David Moyes has shared his respect Rafa Benitez and the Spaniard’s ‘exceptional’ spells in management ahead of West Ham United’s trip to Everton on Sunday, via football.london.

Moyes takes the Hammers to his former home looking to deal Benitez his second Premier League defeat this season. The Spaniard has enjoyed a strong start to his Goodison Park tenure, with four wins from seven games so far.

Sunday will be the first time that Moyes and Benitez have shared the Goodison touchline since May 2013. Back then, Moyes stood in the home technical area, while Benitez stood in the visitors’ for Chelsea. A place he knew well from seven meetings in charge of Liverpool.

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Now, Benitez will hope to get the better of Moyes and his West Ham side so Everton secure all three-points. Moyes has only beat the 61-year-old three times in 17 meetings across all competitions. Including losing 3-2 at home to Benitez’s Newcastle with the Irons in 2017.

Moyes has a lot of respect for Benitez and his spells managing Liverpool, Inter Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid. He also remembers how tough the Spaniard made it for his Everton side.

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“I have great respect for Rafa because of the level of clubs he’s managed,” Moyes said.

“He did an exceptional job with Liverpool and made it really difficult for me when I was manager at Everton. Thankfully, by the end of my time there, we had got above them a couple of times!

“You don’t manage the clubs Rafa’s managed if you’re not very experienced and good at your jobs.”

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Can Everton maintain Benitez’s record against Moyes vs West Ham?

Benitez has only faced Arsene Wenger (24) and Jose Mourinho (19) more often than Moyes in his managerial career. He has also beat Moyes (11) more than any other coach, and will want to extend that record on Sunday.

Everton also enjoy a strong record against West Ham in recent meetings that could allow Benitez to get another one over Moyes. The Toffees have won four of their last six games in all competitions, while only losing the once.

West Ham won their last trip to Everton, however, with Moyes beating his Carlo Ancelotti’s Blues 1-0 in January. Tomas Soucek scored the only goal of a close-fought encounter in the 86th-minute with chances at a premium.