guided Everton to a fourth-place finish, the best in Moyes’ tenure and one spot above Liverpool that year.

However, the same season, Benitez’s Liverpool won the UEFA Champions League to restore the Red half of Merseyside as European champions for the first time in 21 years.

This time around, Benitez’s fifth-place Toffees are three points and four spots above Moyes’ Hammers entering the weekend EPL card.

Everton have reversed last season’s home struggles with wins in all three previous league fixtures at Goodison Park. West Ham have earned seven points from nine in their league travels.

Everton Surviving Without Key Pieces

Everton have spent the last month without the services of last year’s leading scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and influential and versatile attacker man Richarlison.

But aside from unraveling in a 3-0 loss at Aston Villa back on Matchweek 5, those losses haven’t been as damaging as you might expect.

Andros Townsend and Abdoulay Decoure are partly to thank, with the duo combining for five goals and six assists in their first season as Everton teammates.

The two men who linked up for an exceptional equalizer the Toffees’ last time out in a deserved 1-1 draw at Manchester United. They’ll remain important against with neither Calvert-Lewin nor Richarlison yet healthy enough to return on Sunday.

If there’s reason to temper optimism, it’s how Everton have started matches. The Toffees have kept two clean sheets in the league, but in their other five clashes have conceded the first goal.

West Ham Struggling at Home

While home field advantage has largely returned with the supporters for the 2021-2022 season, West Ham is proving a bit of an exception.

The Hammers’ remain unbeaten in all competitions away this season, including an impressive 1-0 League Cup third round triumph over Manchester United on Sept. 22 followed by a 2-1 League win at Leeds three days later.

Their lone defeats have come in Premier League home clashes, including a 2-1 loss to Brentford on Matchday 7. You might blame that on fixture congestion. It was in a seventh game in 23 days, with West Ham beginning their UEFA Europa League campaign last month.

Michail Antonio has cooled slightly, with only a goal in his last three league matches after hitting four in his first three. But after grinding through 678 minutes in all competition, he should return refreshed. He was originally scheduled to play World Cup qualifiers for Jamaica this month, but pulled out late citing logistical issues.

Right back Ryan Fredericks could potentially return for his first action since picking up a groin injury in a League Cup clash on Sept. 22.

Fellow defender Vladimir Coufal is also expected to be available after withdrawing from international duty with the Czech Republic this month due to his own more minor groin issue.

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Betting Analysis & Pick

With the Hammers the healthier of the two squads, the three-way line is closer to even than the table would suggest for an Everton home match.

And maybe that’s a slight error in the market when you look at Benitez’s record against Moyes.

It’s true Benitez has typically enjoyed the more talented squad of the two.

Even so, it’s hard to overstate his dominance of Moyes with a record of 11-3-3 (w/d/l) in 17 games in all competitions. At home, Benitez’s teams are 5-3-0 against Moyes’ sides.

That’s enough of a trend for me to believe the Spaniard’s tactics match up well against the Scotsman’s.

So I’m playing Everton here. But with the Hammers’ away form and Everton’s injury issues, I’ll do so cautiously.

I’m taking a draw no bet wager at -120 odds. In exchange for the more expensive price, the wager pushes if the score finishes even.

Pick: Everton — Draw No Bet (-120)

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