Our match prediction:
Chances are the fans at Goodison Park will witness plenty of fireworks when two in-form sides square off on Saturday afternoon, even if they go into the game with contrasting ambitions. Everton have been struggling to justify pre-season predictions, as they still trail behind European positions, but the good news is the Toffees have been pretty impressive of late. Roberto Martinez’s charges have now won five of last six matches in all competitions, hammering Aston Villa on the road last time out, but they could still face a tough task against high-flying West Ham. The Hammers were able to put a dent into Tottenham’s title hopes with a 1-0 triumph in midweek, while at the same time boosting their top 4 hopes. And with Champions League positions now just a point away, you can bet that the Hammers will be going for a win at Merseyside. A highly entertaining encounter is on the cards and we expect it will end in a high-scoring draw.
Highligted Player (Baines):
Leighton Baines is an English football player born on 11th of December 1984 in Liverpool. Baines started in the youth of Wigan Athletic before making his debut for the first team in season 2002/2003. In season 2007/2008 Baines made the transfer to Everton where he is playing almost 10 seasons already. Leighton Baines made his debut for the English national team in 2010 and played in the EURO 2012 and World Cup of 2014.Baines is a left-winger defender that can play in the midfield as well. He is known for his rushes and attacking skills which resulted in a high amount of goals for a defender. Baines was part of the Everton team that played in the FA Cup final in 2009 where the team lost against Chelsea 2-1. Baines didn’t win any prizes on the highest level in England but became champion in the second division with Wigan Athletic in 2002/2003. Baines is an experienced and confident player which is the vice capitain of Everton as well.
Highlighted Team (West Ham United):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals. A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.