It wasn’t long ago that we were discussing Everton’s chances of breaking the top six and it was only two season ago when West Ham finished the campaign just four points off the top four.
But as the two clubs meet at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, all the talk is of how they’re going to ensure Premier League survival this season.
It’s quite unusual that these clubs go in to an encounter in very similar circumstances but here were are, neither outfit can afford to drop points in this one as relegation continues to be a real threat.
West Ham sacked Slaven Bilic and replaced him with former Everton boss David Moyes earlier in the month but the Toffees are yet to find a suitable replacement for Ronald Koeman, who was sacked back in October.
Everton’s failure to replace Koeman immediately has ultimately led to them getting worse by the week, while West Ham have already shown some very early signs of improvement just two games in to Moyes’ tenure.
A win for either side would be huge, but West Ham will be hopeful of not only coming away with three points but also extending Everton’s unwanted Premier League record over them.
That’s because in Premier League history, Everton have lost more games than anyone else (343) but West Ham are only four defeats behind them in the rankings with 339.
It means that Everton can either close the gap between themselves and West Ham or the Hammers can ensure they give a little more breathing space between them and arguably the most unwanted Premier League record.
If it’s a draw then Everton will only extend their lead at the top of that all-time Premier League record table. The Toffees have drawn 280 Premier League games since the top-flight’s inception, five ahead of Aston Villa who are second.