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That was almost performance art. Twenty people ran around at top speed, in theory attempting to place the spherical object in the net, yet never once remotely threatening to succeed in their aim.

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West Ham get the game going. Can Everton win and inflict West Ham’s 1000th league defeat?

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Everton: Begovic, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gray, Maupay, Gordon. Substitutes: Keane, McNeil, Doucoure, Coleman, Davies, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Jakupovic, Garner.

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West Ham: Fabianski, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell, Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Antonio. Substitutes: Scamacca, Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Cornet, Dawson, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Emerson Palmieri.

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Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

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Idrissa Gueye makes his first start for Everton since returning from Paris Saint Germain over the summer. The injured goalie Jordan Pickford is replaced by Asmir Begovic. Abdoulaye Doucouré is recovering from a hamstring injury and is deemed fit enough for a place on the bench but there is no Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the squad as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

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For West Ham, Lucas Paqueta makes his first start. Gianluca Scamacca drops to the bench following his goal against Silkeborg in the midweek win in the Europa Conference League. Lukasz Fabianski, Jarrod Bowen, Kurt Zouma, Pablo Fornals are all back into the starting lineup after being rested in midweek.

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Is Frank Lampard a top-level football manager? The jury is still out but this season – and therefore to a certain extent this afternoon’s match against West Ham – should provide the answer.

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David Moyes, who spent more than 11 years managing at Goodison Park, returns to face his former employers today. His long tenure at Everton divided opinion among fans: some felt he was a highly effective operator for a club of Everton’s stature, while others believed he was overly conservative and prevented the club from achieving their potential.

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Moyes’s career since he departed has neither confirmed nor disproved those opposing views. Was he out of his depth at Manchester United or was he on a hiding to nothing at what has become a deeply dysfunctional club? Has he over-achieved at West Ham, or should they have sustained last season’s push for the top four?

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Is Lampard destined for a similarly mixed, Moyesian career? Following a narrow escape from an unthinkable relegation last campaign, Lampard is still searching for a first Premier League victory in the 2022-23 season. If he is going to prove he belongs as a manager at this level, Everton should really be dispatching the likes of West Ham, where he began his playing career, at home. Team news and more will be coming right up.

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Kick-off: 2.15pm

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Key events

Half-time reading:

Half-time! Everton 0-0 West Ham

That was almost performance art. Twenty people ran around at top speed, in theory attempting to place the spherical object in the net, yet never once remotely threatening to succeed in their aim.

43 min: West Ham win a corner as we approach half time. The ball is worked back to Cresswell and Everton completely fail to close him down. Cresswell thinks about shooting but then bends a ball in for Zouma, who meets it with a glancing header, which goes straight into the gloves of Begovic.

42 min: I sort of see what you mean, Adrian, these people are clearly capable footballers, but isn’t that the point? In view of their training, and the vetting, and all the resources available to them, shouldn’t we be seeing a little more composure, skill and … what’s the word … quality?

41 min: An email arrives from Adrian Goldman:

“‘A real lack of quality’

“I’ve always been a little bit puzzled by this phrase – the people we are talking about are very well paid, went through extensive vetting processes – more than the current PM! – and each and every one of them is a member of the top 0.01-0.1% of all current football players on the planet.* (No, none of them are Lionel Messi.). But I think the idea that they aren’t, indeed, very, very good at what they do is more than a little bit demeaning and unfair.”

38 min: Everton attack. Maupay and Gordon link up, the former trying to play a low pass to his teammate. Everton win a corner. Nothing comes of it.

Maybe we could and should have predicted that Lampard v Moyes would be high-tempo but short on attacking quality?

Everton manager Frank Lampard gestures. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

37 min: What’s going on? Not much. Antonio again uses his considerable presence to control the ball with his back to goal, on halfway, and launches another West Ham attack. The Hammers thread together a few passes. It ends when Paqueta launches a cross towards Antonio, but Begovic claims the ball.

33 min: More like it from Everton. Iwobi advances from midfield and feeds Maupay, before the ball is worked to Gray, popping up on the home team’s left wing. Gray fires a good cross to the far post. But the defending from West Ham is solid.

32 min: David Moyes is wearing a nice charcoal grey sweater.

“There’s a real lack of quality,” says Carragher on Sky Sports of the football on show, and you know what, he’s spot on again.

30 mins: This is, at least, not as dour as Villa v Saints from the other night. But it isn’t very good.

Someone needs to put their foot on it.

28 min: Again with his back to goal, Antonio uses his body to turn beyond Coady, who is touch-tight. Coady knows he’s been beaten and hacks Antonio to the floor instead of letting him run. Coady is booked. Lampard appears to be appealing for something from the ref while Coady committed that cynical foul. No idea what.

26 min: West Ham win another corner. Paqueta climbs high to meet it with a header and manages to crank his neck back sufficiently to send the ball in the vague direction of the goal. Begovic catches it easily.

Paquetá heads goal wards.
Paquetá heads goal wards. Photograph: Paul Currie/REX/Shutterstock

25 min: Demarai Gray is “the one attacking player who’s had a few good moments,” opines Carragher on Sky Sports. “It hasn’t really happened for any of the attacking players on the pitch, just yet.”

He’s right!

22 min: While I was checking my emails, West Ham won a few corners. Everton repelled the danger. This is like a lunchtime secondary-school playground encounter. Lots of running and shouting but not much cutting edge … On the plus side none of the players are trying to eat their cheese rolls while trying to compete in midfield.

21 min: An email landed from Mary Waltz before kick-off!

“Rooting for Everton for a decade and always had hopes for European play but usually had to settle for mid table mediocrity. Last year was brutal and all I care about it somehow reaching the forties in points and safety from relegation hell. I am waiting for the return of DCL the way some wait for the return of the world before Trump. Desperate and far from confident.”

19 min: It remains a breathless, high-tempo game. Both teams want this win, but neither are displaying a huge amount in the way of quality on the ball.

17 min: Antonio does well to bring the ball under control for West Ham near halfway, with his back to goal. He turns and embarks on a diagonal run into the danger zone … he tries to pick out Paqueta by cutting the ball across to the right but it’s intercepted.

15 min: Fornals makes a forward run for West Ham. He is crowded out. Gray gets on the ball for Everton and strides into space in the Hammers’ half. It looks like West Ham are looking to defend pretty deep, allowing Everton space and then trying to hit on the break. Gray tries to float a creative pass out right but he overhits it and it’s out for a throw-in.

Villa have beaten Man City 4-3 in the WSL:

13 min: Gueye fouls West Ham’s Bowen in the centre of midfield, although not fast enough to stop Bowen firing a good-looking ball out to the West Ham left wing. Bowen needs treatment after the contact by Gueye, and gets back on his feet gingerly. He is OK to continue.

Bowen receives treatment.
Bowen receives treatment. Photograph: Paul Currie/REX/Shutterstock

10 min: This is lively stuff. Everton pour forward again. They win one corner, then Gray is fouled by Paqueta outside the box on the Everton right. Gray gets up to take the set-piece and floats it to the far post. Onana can’t get over his header and sends it wide and high. The noise from the fans is deafening. Both teams are going for it.

8 min: Big chance for West Ham! Bowen easily beats Mykolenko to the byline on the right and cuts a cross back looking for Antonio. Coady does very well to block the ball and deflect it out for a corner past the near post. Antonio would have had an open goal, Begovic has been taken out of the game completely by the low ball pinged across by Bowen. Very poor from Mykolenko but very good from Coady.

7 min: Maupay gets on the ball in an advanced central area and slides a ball to Iwobi … Iwobi cannot control it and it goes out for a goal kick.

5 min: As Jamie Carragher points out on commentary for Sky Sports, if there is a positive result either way in this fixture, the loser will find themselves be stuck the bottom three during the international break. Everton are currently 17th and West Ham are 18th.

Patterson bends a deep cross in from the Everton right: Begovic claims it comfortably.

2 min: A pretty high-tempo start but not much in the way of quality just yet. Paqueta lays off a decent ball to the left wing but Everton snuff out the danger. Everton stream forward, but Fornals does well to win a 50-50 ball near halfway, and then hares into space … West Ham win a corner.

West Ham United's Lucas Paqueta in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye.
West Ham United’s Lucas Paqueta in action with Everton’s Idrissa Gueye. Photograph: Craig Brough/Reuters

First half kick-off!

West Ham get the game going. Can Everton win and inflict West Ham’s 1000th league defeat?

The ceremonials are out of the way. Let’s play some football! Or certainly watch some.

It’s time for a minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. There are some boos audible and they come from the home fans, reports Will Unwin.

Will Unwin

The fearsome atmospheres that were created to help fire Everton to safety at the end of last season have been replaced. Goodison Park is subdued due to the state of the team; they have failed to win a league game this season, their main striker is yet to feature and Jordan Pickford is out injured. The fans are here in hope currently, rather than expectation.

David Moyes has a quick chat about his new players: “The problem is the amount of games … it’s finding time [in training] to work with them.”

Lampard speaks to Sky Sports, firstly about Idrissa Gueye in midfield: “He gives us experience and quality … [James] Garner comes in [on the bench], a young player, with a lot of potential.

“We’re playing pretty well … we’re competing very well … can we do it again against a very good team, and get that win which will give us confidence going into the break?”

Will Unwin is our man on the scene at Goodison Park, and he reports that it has stopped raining. Good news. The surface will be nice and greasy, which will perfectly suit the fluent attacking game we are going to see from both sides.

In the WSL, Sarah Rendell is live-blogging a thriller here: Aston Villa and Man City are drawing 3-3 with about just under 20 minutes to play”

Arsenal are top of the league with 18 points from seven matches heading into the international break. They will next be in action in the Premier League against Tottenham, on Saturday 1 October, so that should be a spicy one.

Cardiff have announced the departure of manager Steve Morison in the wake of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield. Morison, who took over on a permanent basis in November last year, leaves with the club 18th in the Championship.

Arsenal have just brought on Ethan Nwaneri … he is 15 years old. FIFTEEN! And he thus becomes the youngest ever Premier League player.

“The Arsenal” are beating Brentford 3-0.

Andy Hunter wrote that at the back end of last week, of course, long before the team was announced, and there is still no sign of Dominic Calvert-Lewin today. We are probably unlikely to see a glut of goals this afternoon, but let’s not give up hope.

Andy Hunter

Andy Hunter

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s status as Harry Kane’s understudy looked secure in the England hierarchy 14 months ago, when he replaced the captain in the Euro 2020 quarter-final win over Ukraine. He has not played for the country since, and this week saw Brentford’s in-form Ivan Toney named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s final internationals before the World Cup. Qatar now appears a distant hope for the 25-year-old, who has been restricted to just 18 appearances for Everton since winning his last cap due to toe, thigh and knee injuries. Frank Lampard has been desperate for Calvert-Lewin’s presence all season and, despite signing Neal Maupay, claimed the centre-forward’s return diminished the need to add another striker in the transfer window. Goals remain a serious problem for a team without a Premier League win this season but, having resumed training during the enforced break, Calvert-Lewin should soon have opportunity to repay his manager’s faith and perhaps send a late message to Southgate.

Half an hour until kick-off. Have you been affected by Everton’s relegation battle last season? Are you a West Ham fan? We want to hear from you. You can email me or tweet.

Gary Naylor, meanwhile, thinks I’m being harsh on Lamps. As I said, I think the jury is still out. Lampard clearly had a big say in the successful battle against relegation, but that begs the question if he could and should have made it safe before that?

You make it sound like Lampard was a bystander in last season's escape @LukeMcLaughlin. He was the leading figure in galvanising the club and our fans. He has now bought wisely and stared down Chelsea over Gordon.

The time to judge is May not September, even if we lose today.

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) September 18, 2022

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You make it sound like Lampard was a bystander in last season’s escape @LukeMcLaughlin. He was the leading figure in galvanising the club and our fans. He has now bought wisely and stared down Chelsea over Gordon.

The time to judge is May not September, even if we lose today.

— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) September 18, 2022

Jon reckons it’s going to be a draw.

@LukeMcLaughlin I think this game has a draw written all over it, two teams who really haven’t got going yet this season #EvertonWestHam

— @SocialMediaJon1 (@socialmediajon1) September 18, 2022

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I can confidently tell you what the score will be before the game even starts: 0-0.

For the avoidance of doubt, the kick-off time is 2.15pm and not 2.30pm, as may have previously been advertised on this blog.

The teams

Everton: Begovic, Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gray, Maupay, Gordon. Substitutes: Keane, McNeil, Doucoure, Coleman, Davies, Ruben Vinagre, Rondon, Jakupovic, Garner.

West Ham: Fabianski, Kehrer, Zouma, Cresswell, Coufal, Soucek, Rice, Fornals, Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Antonio. Substitutes: Scamacca, Lanzini, Downes, Areola, Cornet, Dawson, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Emerson Palmieri.

Referee: Michael Oliver (England)

Idrissa Gueye makes his first start for Everton since returning from Paris Saint Germain over the summer. The injured goalie Jordan Pickford is replaced by Asmir Begovic. Abdoulaye Doucouré is recovering from a hamstring injury and is deemed fit enough for a place on the bench but there is no Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the squad as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

For West Ham, Lucas Paqueta makes his first start. Gianluca Scamacca drops to the bench following his goal against Silkeborg in the midweek win in the Europa Conference League. Lukasz Fabianski, Jarrod Bowen, Kurt Zouma, Pablo Fornals are all back into the starting lineup after being rested in midweek.

Preamble

Is Frank Lampard a top-level football manager? The jury is still out but this season – and therefore to a certain extent this afternoon’s match against West Ham – should provide the answer.

David Moyes, who spent more than 11 years managing at Goodison Park, returns to face his former employers today. His long tenure at Everton divided opinion among fans: some felt he was a highly effective operator for a club of Everton’s stature, while others believed he was overly conservative and prevented the club from achieving their potential.

Moyes’s career since he departed has neither confirmed nor disproved those opposing views. Was he out of his depth at Manchester United or was he on a hiding to nothing at what has become a deeply dysfunctional club? Has he over-achieved at West Ham, or should they have sustained last season’s push for the top four?

Is Lampard destined for a similarly mixed, Moyesian career? Following a narrow escape from an unthinkable relegation last campaign, Lampard is still searching for a first Premier League victory in the 2022-23 season. If he is going to prove he belongs as a manager at this level, Everton should really be dispatching the likes of West Ham, where he began his playing career, at home. Team news and more will be coming right up.

Kick-off: 2.15pm

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2022/sep/18/everton-v-west-ham-premier-league-live

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