By Amir Mir
Michael Owen has backed Everton to beat West Ham on Sunday afternoon, as he picked out Romelu Lukaku to be the difference-maker in the Premier League clash.
Slaven Bilic’s side travel to Goodison Park, having beaten London rivals Chelsea 2-1 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman’s men have not won a game since being knocked out of the same competition in September by Championship outfit Norwich.
Former Liverpool striker Owen gave his verdict on the fixture, as he revealed why he thinks the Blues will be victorious at the weekend.
“West Ham came from 2-0 down to beat 10-man Everton in the corresponding fixture last season,” Owen wrote in his BetVictor column.
“But I think the Blues will keep the points despite the Hammers having won their last three including an excellent League Cup win over Chelsea midweek.
“Romelu Lukaku has scored in his last six PL games against West Ham and he might be the difference between the sides on Sunday.”
The Merseyside club produced a poor performance in their last fixture, as they lost 2-1 to newly-promoted Burnley.
Despite their recent bad run of form Koeman’s side are still sixth in the table, with 15 points from nine games, while Slaven Bilic’s men are 15th with ten points.
The Toffees have only conceded eight goals this term, while the Hammers have conceded 17 following their bad start to the campaign.
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