So Avram Grant has won the battle, but the war is still very much ongoing and a victory for West Ham United would take them one step closer to world domination/Premier League survival.
Everton still find themselves perilously close to the relegation zone and David Moyes’ side need the points as much as the Hammers do.
It’s been eight games since West Ham last registered a victory over Everton and they are the outsiders in the Premier League betting at 11/2 to beat Everton.
The Toffees enjoy playing West Ham – they’ve beaten the Irons more times in the Premier League than any other opponent – and are 8/15 to beat West Ham and the Hammers have only managed one win in their last 14 trips to Goodison Park.
An Everton win seems the most likely outcome, but the two sides have drawn on the last two occasions and Everton are 1/7 in the draw no bet betting market.
One clean sheet in 13 games suggests Everton will have to score twice to win the match and a 2-1 win for Everton is priced at 7/1, while Louis Saha, who has five goals in four league appearances for Everton against West Ham, is 4/1 to score first and 1/1 to score any time.
West Ham have proved poor when dealing with crosses this season, conceding a league high of 10 headed goals, but Tim Cahill’s absence means Sylvain Distin can take advantage and is 7/1 to score any time.
Continuing in the same vein of defenders scoring, James Tonkins is 10/1 to score any time for West Ham and over 2.5 goals is available at a very tempting 5/6, but the bet of the market is the 1/1 for both teams to score.
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