Everton v West Ham preview: Gylfi Sigurdsson calls on Toffees to turn it around
Last Updated: 29/11/17 6:59pm
Gylfi Sigurdsson wants Everton to turn around their poor form and says home advantage is key as West Ham visit Goodison Park on Wednesday (kick-off 8pm).
The managerless Toffees were defeated 4-1 at Southampton on Sunday, which came just three days after a 5-1 home drubbing by Atalanta on Thursday.
"All of the players are determined to turn this around," the Iceland international midfielder said.
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"We need a little bit of luck, we got back into the game but we need to make sure we take advantage of those situations.
"The positive thing is we have two more games this week. We must go into the next one with a bit of positivity and try to get something from the game.
"We have two very important games coming up now. We are playing at home and we need to get six points."
West Ham boss David Moyes returns to Goodison Park with Everton still waiting to appoint a permanent manager, but the Scot has plenty of advice for caretaker David Unsworth, who could be set for his final game in charge.
"If he doesn't take the Everton job I think I would tell 'Unsy' to go and manage somewhere and earn your corn," said Moyes.
"If you want to move on go and get a job in the Championship or League One.
"I think there has been a generation of really good players out there who I believe should go and manage and try and come up.
"I would say earn your stripes first and show you can organise so that you can control the team and show that your training works, all the things that are linked with management and leadership.
"I still believe the best thing to do is to go out and trust yourself to win a few games wherever you go."
Everton duo Leighton Baines and Michael Keane are likely to sit out Wednesday's match after both came off with injuries at Southampton on Sunday.
Fellow defender Mason Holgate (groin), who has missed the last three matches, will be assessed ahead of the contest at Goodison Park.
Oumar Niasse is unavailable as he completes his two-match suspension, but Tom Davies can be called upon again having served his one-game ban.
Moyes is set to take an unchanged West Ham squad to Goodison.
Marko Arnautovic should be available despite limping off towards the end of Friday night's 1-1 draw with Leicester.
Javier Hernandez, Michail Antonio (both hamstring) and James Collins (ankle) are not quite ready to return and Jose Fonte (ankle) is out until the new year.
Everton have lost just once in their last 18 Premier League matches against the Hammers (W11 D6 L1) - losing 3-2 in March 2016 under Roberto Martinez.
West Ham have failed to score in their last two Premier League games against Everton - they last went three in a row without netting back in February 2000 under Harry Redknapp.
Moyes has lost all four of his Premier League matches against his former side Everton as a manager by an aggregate score of 0-8.
Moyes took charge of 427 Premier League games as Everton manager - only one of three bosses to have managed 300+ games at one club in the competition, alongside Arsene Wenger (803 at Arsenal) and Sir Alex Ferguson (810 at Man Utd).
This will be the 39th consecutive Premier League matchday in which Moyes has started in charge of a team in the relegation zone - only one manager has a longer run of matchdays started in a relegation zone, John Gorman in 1993/94 at Swindon Town (40 in a row).
West Ham's winless streak in the Premier League now stands at six games (W0 D3 L3) and should they fail to win this match it'll be their second instance of a seven-game winless streak in the league in 2017 alone (seven games between February and April).
Wayne Rooney has been directly involved in 15 goals in 15 starts against West Ham United in the Premier League (11 goals, four assists).
Andy Carroll hasn't scored in any of his last 11 competitive appearances for West Ham. Since scoring in the 18th minute of their 2-1 loss against Hull City on April 1, 2017, the striker has gone 14 hours and 19 minutes without a goal and attempted just four shots on target in this period.
This could be a good game. I thought West Ham did all right against Leicester on Friday. It was a weird game in that Leicester could not get out of their own half, but nothing happened in the second half for 25 minutes and it was not like Kasper Schmeichel was making save after save. Everton, though, are all over the place, conceding fours and fives in their last two games… that is not Everton. And on Sunday, for me they just lay down.
Everton have good fans, so it was sad to see and it must be breaking their hearts seeing that. But I am going to go with home advantage here, as if they cannot get themselves up for this game at home, they need to start panicking. This is a big match and they need to give more than they did against Southampton and bar a worldy goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was not much.
PAUL PREDICTS: 2-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)