Everton put in the performance of the week with an impressive 6-2 win over struggling Sunderland on the last match day. They travel to Upton Park for their next fixture to face West Ham who were stunned by Watford. Having garnered 11 points in the last 6 games from a possible 18 compared to Everton’s 8, West Ham are in better form, but will need to steady the wobbling ship to harbour any hope of European Football.
West Ham will be without the services of James Collins who serves his suspension for the sending off against Watford, while enforcer Alex Song is still recovering from an ankle injury. We expect manager Biilc to go in with a central pairing of Reid and Tomkins against the Toffees.
The injury to Phil Jagielka means that Funes Mori will be paired alongside the solid John Stones. The club will also be without Bryan Oviedo who suffered a Hamstring injury against Sunderland. That means Galloway will be in the mix on Saturday evening deputising for the injured Oviedo.
- This will be the 123rd meeting between these two teams in all competitions. Everton have been the better side in the past winning an impressive 62 fixtures compared to West Ham’s 33.
- The last time West Ham won at home against Everton was in the 2006-07 season. Incidentally, it is also the last time West Ham won against the Toffees in all competitions.
Adrian, Jenkinson, Tomkins, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Noble, Lanzini, Payet, Moses, Carroll.
Howard, Coleman, Funes Mori, Stones, Galloway, Barry, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku
Payet has largely determined West Ham’s fortunes this season. While he has pulled off some incredible performances over the course of the league so far and the Hammers seem to suffer the most when the Frenchman struggles. The midfielder has created a total of 43 chances apart from finding the back of the net on 5 occasions. And let’s not forget there’s more to his game than just attacking as he showcased with his industrious displays off the ball.
In Barry and McCarthy, he will have a midfield duo that can prove to be a handful and will need to operated between the lines to split open this Everton side.
Let’s be honest with you. The world adores the strikers, but we also love our engine, the midfielders. And at this moment, there aren’t many engines operating as smoothly as Ross Barkley. Yes, he might not be scoring a worldie fro outside the box, but he is definitely doing his fare share of work in the middle of the park for his side.
Barkley has shown an all round ability, contributing to the attack as well as defence. He will need to continue with his all round showing to help Everton take a positive result away from Upton Park
Everton come into the game on the back of an impressive win while West Ham seem to have stepped off the gas over the last few match days. We believe that Everton will end this game a better side winning the game 2-1.