By George Overhill

20th Jan, 2023 | 12:10pm

Chris Sutton dismisses both teams in Everton vs West Ham prediction for BBC Sport

Chris Sutton wanted to predict that both teams somehow lose when Everton take on West Ham because both are struggling so badly.

With both the Toffees and the Hammers on 15 points together inside the relegation zone, and coming off damaging defeats to fellow strugglers last weekend, the pundit hasn’t got high hopes for them facing each other when Everton go to the London Stadium on Saturday (21 January).

Southampton went to Goodison Park and won last week (14 January), while West Ham went to Molineux to face Wolves the same day and came back empty handed, so Sutton has predicted a 0-0 draw in a “nervy” and “boring” game this time.

He said in his BBC Sport predictions: “Is it possible for me to make a prediction where both teams lose?

“Both managers are under a lot of pressure, and neither side seems able to score many goals.

“West Ham boss David Moyes didn’t get the result he needed when his side lost to Wolves last weekend, but their performance was even worse.

“While there has been lots of criticism of Everton’s owner and the club’s board, Frank Lampard’s record of only one win and 10 defeats in their past 13 games does not stand up to much scrutiny either.

“Are either of these teams really capable of taking the game to the other one? I am not sure, and I cannot bring myself to back either of them.

“It’s difficult to say they are both suited to doing anything, to be honest, but they are both marginally better on the counter-attack, and will be hoping they can nick something from what will probably be a very nervy – and possibly quite boring – game.”

Call a spade a spade

It won’t please anyone connected to either side but Sutton hasn’t held back in his assessment of their form and their seasons so far.

Nervy games often mean mistakes which could prove to be the difference if his prediction is accurate and it is a tight and uninspired affair.

An ugly 1-0 would be just fine for Lampard right now though as he looks for a way to get points on the board in any manner possible.

He has got a pretty miserable record of late and he is coming in for increasing scrutiny for it, but he is never going to be as unpopular as Farhad Moshiri and the board are in the current circumstances.

The former Chelsea man needs some fortune from somewhere to potentially start a run, and the psychological boost that would come from downing a direct rival for the drop would be a good way to do so.

Based on recent performances in such high pressure situations it is hard to imagine, but perhaps if West Ham seem even more nervous it could be the opening this Everton side needs to find some confidence and play to their potential.