Everton manager Frank Lampard believes his side are moving in the right direction and a first Premier League victory of the season could be just around the corner as they prepare to face West Ham at Goodison Park on Sunday (Everton 19/10, Draw 12/5, West Ham 13/8 – Match Result).
The Toffees (5/2 to be relegated) have failed to win any of their opening six top-flight matches of the new campaign, but they have proven hard to beat over recent weeks, drawing each of their last four league fixtures.
Lampard believes that new-found resilience shows his side are on an upward trajectory and he is confident they will enjoy that winning feeling again soon, maybe even against his former club this weekend.
“We’ve deserved more points than what we’ve got – that doesn’t mean anything but it’s nice to feel the confidence of being solid and feel like we’re going in the right direction,” Lampard told reporters.
“I feel we can see a strength within the team, but it can take time to translate the performances into results. We just have to keep working in the right direction and believe that will come.”
Goals have been an issue for Everton of late – they have scored just four across their opening six top-flight games. However, they are set to be boosted in that department by the imminent return of striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin (9/4 anytime scorer), with Lampard confirming the England international could play some part on Sunday following a knee issue.
At the other end of the pitch, Everton still have concerns, with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford having been ruled out with the thigh injury he picked up in the Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool and he joins defenders Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina on the treatment table.
West Ham (8/1 top-six finish) have also endured a tough start to the season, with the Hammers currently sitting in the relegation zone after winning just one of their opening six league fixtures.
However, David Moyes’ team have only lost one of their last six matches across all competitions following back-to-back wins in the Europa Conference League and the former Everton manager is confident his side are now moving in the right direction.
“Overall, we need the points,” Moyes, who enjoyed 11 years in charge of Everton between 2002-2013, told reporters. “The points are always what we get judged on, but I think our performances are improving at this present time.”
Moyes has no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of Sunday’s trip to Merseyside, with defensive pair Aaron Cresswell and Craig Dawson both having returned for the midweek European victory over Silkeborg.