Score draw: Merson tips West Ham and Everton to share the spoils

Pundit Paul Merson has predicted a 2-2 draw between West Ham United and Everton in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium.

What’s the word?

Merson told Sky Sports:

“You just don’t know what you’re going to get from West Ham. In fact, that applies to Everton too! I think Everton will be better away from the pressure of Goodison Park. I didn’t think there were going to come out for the second half of their last game against Chelsea, there was no point coming out.

“I’ve never seen a turnaround like it in the Premier League. You see them on a Sunday morning when the wind is gale force and a team plays downhill, but not in the top-flight.

“That win will have filled them with confidence and I think they will express themselves at the London Stadium. I predict goals.”

West Ham’s recent home form has actually been very good. Indeed, they have won five of their last seven matches at the London Stadium in all competitions, including their last three in the Premier League.

Not since a 2-0 reverse to Watford on December 22 have the Hammers lost in front of their own supporters, but they needed two late goals to beat Huddersfield Town in an incredible game just before the international break.

Merson has claimed that ‘you just don’t know what you’re going to get from West Ham’, which is a fair statement when considering the London club’s inconsistency throughout the 2018-19 campaign.

Why has Merson predicted a draw?

West Ham have actually only shared the points in three of their 16 home Premier League matches this season, whilst Everton have drawn just three times on their travels.

West Ham’s inconsistency this term is perfectly shown by the fact that they have won 12 but lost 13 of their 31 Premier League matches during the 2018-19 campaign.

Everton are currently 11th in the table, two points off the ninth-placed Hammers, but will enter the match off the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea.

West Ham and Everton played out a draw at the home of the London club as recently as April 2017, and it would certainly not be a surprise to see the points shared this weekend.