West Ham v Everton: Don't expect fireworks at the London Stadium

West Ham boss David Moyes
Can West Ham end the season on a high note?
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Jack Lang thinks this could be a low-wattage encounter between two troubled sides...

"West Ham have kept two clean sheets in a row for the first time in 2018, and will be hopeful of shutting out an Everton attack that has never really found its rhythm all season"

West Ham United v Everton
Sunday, 15:00

Hammers look to finish on a high

It has been a strange season for West Ham. On the one hand, there has been plenty for their fans to complain about: a stadium no one likes, unpopular owners, a scattershot transfer policy, plenty of limp displays, that stadium again. David Moyes and his brand of football are not to everyone's tastes, either.

But had you, a few months ago, offered supporters Premier League survival, they'd probably have bitten your hand off. From that perspective, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that Moyes has done a pretty good - if unspectacular - job. How far the goodwill will carry him is another question of course, but there's a good opportunity for the Hammers to finish the campaign on a positive note this weekend.

Big Sam's send-off

Everton are 10 points better off than their hosts, but it's hard not to view this match as something of a Depression Derby, such is the malaise at Goodison Park. That the mood is so grim despite five games unbeaten says it all.

This is expected to be Sam Allardyce's final game in charge, and noises coming from the blue side of Merseyside suggest he won't be missed too much. Results have been reasonable but the style has left much to be desired and there has been no real connection between manager and club.

He won't be the only person leaving this summer - Wayne Rooney has already sealed a move to MLS - and the hope must be for someone with a bit of spark to breathe some life into a bloated squad. There may therefore be a chance that some of those in the XI on Sunday are playing for their futures.

Hosts slight favourites

After a miserable run of six away losses on the spin, Everton have made a better fist of recent trips, winning at Stoke, Swansea and Huddersfield. With West Ham down at that end of the table, they will be hopeful of getting some kind of result.

Yet Moyes' side were quietly impressive against Leicester and Manchester United, and will themselves be keen to end the season on a high note. Motivation might be higher on their side, so we lean towards the [2.4] on the home win.

Don't expect fireworks

West Ham have kept two clean sheets in a row for the first time in 2018, and will be hopeful of shutting out an Everton attack that has never really found its rhythm all season.

None of the Toffees' last five games has produced three goals or more, and with a fairly low-wattage game probably on the cards, it looks worth backing this one to go low. Under 2.5 goals is [1.99].

Arnie Hammer time

Marko Arnautović has been West Ham's big success story under Moyes, going from lost boy to talisman after being shifted to the tip of the attack. He is not in the best goalscoring form but looked lively on Thursday night and could trouble the Everton backline. He's [2.44] to notch.

Jack Lang's Premier League P/L, 2017/18

Staked: 45pts
Returned: 42.52pts
P/L: -2.48pts

2016/17 P/L
Staked: 49pts
Returned: 63.02pts
P/L: +14.02pts

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