West Ham United travel to Everton on Saturday, with their opponents having endured a dreadful start to the season.
The Toffees are currently sitting in the relegation zone in the Premier League after only winning two of their opening eight fixtures under Marco Silva.
Despite that start, Everton will be no pushovers at Goodison Park and will want to kickstart their season with a win over West Ham, who also go into the fixture on the back of a defeat against Crystal Palace.
With both sides previously losing, they will want to avenge those defeats which could lead to an open contest in Merseyside, something which Silva shouldn’t wish for.
Liverpool Echo journalist, Adam Jones, has suggested that Silva needs to change his fortunes around or the Portuguese could potentially face losing his job.
Jones highlighted that it could be made harder for him on Saturday, with the absences of Fabian Delph and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin could leave Everton with a selection headache.
“With Fabian Delph also expected to be out of the equation this weekend due to a hamstring problem, there is a significant selection issue facing the manager,” he wrote.
With their opponents potentially lacking a holding midfielder, West Ham could certainly take advantage of the space that could be available to them in the final third.
Manuel Pellegrini will be looking towards the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, and Andriy Yarmolenko to get on the ball in dangerous areas and create opportunities for Sebastien Haller – who has more than proven himself to be deadly in front of goal.
Everton have struggled in the final third so far this season, scoring only six goals in their eight games, which is something they will want to change very quickly.
West Ham will be hoping that they add further impetus on their need for goals and leave themselves open at the back, something that could happen due to the Toffees’ potential selection headache for the game.
The Hammers could certainly take advantage of Saturday’s opponents given their mounting issues that have been reported.