Everton's last 5 domestic results:Liverpool 4-0 EvertonEverton 2-1 Aston Villa
Everton v West Ham United
Saturday 1st March
Premier League Match Day 28
(Naismith, Mirallas)Tottenham 1-0 EvertonEverton 3-1 Swansea
- FA Cup
(Traore, Naismith, Baines Pen)Chelsea 1-0 EvertonWest Ham's last 5 domestic results:Chelsea 0-0 West HamWest Ham 2-0 Swansea
(Nolan x2)Aston Villa 0-2 West Ham
(Nolan x2)West Ham 2-0 Norwich
(Collins, Diame)West Ham 3-1 Southampton
(Jarvis, Cole, Nolan)
It's safe to say that Everton didn't do very well in their crunch fixtures for the top 4. A last minute goal from John Terry/Frank Lampard/Tim Howard/Margaret Thatcher extended an away run of 5 away games without victory which includes defeats to Tottenham and Liverpool in the previous 2 matches on the road. Everton have now just kept 1 clean sheet in 11 matches in the Premier League and have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 matches.
West Ham got out of the bottom half for the first time last week and looking at Everton's record against the bottom half clubs then that might be a slight blessing. Only West Ham themselves and Newcastle have taken less points against teams down there than Everton despite only losing one of those fourteen matches which came at home to Sunderland with ten men.
Possible Line Ups
To say West Ham's fortunes have turned around would be a disservice to them. Saturday's win from behind against Southampton was their 4th victory in a row having taken full advantage of 3 home games in 4 matches. Andy Carroll missed 3 of those victories due to his red card against Swansea City, he's set to return in this match. West Ham have picked up the same amount of points in their last 5 matches (13) as they did in the 16 matches before that.
West Ham are in good company in the form table which shows that they'll be a tough test for Everton on Saturday who are currently 14th in the form table. However, despite their Premier League title contending form, history suggests that this will be an uphill struggle. West Ham have won just once at Goodison Park (2005) in 17 Premier League matches.
Stats & Injuries
Everton are without long term injuries Arouna Kone
, Darron Gibson
and Bryan Oviedo
whilst Lacina Traore
is unlikely to feature with a hamstring problem. Romelu Lukaku and Antolin Alcaraz are both set to return. West Ham are without Joey O'Brien
who isn't back until next both whilst Ricardo Vaz Te
is also expected to miss out, Marco Boriello
is still a couple week from recovery