West Ham United vs Everton Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
West Ham United vs Everton | Saturday 16 May, 2015 | Upton Park | 15.00
Both West Ham and Everton could be in with a chance of competing in Europe next year, with West Ham poised to qualify.
Saturday’s clash between these two mid-table teams at Upton Park will be a scramble for tenth place, as well as a spot in the Europa League, with England receiving an additional Fair Play route into next year’s competition.
West Ham are currently the favourites to make it to Europe this way, requiring that they keep their noses clean in their next couple of games.
Everton, who sit three points behind West Ham in the Premier League, have struggled to balance their domestic and European fixtures this season, with Phil Jagielka commenting on the prospect of another European campaign, “It’s a difficult one.”
He continued “We always want to finish as high as possible in the League and we want to finish in Europe.
“Europe has been good for us and bad for us this season. It’s been a double-edged sword – we’ve played some really good football but it has affected us in the League.
“With some of the journeys we have had and the fixture list afterwards, it seems like we have had an away European game followed by another away Premier League game.
“But if we are in the Europa League – and it is a competition we can do well in – we will be happy to play in it.
“I’m sure the manager will have some big decisions to make as to who would be involved in the first few games because basically it is before pre-season. But that is something for the manager to decide and the squad that he will have at his disposal.
“We have got some great players who are desperate to play and some good young lads as well, so we will just have to wait and see.
“Obviously it would be a long journey if we do come in at this stage but I’m sure if we use the squad then it could be an interesting competition to be in again.”
West Ham boss Sam Allardyce would welcome the opportunity to play in Europe, assuming his contract is renewed this summer amidst mounting speculation that he may be getting the boot.
“Once the players get over the fact that it means coming back a bit earlier I’m sure they’ll relish it,” he said. “It’s a new competition for most of our players and it gives our players who haven’t played as much as they would’ve liked an opportunity to play.
“It also gives a new opportunity for our younger players coming through. It would be a very long season, starting on July 2 and we’ll finish two weeks later than normal. It’ll be an extremely difficult challenge but one we’ll be happy to take on.”
Everton will be without Leighton Baines who has recently undergone ankle surgery. Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar and Tony Hibbert also remain on the sidelines.
West Ham remain without Diafra Sakho, Andy Carroll and James Tomkins, the latter of which homes to return in time for the final tie of the season against Newcastle.
West Ham United vs Everton Betting Tips
We’re tipping a victory for the visitors, with West Ham struggling to find the net in recent weeks. Paddy Power has a 2-0 Everton win at 12/1, and Romelu Lukaku looks good to score first at 5/1 with Betway.