Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes his old club’s bitter rivals Everton will come out victorious over West Ham on Sunday afternoon.
Marco Silva’s new-look side are unbeaten so far this season, while the Hammers are rooted to the bottom of the table without a single point to their name.
With home advantage on their side, Owen believes the Toffees will compound the misery on Manuel Pellegrini at Goodison Park this weekend.
What’s he said?
In his predictions for BetVictor, Owen wrote: “Everton were disappointing against Huddersfield last time when they missed the skills of the suspended Richalison; who scored twice on his Brazil debut against El Salvador midweek.
“The Blues must again do without the exciting Brazilian against West Ham this weekend, but I feel Marco Silva’s side can keep the points.
“Everton have won more Premier League games against the Hammers (24) than any other club;” and Manuel Pellegrini will become the first West Ham manager to lose their first five league games of the season in their history if they lose at Goodison.
“With Chelsea to come next weekend this is a massive game for the Irons, but I feel the points will stay on Merseyside.”
Has he got it right?
Looking purely at recent results, Owen has made the safe choice. However, Richarlison’s suspension and Seamus Coleman’s injury are just two of the blows Silva is faced with.
He is down to the bare bones somewhat, and is struggling in terms of a top drawer left-back and options off the bench.
West Ham will be fired up to get off the mark after two weeks to gather their thoughts and a draw is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Everton have only actually won one top flight game this season and are yet to keep a league clean sheet; West Ham should get chances. Owen has glossed over that somewhat.