By George Overhill

19th Jan, 2023 | 5:40pm

Paul Merson predicts Everton vs West Ham result with Frank Lampard and David Moyes under pressure

West Ham’s home advantage will be the deciding factor in getting them the three points against Everton on Saturday, believes Paul Merson.

Both clubs come into the game at the weekend (21 January) in dire straights, level on 15 points and both in the Premier League relegation zone, leaving the two managers under major pressure.

Despite an encouraging point at Manchester City (31 December), the Toffees have had some awful results since the return after the World Cup and Merson expects another one at the London Stadium as he has Everton down to lose 2-0.

In his predictions column for Sportskeeda he said: “This is a huge game. This is a game between the third-bottom and the second-bottom teams in the Premier League table. Everton have played the bottom team in the Premier League and have lost twice – they can’t afford to do that. They did quite well against Man City, and they’ll have to do it again.

“This is a hard game for West Ham, and it’s a game that neither manager can afford to lose. West Ham are playing at home, and I think they have the upper hand in this game.”

Miserable

Nobody is giving Frank Lampard and his side much of a chance in what is undoubtedly a massive clash at the bottom of the table.

The turmoil off the pitch, which has been stoked by the club’s board attempting to turn the negative spotlight off themselves and onto the fans, provides an uncomfortable back drop to awful form on it.

Perhaps the Toffees can spring a surprise against a similarly struggling side if they recreate some of the fight they showed in away trips to both sides of Manchester, with David Moyes even tipped for a return to Goodison Park if he loses his Hammers job by Phil McNulty on BBC Merseyside on 9 January [7.56am].

But they have been beaten at home twice by relegation rivals, which doesn’t inspire even the slightest confidence right now.

It may be that those two games felt like such crucial opportunities in front of the home fans that the collective tension proved too much.

But if they can’t produce a better result away from home then it is currently a real struggle to see where supporters can glean much positivity about the situation.