Brian Dear: I think this has become a ‘must-win’ game for West Ham

West Ham United v Everton – London Stadium – Premier League – Saturday 3pm

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A narrow defeat at Sheffield United has left West Ham United perched precariously just a single point above the Premier League dropzone and once again raising question marks over the east Londoners ability to stave off the threat of relegation.

VAR, a change in the rules and a defensive mix-up between Fabian Balbuena and David Martin have all been sighted for the Hammers eleventh defeat of an otherwise frustrating campaign. But once again, a number of the clubs big starts simply didn’t perform and found themselves out fought and out-thought by the battling Blades.

And former frontman, Brian Dear, now believes returning boss, David Moyes, has a huge problem on his hands, trying to motivate a squad who seem sorry for themselves and lacking the stomach for a scrap to save their Premier League lives.

“Whatever the excuse, the truth is Sheffield United were better than us. They largely worked harder and until the latter stages of the match, didn’t look under any great threat.

“The goal was avoidable and the late controversy will continue to be a source of debate. But did we do enough during the ninety minutes? I’m not so sure?”

And with the second half of the season now in full swing, Dear believes Moyes must target teams in the bottom half of the table, particularly when they come to the London Stadium.

“This is a ‘must-win’ game,” Dear continued.

Watford and Southampton have found a bit of form. At some point, all the teams at the bottom will have a spell – we need to make sure that doesn’t happen at our expense and the only way to do that is by beating them.

“We need to start doing that this weekend against Everton. They have picked up of late, but can still be a little unpredictable. We have to make home advantage count, put in a shift and get three points.

“We know the Hammers players are more than capable. Yes, Fabianski’s injury is a concern, but we still have the boys to do the job. I think the bottom two might struggle to get out of it. Above them, there are probably even clubs in danger of getting dragged into trouble.

“The manager will have to earn his corn, but ultimately it is down to how the team reacts when they cross the white line as to whether we spend the next four months worrying about our Premier League future or not.”

West Ham United v Everton – Head to head:

West Ham United won: 40
Drawn: 30
Everton won: 71

West Ham United v Everton – Last five meetings (all competitions):

November 29, 2017 – Premier League
Everton 4-0 West Ham United

May 13, 2018 – Premier League
West Ham United 3-1 Everton

September 16, 2018 – Premier League
Everton 1-3 West Ham United

March 30, 2019 – Premier League
West Ham United 0-2 Everton

October 19, 2019 – Premier League
Everton 2-0 West Ham United

Brian Dear’s prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Everton
Jeevesie’s prediction: West Ham United 1-0 Everton

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