'Take Goodison Form On The Road'

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Ronald Koeman wants his Everton side to replicate their great home form on the road in the final three away fixtures, starting this weekend against West Ham United.

The Blues are flying at Goodison Park having won eight straight top-flight matches but it’s only three victories in the last 13 away from Merseyside.

It’s a statistic Koeman wants to address with trips to Swansea City and Arsenal still to follow after the Toffees’ first-ever match at the London Stadium on Saturday.

However, in the previous away match at Old Trafford, Everton were only denied a win by a stoppage-time equaliser from the penalty spot by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

“We need a good away performance because I still think there is a little difference in the way we play, like to press and how we like to make it difficult for our opponents,” Koeman told evertontv. “We need to show that this weekend.

“It’s all about the attitude and having that in the same way when we play at home and away. Of course, it’s going to be slightly different because at Goodison we have the backing of 39,000 home fans. When those fans are against you [in an away game], that makes a difference.

“But we need to start well, start aggressive and try to score. We need a little bit more of that mentality away from home.” 

Whereas Everton’s home form this season has been exceptional - 40 points recouped from a possible 51 - West Ham’s fortunes have not been as favourable.

Slaven Bilic’s side have lost more league games than they have won since moving to the London Stadium - seven defeats compared to six wins, with three draws too.

“They [West Ham] are still fighting to get enough points so they are not in the battle for relegation out of the Premier League,” Koeman added. 

“They have struggled a little bit and because it’s a new stadium, maybe they don’t feel as comfortable as they did at their old stadium. Maybe that’s a reason they don’t have those home performances that everyone expected.”

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