Former Manchester United and Liverpool striker Michael Owen does not seem to be too confident about an Everton victory over West Ham United on Saturday.
West Ham, though, are flying high in the league table and are currently fourth with 18 points from 11 matches. Meanwhile, Everton are four points behind in 10th.
Everton also have some major injury concerns, leading Owen to doubt if Roberto Martinez’s side have enough to get the better of Sam Allardyce’s West Ham at home.
“The Blues have a good recent record against the Hammers and are unbeaten in the last dozen games between the sides,” the former England international wrote on Betvictor.com.
“Everton have injury concerns with Gareth Barry, James McCarthy and Leighton Baines all doubts and with Kevin Mirallas and John Stones long term absentees I’m not convinced I would take too short a price about the hosts against an improving West Ham.
“Andy Carroll, who came on as a late substitute against Villa in West Ham’s last game, gives the Irons’ another option from the bench and I expect to see goals.”
West Ham could eventually lose the match against Everton, but, as Owen points out, they are “improving” and have a squad that is capable of stunning the Goodison Park faithful.
The match at the Goodison promises to be a very close and competitive one.