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Everton vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

The in-form side in the country travel to Goodison Park this weekend, hoping to establish their place in the top half – while Everton need three points to keep on the tails of Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United in the race for a Champions League place.


Team News

Everton have a host of injury worries, namely Romelu Lukaku, Lacina Traore and Phil Jagielka.

The Hammers may welcome back Andy Carroll, but Ricardo Vaz Te, Marco Boriello and Joey O’ Brien will miss out.

Key Statistics

Everton are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games against West Ham (winning 7 and drawing 4)

Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League games

West Ham have kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season with 13.

Everton have won just one game in their last five, while West Ham have won four, keeping 4 clean sheets in the process.

Key Players

Kevin Mirallas and Kevin Nolan

It’s a day for the Kevin’s at Goodison Park, with one of the two above in startling form: Kevin Nolan.

The former Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers man has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances. Before his recent goal scoring form, he had scored just 1 in 16 and was partial to a red card or two.

Mirallas vs Nolan stats
Mirallas vs Nolan stats

His Belgian opponent has been in strong form this season, scoring five goals and adding five assists to his name – creating 51 chances for his team-mates in the process.

Like Mirallas, Nolan has also notched five assists to his team’s cause – creating a total of 22 chances and 4 clear-cut chances.

After a scare with the relegation zone, West Ham sit in the top half, but Sam Allardyce will want to keep their fine form going until they’re truly out of the clutches of the relegation zone; with Nolan’s top form and Carroll returning back from injury, the Hammers will look to trouble Southampton in 9th, despite the Saints being 8 points ahead of the East Londoners.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 West Ham United

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