Half-time: West Ham 1-2 Everton
Andriy Yarmolenko’s double gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side a deserved lead, but Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled a goal back for Everton on the brink of the interval. Until then, Marco Silva’s side had only flattered to deceive. They badly need to get Cenk Tosun firing, while they must find a way of hushing Marko Arnautovic’s involvement. We’re in for a juicy second half.
GOAL! Everton 1-2 West Ham (Sigurdsson, 45+2)
Sigurdsson heads home a brilliant ball in by Jonjoe Kenny. Everton switched play nicely, via Bernard and Gueye. And, out of practically nothing, Everton have a lifeline! Can they build on it?
44 min: An early change by Everton; Schneiderlin is replaced by Bernard. Marco Silva, clearly, noted something had to change for his team.
43 min: Anderson’s trickery earns West Ham a free-kick themselves, with Kenny fouling the Brazilian. Yarmolenko whips it in from the left but Pickford gathers comfortably.
40 min: It’s low and hard by Digne, but no problem for Fabianski. Back come Everton, as Marco Silva seems to be frantically trying to devise a Plan B on the touchline.
39 min: Masuaku is booked for a clumsy challenge on Walcott. Everton want to rip his head off for it. It is a high foot, but nothing more, it’s not malicious. Everton earn a free-kick just on the edge of the box, with Sigurdsson set to deliver it in from the right.
37 min: And now Fabianski denies Tosun, with the Everton striker bearing down on goal before striking at the West Ham goalkeeper. The defenders backed off Tosun, but while his effort was powerful, he never looked like finding the net.
36 min: Walcott almost catches out Fabianski! He attempts to sidefoot a volleyed pass into the danger area, but it – a little fortuitously – ends up troubling the West Ham goalkeeper. Fabianski reacts, tipping it over.
34 min: The ball almost drops for Calvert-Lewin in the box, but Fabianski scoops it up. Meanwhile, a couple of quick stats: Everton have not won any of their last 10 Premier League games when conceding the first goal, and Yarmolenko is the first Ukrainian to score in the Premier League since Andriy Voronin in May 2008 ..
GOAL! Everton 0-2 West Ham (Yarmolenko, 31)
A magical second by Yarmolenko, who doubles his tally and his side’s lead. Pickford’s pass out from the back is poor and, a little sloppy defending later, Everton are punished and trail by two. Yarmolenko cuts inside, allowed to drift on to his left foot, with the winger bending an effort into the far corner beyond Pickford. This is turning out to be quite the full league debut for the Ukraine international.
29 min: Arnautovic is almost in for a moment, but Pickford is quick off his line. Obiang seizes possession after a sloppy pass by Schneiderlin and, with the outside of his boot, he plays in the West Ham forward. But just as Arnatovic looks to meet it, there’s Pickford.
28 min: Yarmolenko does well, blocking off the passage for Digne to again prosper down Everton’s left. In midfield, Declan Rice seems to be tracking Gylfi Sigurdsson’s almost every move. And he’s doing a good job so far of keeping him quiet.
25 min: Digne delves down the West Ham right, easily beating a half-hearted Yarmolenko, before swinging in a beautiful ball for Tosun – but the Everton striker heads it straight at Fabianski. The Poland goalkeeper almost makes a mess of it, but eventually gathers. Tosun did the hard part, escaping his marker, but his effort was straight at Fabianski, in truth.
24 min: Walcott attempts to speed away from a sea of blue shirts, but West Ham regain the ball. A couple of silky touches from Yarmolenko and then Arnautovic free Gueye, but his second touch is a little heavy. Plenty of promising signs for Pellegrini.
22 min: Zabaleta picks the ball up in space just inside the Everton half and West Ham accelerate it into the box all too easily. The full-back plays a simple pass into Arnautovic, who has Holgate for company. The striker comfortably screens the ball from the Everton defender but it bounces unkindly.
20 min: Gueye gets the ball on halfway, has a look up and looks to chip the ball into Tosun. But the striker is on a different wavelength and Balbeuna gladly gobbles the ball up. Noble then trides forward in search of Arnautovic, but West Ham can’t make it stick.
19 min: Goodison Park groans at the sight of West Ham slowly affirming their grip on this game.
18 min: Everton are frustrated. Calvert-Lewin picks up a yellow card for a tug at Noble’s shirt, allowing the visitors another chance to get the ball in but it’s wasted. But back come West Ham, with Rice and Noble intent on kickstarting another move.
17 min: It was a decent, quick ball into the box from the right and while Issa Diop reaches it, he cannot get enough power on the ball to beat Jordan Pickford. That goal has really stirred West Ham.
16 min: Everton are rattled, and now West Ham have a free-kick 30-odd yards from goal. Anderson will whip it in …
15 min: After Noble attempts to dink a cute ball into the box, Masuaku robs the ball off Walcott. He takes a touch before fizzing in an inviting cross. Nobody’s sure where it is in the Everton defence, but West Ham cannot prosper, Arnautovic glued to Zouma.
13 min: Everton look a little startled. They had settled far quicker, but a simple, slick move worryingly cut right through the middle of their defence. Marco Silva, unsurprisingly, looks absolutely seething.
GOAL! Everton 0-1 West Ham (Yarmolenko, 11)
Against the run of play, West Ham take the lead! Andriy Yarmolenko, on his first Premier League start, sidefoots home after unselfish work by Arnautovic. The latter played a neat give-and-go with Obiang and, just like that, West Ham were in. Arnautovic broke through the heart of the Everton defence, before sliding the ball across, allowing Yarmolenko to do the rest.
8 min: Everton seem to be growing in confidence, and this all seems a bit familiar territory for West Ham of late. A smart ball over the top of Zabaleta frees Calvert-Lewin, but Fabianski rushes out to claim it.
7 min: Obiang thinks he has snuffed out Walcott, who does well to combine with Jonjoe Kenny down the right but the winger evades his man, cutting the ball back inside. West Ham, however, clear their lines. Plenty of encouragement for the hosts.
5 min: Anderson breaks away from Schneiderlin, before passing over the baton to Arnautovic. They look to have an overload on down the right, but Everton get back in shape. Just as West Ham look to build once more, Noble overhits a painful pass to Zabaleta.
4 min: Everton pen West Ham in, with Digne again the profiteer of some early possession. Pablo Zabaleta, a longtime lieutenant of Manuel Pellegrini, already seems to have his hands full.
3 min: Felipe Anderson, after collecting the ball from Masuaku, buys a throw-in out of Gueye down the left. West Ham fail to do anything with it, though.
2 min: Lucas Digne has a go from distance and that’s that. The Everton full-back bombs forward but blazes wide!
1 min: Everton furrow down the right early on, with Mason Holgate driving forward in possession. He wins an early throw, with Kenny then teeing up Walcott to shoot at goal. But West Ham get a block in.
The teams are out of the tunnel at Goodison Park, amid the usual backdrop of Z Cars. We are just a few formalities away from the off …
Marco Silva speaks: “It’s our job to find different solutions. We have to plan with the players we have that are fit for the match.
“We made a good start, but we could have taken more points as well. Our last game wasn’t the best performance, but the attitude was right. We have to play a little bit faster and create more chances to score.
“They [West Ham] are a strong team, a lot of quality. Everything is new for them: new process, new coach, we have to play at our best level to win the match.”
What happens to Pellegrini if West Ham lose this one? Surely he won’t be sacked. Surely. Surely?
How do you interpret making six changes to the team? As a manager recognising that things need shaking up, or a manager panicking as he doesn’t know what his team is?
“For different reasons,” said Pellegrini just now when asked about those changes. “Because I was not happy with the performance last time, because we had some injuries, because we always make changes as we play so many games.”
Some pre-match reading. Jacob Steinberg assesses whether Manuel Pellegrini should be panicking, as he insists he is absolutely not panicking.
Pickford; Kenny, Holgate, Zouma, Digne; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin; Tosun. Subs: Baines, Niasse, Bernard, Stekelenburg, Davies, Dowell, Lookman.
West Ham United
Fabianski; Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Rice, Obiang; Yarmolenko, Arnautovic, Felipe Anderson. Subs: Cresswell, Snodgrass, Adrian, Sanchez, Ogbonna, Lucas Perez, Antonio.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
For West Ham, things can surely only get better. A winless, pointless and pretty worthless start to the season for a team that splashed out almost £100m on nine new signings this summer. Another defeat would usher in their worst ever start to a season. “Does the spending add pressure? No, no. We believe if you don’t spend the money, you cannot grow,” the manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “They have to perform as a team.” There are remnants of the David Moyes era and the fingerprints of Slaven Bilic, with the squad very much a mishmash of managers. Establishing something that resembles a team remains their biggest challenge and issue. At present, it feels a bit slapdash, with a much-changed back line just as unconvincing. None of Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and co have exactly covered themselves in glory. In many ways, though, it is a problem that has troubled Everton too, a club still finding their feet under Marco Silva. Yet, they have made a decent start and slipping up on home soil against an out-of-sorts West Ham would renew a little nervous energy around Goodison Park. Team news will be upon us shortly, but Jack Wilshere will not be involved after rolling his ankle.
Kick-off: 4pm (BST)