Everton manager Roberto Martinez has tipped the Hammers to finish in the top five this season.
The Toffees have an excellent record against West Ham so if Bilic’s side have hopes of finishing in the top five this season, they will need to win against Everton tomorrow, something they haven’t managed to do in 14 league encounters.
From the start of the season, the West Ham team has looked a completely different outfit to the one led by Sam Allardyce in the previous campaign. This is largely down to the impact Slaven Bilic has had at West Ham and Martinez was quick to praise his upcoming opponents:
“The biggest strength of this West Ham side is they play with an incredible belief and confidence,” Martinez said.
“The results they have had, especially this season, they start on the psychological aspect of having the belief that you can beat those sides. To get those results, away from home, it’s very impressive.
“You have new players, a new manager coming in having them playing a very different way, it’s going to be a terrific challenge. You look at the amount of points they have already – clearly they are a team that are going to be challenging to finish in the top five. It’s how impressive they’ve been.
“We’re going to make sure that we are ready to face them. In my eyes, with Leicester, they’ve been the most impressive side this season.”
Whether this is buttering-up tactics remains to be seen but a lot of what the Spaniard has said is spot on. There is a new belief in this team and they can beat anyone when they are in the mood.
The Hammers will be looking to rekindle that inner belief tomorrow as they look to bounce back from a disappointing away defeat to Watford, their first away loss in the league this season.
Can the Hammers beat Everton this weekend? Most of you seem to think so…
Pretty simple one, will West Ham bounce back and beat Everton this weekend?
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