West Ham and Everton have much in common. In the boardrooms of the London Stadium and Goodison Park, they dream of a Premier League where their clubs are part of the elite. At the moment they have more ambition than expectation.

Before the season, these teams imagined themselves on the tailcoats of the big six. They have similar pretensions about playing entertaining football. On Wednesday West Ham travel north with both sides stuck in the bottom six. Relegation is a very real fear.

It is ironic that David Moyes is back at Goodison for such an important game so early in his new job. The West Ham manager spent 11 years on Merseyside and made his reputation with Everton.

But the stable place that Moyes knew is unrecognisable from the chaotic mess it has become. The club who style themselves as ‘the School of Science’ could well end up with Sam Allardyce in charge. They will be both amused and sympathetic in the East End if that happens.

Everton offer Moyes the perfect opportunity to grab some desperately needed points. A victory on Wednesday is vital as December starts with a…

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