Everton v West Ham United: Premier League – live!

For West Ham, things can surely only get better. A winless, pointless and pretty worthless start to the season for a team that splashed out almost £100m on nine new signings this summer. Another defeat would usher in their worst ever start to a season. “Does the spending add pressure? No, no. We believe if you don’t spend the money, you cannot grow,” the manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “They have to perform as a team.” There are remnants of the David Moyes era and the fingerprints of Slaven Bilic, with the squad very much a mishmash of managers. Establishing something that resembles a team remains their biggest challenge and issue. At present, it feels a bit slapdash, with a much-changed back line just as unconvincing. None of Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena and co have exactly covered themselves in glory. In many ways, though, it is a problem that has troubled Everton too, a club still finding their feet under Marco Silva. Yet, they have made a decent start and slipping up on home soil against a badly out-of-sorts West Ham would renew a little nervous energy around Goodison Park. Team news will be upon us shortly, but Jack Wilshere will certainly not be involved after rolling his ankle.

Kick-off: 4pm (BST)

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