No Silva lining for Marco?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 15th October 2019

West Ham travel to Merseyside this coming weekend seeking their second successive Premier League win at Goodison Park.

Not traditionally a happy hunting ground for Hammers teams of the past, United have enjoyed three wins and two draws on the blue side of Stanley Park in their last ten visits - including a 3-1 victory a year ago last month.

And it is strongly felt in the North West that another West Ham this weekend win could signal the end of current manager Marco Silva's reign at The Toffees, who go into the game precariously perched in the relegation zone having won just two of their eight Premier League fixtures so far this term.

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A quick look at Everton Forum Grand Old Team gives a clear indication of the fan base's view, with some even hoping that a defeat will follow in order to hurry the end of Silva's tenure.

"A win-win situation this," wrote ForeverBlue92. "A win and I can celebrate - and a loss means I can boo Silva out of the ground forever. Lovely."

A view echoed by fellow member evertonarntwe, who added: "If we do lose, at least it speeds up the process of getting this clown fired. I actually quite like Silva, but unfortunately for us both he just isn't good enough."

And another member, longers, who added: "I genuinely hope we lose this. Silva is not going to be a manager we are successful under, so the sooner he goes the better.

"The worst outcome is we go on a little run of form and he keeps the job for a few more weeks before the inevitable bad run of form over Christmas kicks in again."

Since taking control at Goodison Park, Silva has overseen 17 wins, 10 draws and 17 defeats in the Premier League - a total of 61 points from 46 games.

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Everton's form last season was enough to secure an eighth place finish, two points more and two positions higher than West Ham who scraped into the top ten. But it is the Blues' indifferent start to the current league campaign that has seen his position come under threat.

And whilst few Everton fans share the views of the aforementioned commentators, many believe that Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham will provide a tough test regardless.

"West Ham have a pretty good team right now and aren't half bad at counter attacking, especially away from home," wrote Zeke.

"They will sit deep and give us the ball up to around their final third. Then they'll press us into making mistakes, exploit our lack of pace through midfield and defence and pick us off on the break.

"I'm expecting a two-nil defeat with us showing around 65 per cent possession, 10 shots on goal and three shots on target. West Ham will have five shots on goal and score two goals."

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However at least Everton fan Dario Terracotta remained slightly positive. "Early kick off plus recent form means it's going to be flat," he said.

"I dread us conceding first from a set piece again after which I can see us long-suffering fans venting our spleen. Let's hope all the above is utter tosh and we hammer the 'ammers like in days of yore!"

* Read what West Ham supporters feel about the forthcoming encounter on the KUMB Forum match thread.

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