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West Ham 0-0 Everton: Stalemate at London Stadium

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  • West Ham’s second clean sheet in three games
  • Everton up to sixth place
  • Hammers move on to 38 points
  • Toffees unbeaten in four

West Ham United and Everton battled it out in an uneventful 0-0 draw at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers had the better chances, especially in the first half, while Everton couldn’t get any service to their star man Romelu Lukaku in a disappointing display.

With the point West Ham move on to 38 for the season, while Everton have 58 and momentarily move into sixth place.

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A cagey start saw West Ham almost shoot themselves in the foot with a throw back to goalkeeper Adrian poorly controlled and his clearance hit Lukaku and almost fell to Kevin Mirallas to tap home. Crisis averted.

West Ham went close with two chances as Cheikou Kouyate drilled just wide, then Havard Nordtveit had an effort blocked and the follow up was saved by Maarten Stekelenburg.

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Before half time West Ham again went close when James Collins headed wide while under pressure from Ashley Williams, then West Ham almost forced the ball in at the back post as Everton failed to get going.

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At half time Ademola Lookman and Gareth Barry came on for Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies as Koeman looked to spark his team into life.

Manuel Lanzini then went close with his shot brilliantly blocked by Phil Jagialka as the Hammers carved out the better chances with Jose Fonte having his header saved by Stekelenburg.

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Both teams struggled to create clear cut chances in the sun in east London as a tame encounter petered out into a 0-0 draw with Everton’s only reach chance an effort dragged wide by Lookman.

Premier League Preview: West Ham vs. Everton

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  • Toffees won 2-0 on Oct. 23
  • Irons took 4 points last season
  • Everton leads all-time 68W-30D-37L

Everton aims to keep its slim Top Five hopes alive when it attempts to sweep West Ham United for the fourth time in five seasons (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Romelu Lukaku should be a big part of that as he looks to build his 4-goal lead in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot. The soon-to-be 24-year-old has 24 goals on the season.

It hasn’t been a great couple months for West Ham, which the club is looking to turn around having picked up four points in the last two weeks (albeit against relegation candidates).

What they’re saying

West Ham’s James Collins on stopping Lukaku“Of course, Lukaku has got a good record against us, and we probably haven’t defended as well against him as we could have done in games gone by. Physically, he has got everything, he is big, strong and he can finish so it’s going to be a tough game. He’s obviously on top of his game, but I’m happy with the way I’m playing at the minute, so I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”

Everton boss Ronald Koeman on away form: “It’s all about the attitude and having that in the same way when we play at home and away. Of course, it’s going to be slightly different because at Goodison we have the backing of 39,000 home fans. When those fans are against you [in an away game], that makes a difference. But we need to start well, start aggressive and try to score. We need a little bit more of that mentality away from home.”

Prediction

Something has to give between Everton’s road form (three matches in 13) and the Hammers being better away from the London Stadium than inside its walls. We expect that to sway toward the better quality on Everton, which wins 2-0.

Premier League player Power Rankings – Top 20

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At a pivotal point in the season, plenty of defenders are rising to the top of our Power Rankings.

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Remember: this is a list of the top 20 performing players right now in the Premier League.

Let us know in the comments section below if you agree with the selections of the top 20 players in the PL right now.


  1. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Up 1
  2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – Up 1
  3. Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Up 5
  4. Leroy Sane (Man City) – Up 2
  5. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Up 2
  6. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) – Down 2
  7. Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) – Down 2
  8. Ross Barkley (Everton) – Up 4
  9. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – Up 7
  10. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – New entry
  11. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) – New entry
  12. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Down 3
  13. Marcus Rashford (Man United) – New entry
  14. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – Down 3
  15. Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham) – New entry
  16. Harry Maguire (Hull City) – Down 3
  17. David Silva (Man City) – Down 3
  18. Michael Keane (Burnley) – Up 2
  19. Vincent Kompany (Man City) – New entry
  20. David De Gea (Man United) – Down 2

Premier League roundup: Man City, Spurs bury their chances

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With Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool all waiting to play, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur firmed up their Top Four chances with blowout wins on Saturday.

At the other end of the table, it’s looking more and more like a two-horse race to avoid one relegation slot (although Middlesbrough has matches-in-hand). Hull City and Swansea City both lost Saturday.

Southampton 0-3 Manchester CityRECAP

Nil-nil at half, Pep Guardiola‘s men built momentum throughout the second half. Vincent Kompany scored his first Premier League goal in 20 months before Kevin De Bruyne teed up Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero for insurance markers. City goes third, level on matches with Liverpool.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 BournemouthRECAP

Spurs just keep piling up blowout wins, this one behind two goals in each half. Moussa Dembele and Heung-Min Son buried markers in the first half, then Harry Kane added his 20th of the season before Vincent Janssen rounded out the scoring in stoppage time. Spurs are back within four points of leaders Chelsea.

Stoke City 3-1 Hull CityRECAP

Marko Arnautovic was a man possessed, but it was a lay-off to Xherdan Shaqiri that led to an otherworldly highlight. Those two were joined on Stoke’s scoresheet by Peter Crouch, while Harry Maguire scored Hull’s lone goal. The Tigers remain two points ahead of Swansea for the final safe spot in the league.

Watford 1-0 Swansea CityRECAP

Etienne Capoue scored his first goal of 2017, stopping Swansea City from taking advantage of Hull City’s stumble. Swans remain 18th.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City — RECAP

Christian Benteke and Yohan Cabaye led the Eagles to a come-from-behind point as Palace moved closer to ensuring its Premier League future. Jamie Vardy and Robert Huth opened the scoring for Leicester.

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham UnitedRECAP

Wahbi Khazri scored an Olimpico and Fabio Borini also scored, but Sunderland will lament not nabbing all three points from the Irons. Andre Ayew and James Collins netted for the visitors.

Everton 3-1 Burnley — RECAP

Everton started slow, but rallied to score three second-half goals. Phil Jagielka and Sam Vokes traded goals before a Ben Mee own goal and Romelu Lukaku beauty teamed up to close it out at Goodison Park.

Everton 3-1 Burnley: Toffees carry open second half

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  • Jagielka, Vokes trade goals
  • Barkley produces winner via o.g.
  • Lukaku adds classy insurance goal

Phil Jagielka and Romelu Lukaku helped Everton to a 3-1 win over Burnley at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Ben Mee scored an own goal for Everton’s third, and Sam Vokes won and converted a penalty for the Clarets’ lone marker.

The Toffees rise fifth for the moment, though they’ve played three more matches than both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Burnley sits 14th, eight points clear of the drop zone.

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Everton had the better of early play, though the teams traded chances after the quarter-hour mark.

First Burnley did well to stop an Everton attack down the right side, and then Ross Barkley had to clear off the line when Michael Keane‘s header beat Joel Robles.

Joey Barton sent Sam Vokes in on goal, but Phil Jagielka’s pressure allowed Robles to close down the angle and slap away Vokes’ shot.

Barkley had a chance denied by Tom Heaton as the half wound toward halftime, and then saw his deflected free kick just miss the far post.

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Things escalated quickly out of the break, with both sides potting goals. First Jagielka continued his scoring ways with a header, and then Vokes converted a penalty to have it 1-1 in short order.

The penalty was another poor mark on Robles’ day, as the keeper dragged down Vokes in seemingly unnecessary fashion.

Everton then looked good money to a match-winner, and Barkley’s shot needed two deflections to find its way past Clarets keeper Tom Heaton.

Lukaku nabbed his goal when he turned and burned Keane before pushing the ball home with the outside of his foot.