By Amir Mir
Mark Lawrenson has predicted Everton and West Ham to draw 1-1 on Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park.
Ronald Koeman’s side take on the in-form Hammers, who beat London rivals Chelsea 2-1 in the EFL Cup in midweek.
Additionally, the Hammers have won their last two league games, as the Merseysiders have not picked up a victory since being knocked out by Norwich in the League Cup in September.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson has highlighted both teams form and explained why he thinks it will finish stalemate.
“Everton made a strong start to the season while West Ham’s problems were well documented, but things are very different on recent form,” Lawrenson wrote on the BBC Sports website.
“The Toffees have only taken two points from their last four league games and also went out of the EFL Cup.
“If you include Wednesday’s victory over Chelsea in the same competition, the Hammers have won three in a row and drew the one before that.
“So one team has gone five games without a win, the other four without a defeat. Bearing that in mind, I am going for a draw.”
Everton are currently sixth in the table, with 15 points from their nine games, as their opponents have picked up some good form in recent weeks.
Slaven Bilic’s side were in the relegation zone after six encounters, but they are now unbeaten in their last three games, with two wins and sit 15th with ten points.
In other Everton team news, Paul Merson has cited this one worrying issue ahead of the Toffees fixture against West Ham.