West Ham vs Everton LIVE: Both sides look to escape Premier League bottom three in HUGE relegation scrap as pressure piles on managers David Moyes and Frank Lampard ahead of the London Stadium clash
Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for the huge Premier League clash between West Ham and Everton, as both sides look to avoid relegation.
Here’s your 10 minute warning everyone!
Not long to kick-off, and you won’t want to miss a second of the action with so much at stake!
We’ll bring you some updates from Southampton as well, given how important that one is for our game.
Tomas Soucek is on the bench today – is he a presence that the side are missing?
He was a mainstay in one of the best Hammers teams in recent years over the last 18 months or so, but now he struggles to make the starting XI.
Does his absence leave the team exposed more at the back, or does it allow David Moyes to play with more creativity moving forward?
What do we think, West Ham fans.
The Hammers have also put on a touching tribute for former co-chair David Gold, who sadly passed away earlier this month.
Final preparations underway…
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We’ve already had some Premier League action today
We’ve already had some Premier League action so far today – and it was the big dogs Chelsea and Liverpool that got us going this Saturday.
It was one for the die-hard fans though, with no goals for either side despite the glittering array of players on both sides.
Here’s what happened earlier on at Anfield.
Results going their way – a win will move both sides out the bottom three today – but a draw will not be enough.
There has been plenty of noise around both camps, but will we see another managerial casualty this afternoon?
You do get the feeling that a slim win today might not be enough to save either manager – it might have to be a big one!
Plenty of fans cramming into the London Stadium this afternoon, braving the cold to do so.
A brilliant arena, the London Stadium, but still comes nowhere near the atmosphere or mood you’d get at the old Boleyn Ground.
Atmosphere building 📈 pic.twitter.com/gEoKIqBAMn
As much as Everton enjoy playing West Ham – they hate playing in London.
In fact, a win against the Hammers in 2021 was the last time the Toffees ever won in London, having drawn three and lost six of the last nine.
The last time they went 10 in a row was from March 2017 to November 2018, and the team that ended that run?
None other than West Ham!
There’s an undoubtedly toxic mood at Everton
Everton have been in the headlines for the last week after their defeat to Southampton.
Fans were quick to make their opinions known at the game, calling for the board to be sacked.
There was plenty of opinion over their use of blue flares, as well. Some claimed it was a sign of frustration, others argued it was just how the supporters show their backing.
But there is an undoubtedly toxic mood at Goodison Park – read more below to find out what’s going on at Everton.
Injury to Ben Godfrey
Where’s Ben Godfrey then.
The defender isn’t on the bench today, and Lampard has revealed that he’s picked up an injury that has ruled him out.
"Ben got a small sprain in his knee in the Southampton game. He got through the match but it rules him out of this one."
Frank provides an update on Ben Godfrey ⬇️
Why is this game so important?
Well, in a nut shell both West Ham and Everton are level with Southampton on points at the bottom of the table with 15 each.
Everton threw away a good chance to go further clear of the Saints last week when they lost 2-1 at home, and West Ham lost to fellow strugglers Wolves 1-0.
Southampton are involved this afternoon as well, as they host Unai Emery’s Aston Villa, so not only will both sets of fans be praying for a win in east London, but they’ll also be honourary Villans this afternoon.
We’re only 19 games into the season, but make no mistake – this one is a full-blooded relegation six-pointer.
But it’s good news Everton fans!
The Toffees have scored more goals (89) and won more games (28) against West Ham than any other team in the history of the competition.
A win today for Everton would also see them seal a first Premier League double over the Hammers since 2014-15 – and take their overall points tally to 100 points!
The numbers very much in Lampard’s favour then.
Three changes from the hosts, then, with Emerson, Zouma and Benrahma all coming in. Antonio keeps his spot up top, as Ings comes into the bench with a view to a debut that could see him endear himself to the Hammers fans very quickly indeed with a goal.
For the visitors, it’s just the one change, as Yerry Mina comes into the fold and replaces Ben Godfrey at the back as the Toffees look to bounce back from a bitterly disappointing defeat last time out.
Here we go!
No place in the starting XI for Ings, but he does make the bench!
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Both sides are in the building now…
But who will start – we’re just a few minutes away from finding out!
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Lampard’s loss is Moyes’ gain with Ings
Big boost for West Ham earlier this week, with the arrival of Danny Ings – but a blow to the Toffees, who were rumoured to be interested in his services.
But despite missing out on his desired target, Lampard has refused to blame the club’s current predicament on a lack of a No 9.
For more info, read below.
Ings could make his debut this afternoon – but will he start?
Ings in the building 🏟 pic.twitter.com/h51aYfC0ZR
In this game last season, West Ham pulled off a 2-1 win to beat the Toffees at the London Stadium.
The Hammers have not actually beaten Everton in consecutive home games since 1986 – which seems an awful long way back.
Boy, how badly Moyes would like to end that record today.
Pressure at the bottom of the table is enormous
Take it from a former manager – the pressure at the bottom of the Premier League table today is enormous.
Graeme Souness has been out of the dugout for 17 years, but he’s said he wouldn’t want to be in either Lampard’s not Moyes’ shoes right about now.
For more info, read below.
This one really is a huge game that we have on our hands this afternoon.
Both managers are under enormous pressure as we reach the halfway point in the season and both sides are languishing far, far further down in the table than they would want, and it is difficult to overstate how important a win could be today.
But it isn’t just about the managers – the players from either side have been lacklustre so far, and a positive result could mean the world to both those sets of players.
It really is all to play for at the London Stadium.
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our coverage of today’s clash between West Ham and Everton!
David Moyes’ side are welcoming Frank Lampard and Co to eat London on this frigid January day, and it’s all about the two men in the dugout.
This one is being billed as ‘El Sackico’ with both teams having shocking campaigns, and there is a feeling that it could all turn even more sour in both camps with a loss today.
The game will kick-off at 3pm so stick with us as we bring you all the news, updates and build-up to the clash, which promises to be a thriller!
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