By Adefunmiloye Alani

14th Oct, 2021 | 9:00pm

Paul Merson predicts scoreline of West Ham v Everton

West Ham travel to Everton on Sunday and will look to bounce back with a win after heading into the break on a losing note.

Brentford handed the Hammers a 2-1 defeat at the London Stadium a fortnight ago, and David Moyes’ men have a tough battle on their hands as they look to bag all three points at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have lost just once this term, but Paul Merson reckons having a fresh Michail Antonio, 31, available for the clash could hand West Ham a slight advantage.

He told Sportskeeda while predicting a 2-2 draw: “West Ham were flying in the Premier League but all of a sudden, they were beaten by Brentford in a game they were expected to win. Everton are also performing well, so this game is a hard one to call.

“Michail Antonio being fit and firing automatically makes West Ham a different team, but Everton will come out and take the game to their opponents, so I can see this one ending all square.”

Huge clash

The Irons have lost twice already this term, and they will be keen to avoid defeat in their eighth league game of the season.

They have had a similar start to the season with Everton who have won four and lost once, but they have an advantage given the squad conditions of both sides.

Antonio got enough rest during the break after opting against travelling for Jamaica’s World Cup qualifiers, and he will be looking to continue his impressive start in front of goal.

On the other hand, Rafa Benitez remains without attacking duo Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and that hands the visitors a slight advantage.

Nevertheless, the likes of Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray and Abdoulaye Doucoure have stepped up in the absence of the injured forwards, and they have got everything it takes to hurt West Ham.

It is a tricky call predicting Sunday’s clash between both teams, and the battle will likely be won on the touchline.

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