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West Ham vs. Everton Preview and Betting Pick for March 30th

| March 26, 2019 12:00 am PDT
West Ham vs. Everton Preview and Pick

The international break is almost over, so club soccer will be returning this week.

There have been some decent games in the past couple of days, but I can’t wait for the next round of English Premier League matches.

There are plenty of fixtures to pick from for betting purposes, but the one I like is between West Ham and Everton. Both sides have been inconsistent so far but have shown flashes of brilliance at times.

I think we will see that in the game on Saturday, but let’s take a look at the odds provided by our recommended soccer betting sites before I move on to my preview and betting pick.

West Ham vs. Everton Odds

Here are the prices for the mainstream markets, courtesy of BetOnline.

West Ham to Win2.49
Draw3.15
Everton to Win2.83
Over 2.5 Goals1.90
Under 2.5 Goals1.91

I can easily understand why the odds for the match result are so close here. West Ham has been solid at home since the start of the year but was far from convincing against a dreadful Huddersfield side before the international break.

The game had all the traits of a clash between two teams that play for nothing in the later part of the EPL season. You could see plenty of mistakes in defense and some complacency in both sides.

The same traits are part of most of Everton’s matches recently. The team’s inconsistency is certainly annoying for most of the fans, especially since they played some exceptional games that showed a lot of promise early on.

Under such circumstances, it’s tough to predict the outcome of this game, at least when it comes to the winner. The bright light is the over/under market, as I expected a line of 2.75 goals here, for a couple of reasons.

Both sides can find the net and have some attacking potential, and both could easily concede stupid goals. I think the potential for an entertaining game is there, so let’s dig a bit deeper.

West Ham Team News and Analysis

I picked West Ham to beat Huddersfield and cover the -1 AH last time around, and the Hammers almost failed me. They conceded a couple of easy goals and were 1-3 down before somehow turning it around to win 4-3.

It was a thrilling game for the neutrals and a showcase of a couple of traits of the current West Ham side. For a start, you can’t rely on any consistency from the Hammers. They are capable of scoring for fun at times, but their defense is suspect, to say the least.

On the bright side, the team’s bench usually has loads of creative players. A quick look at the subs in the game against Huddersfield shows the names of Javier Hernandez (who scored twice), Samir Nasri, Lucas Perez, and Robert Snodgrass.

Quite an impressive company for any team outside of the top six. If you add the starters like Marko Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, and Michail Antonio, it gets really scary. No wonder the Hammers scored three in less than 20 minutes against Huddersfield!

The depth they have when it comes to attacking players guarantees that there will be chances. Even if a certain game is not going well for West Ham, the manager, Manuel Pellegrini, will have a lot of options to change the outcome.

At the same time, the defense is letting far too many easy goals in. It has conceded 46 times in 31 fixtures so far, which is pretty bad.

Only Bournemouth and the bottom five of the table have worse defensive records than West Ham.

Considering the attacking potential of Everton, the hosts will struggle to keep a clean sheet on Saturday. In fact, the Hammers have done so only once in their last nine games, and it was against a Newcastle side that is hardly known for its attacking qualities.

On the bright side, there are no new injuries for West Ham, so Pellegrini will be able to count on the same players he’s used in the past couple of months. The list doesn’t include the long-term absentees Jack Wilshere, Andy Carroll, and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Everton Team News and Analysis

Everton’s season has been unconvincing so far, and the future of manager Marcos Silva is still uncertain. He might be given another chance, but a lot of the supporters feel it’s time for a change in the dressing room.

I understand where the disappointment is coming from. On paper, Everton has a strong squad and should be on top of the group right behind the best six EPL teams.

Instead, the Toffees are currently in 11th place and have struggled to string together a couple of good results in a row the whole season. Their last two games sum up the whole campaign, really, both in terms of the good and the bad.

In the previous EPL round, Everton was strong at the back and composed on the other end, beating a strong Chelsea side 2-0 at home.

A week before that, the Toffees were leading with the same result against relegation candidate Newcastle, only to lose 3-2 at the end.

The extremes in Everton’s performance are somewhat normal for a mid-table EPL side, but the ambitions of the club are higher.

Everton’s long-term goal is to consistently stay in the top eight and potentially fight for an even higher finish. While it’s still possible to get there this season, it would be more of a matter of luck and not because of significant progress in the Everton camp.

The Toffees’ away form has been an issue, so I expect another tough match against West Ham. On the bright side, new boy Richarlison is having an excellent season, and there are no injuries for this game.

West Ham vs. Everton Prediction and Pick

I see no point in trying to predict the winner of this match, as it could go either way. What makes sense to me is to go for the over 2.5 goals option. Both West Ham and Everton have some in-form attacking players and a leaky defense.

A score like 2-2 won’t be a huge surprise to me, so my final betting pick is over 2.5 goals. The price of 1.90 is solid enough for my taste, as I don’t expect any of the teams to keep a clean sheet.

PICKOver 2.5 Goals1.90

Final Words

I would be surprised to see a tight game here, but with those two, you never know. Let’s hope they don’t suddenly remember how to defend properly for this particular EPL game.

What do you expect to happen on Saturday? Do you agree with my analysis, or do you think I might be wrong? Let me know in the comments section below.

Good luck!

Jerry Summer

Jerry Summer has a wide-ranging interest in gambling and the gambling industry. He's made a living out of both playing poker and betting on sports.

The English Premier League and the NBA are among Jerry's primary areas of expertise. He's knowledgeable about many other sports, too, along with poker and several casino games.

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