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‘Are getting harder’ – Sutton and Merson agree on key Everton change ahead of West Ham clash

Pundits Paul Merson and Chris Sutton disagree on what Everton will do when they host West Ham in the Premier League this weekend, writes the Liverpool Echo.

After the Blues had their game away at Arsenal postponed last weekend following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, they return to action on Sunday at home to West Ham. Both teams have so far collected four points out of a possible 18 this season, although Frank Lampard ‘s side currently sit two places above the visitors in the table on goal difference.

The Hammers beat Everton both home and away last season, although pundits can’t agree on what will happen this time around.

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa star Sutton says it’s difficult to call, but expects David Moyes’ side to edge it by just a single goal.

He told BBC Sport: “This game has got draw written all over it – which is why I am going for a different outcome altogether! You could argue both teams have been a bit unlucky not to have more points on the board so far – West Ham in particular were on the wrong end of a terrible VAR decision in their defeat by Chelsea last time out.

“Everton are still looking for their first league win of the season, although there was not much wrong with their performance against Liverpool in their last game, and they are becoming a difficult team to beat. A win would kickstart the season for both sides, and I think it is the Hammers who will get it. They beat Everton home and away last season, and I’m going for a repeat result – just about.”

Merson hasn’t been impressed with West Ham’s start to the season, with just one win and one draw so far along with four losses. After the Blues earned a 0-0 draw last time out in the league against Liverpool, the former Arsenal man is expecting the same again when the London club travel to Merseyside.

He told Sportskeeda: “Everton are getting harder to beat and they got a great result against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby – they just have to hang in there and keep fighting it out to get points on the board.

“West Ham United haven’t had the best start to the season and have been really hard to predict, so I think this game will end all square.”