Everton vs West Ham, English Premier League, Matchday 29.
Kickoff: 15:00 GMT, Saturday, 5th March 2016.
West Ham look for a win to challenge the top four team of the league when they come against a confident Everton side on Saturday evening.
The Hammers hold firm to deny Tottenham in the midweek which took them just 1 point short of 4th placed Manchester City and suddenly their chances of Champions League qualification is looking bright.
While Everton have cruised past relegation candidates away from home with Kevin Mirallas stealing the show with a goal and an assist in the first half. They are currently 10th in the league and the have all to play for a place at Europa League next season.
Last Five Premier League Matches
West Ham: WWDLW
Everton will come into the match on the back of moderate form after having won three out of their last four matches. They have lost only twice in the last 8 matches.
Everton’s home form this season has been pretty poor and managed only 4 wins in 14 matches. Their last 7 home games have produced just 1 win, with 3 draws and 3 defeats.
West Ham are coming on the back of two consecutive wins in the league and their form in the last five Premier League games reads 3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss. They are also undefeated in their last three league games, however their recent away is pretty poor.
West Ham failed to win their last three away and they have only won once in the last nine games, with 4 draws and 4 defeats. Three out of their last four away matches have seen under 2.5 goals.
Everton: Team News
Tom Cleverley is ruled out for Everton due to illness and the excellent Kevin Mirallas could start in his place.
Tony Hibbert is ruled out for the rest of the season. Muhamed Besic, who is out with a hamstring injury since January 24th is close to a return, but can be ruled out against West Ham.
Everton: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Robles – Oviedo, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka – Barry, McCarthy – Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon – Lukaku.
West Ham: Team News
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic will be without seven first team players for the trip to Goodison Park as Diafra Sakho, Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien, Enner Valencia and Carl Jenkinson are out injured.
While young defender Sam Byram is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards and could be replaced by another youngster Reece Oxford.
West Ham: Predicted Lineup (4-3-3)
Adrian – Oxford, Cresswell, Collins, Ogbonna – Noble, Obiang, Lanzini – Payet, Antonio, Emenike.
Everton vs West Ham: Head-to-Head Stats
Everton are unbeaten in their last 18 matches against West Ham in all competitions, with 15 of those matches were in the Premier League.
Their last five meetings in the Premier League reads 4 wins and 1 draw for Everton. The last time West Ham have beaten Everton in a competitive fixture was in 2007, which stretch furter to 2005 for them to show a win at Goodison Park.
The first leg meeting of the season between the two sides finished in a 1-1 draw at Boleyn Ground, with goals from Lanzini and Lukaku coming in the first half.
Everton vs West Ham: Prediction
Everton have an incredible record against West Ham in past 10 seasons and they could be backed once again to come on top this term. West Ham are coming to this match after shutting down Tottenham in the midweek and generally do well against stronger sides in the league. At the same time, they look pretty ordinary against bottom half sides and this may work against them when coming against an Everton side who have a historical advantage over them.