Everton v West Ham UnitedEverton's last 5 matchesEverton 3-0 Newcastle United
Saturday 5th March 15:00
Premier League Match #28
(Lennon, Barkley Pen x2)Stoke City 0-3 Everton
(Lukaku Pen, Coleman, Lennon)Everton 0-1 West Brom Bournemouth 0-2 Everton
- FA Cup (Barkley, Lukaku)Aston Villa 1-3 Everton
(Funes Mori, Lennon, Lukaku)West Ham's last 5 matchesSouthampton 1-0 West HamNorwich 2-2 West Ham
(Payet, Noble)Blackburn 1-5 West Ham
- FA Cup (Moses, Payet x2, Emenike x2)West Ham 1-0 Sunderland
(Antonio)West Ham 1-0 Tottenham
Albeit with an underwhelming performance, Everton pushed Aston Villa even closer to their inevitable relegation during a midweek fixture which saw Everton improve on their already impressive away form this season, with a 3-1 victory at Villa Park. However, Everton have lost six times in the Premier League at home this season and they have won just four of their last 16 league fixtures at Goodison Park (D4, L8). West Ham are the visitors this weekend and Everton have beaten the Hammers 22 times since the Premier League started which is more than they've beaten any other side whilst the Toffees are unbeaten in their last 15 league matches against West Ham (W10, D5) and have scored in each of those matches as well. Romelu Lukaku notched his season tally up to 17 league goals in his last match and that equals his previous best in the Premier League whilst on loan at West Brom. The Belgian has scored a single goal in all seven of his appearances for Everton against West Ham.
Aaron Lennon and Mikhail Antonio have been in the sort of form over recent months which has led to murmurs of an England call-up in some quarters, with Lennon scoring four goals in six league matches since the turn of the year and Antonio scoring five goals and two assists in 11 league matches since Boxing Day. Lennon has scored in 31 Premier League matches during his career and he has never been on the losing side in any of those matches (W27, D4). Despite trailing on the goals and assists, It's actually the Everton man who leads in most of the attacking statistics with significantly better figures as far as dribbling is concerned whilst all nine of his shots in league fixtures have found the target. Despite being his lack of an assist, Lennon also creates a much higher amount chances than his West Ham counterpart. West Ham have won their last two fixtures with a 1-0 scoreline, both goals being scored by Antonio.
West Ham United
West Ham are certainly flying high this season and after putting an end to Tottenham's six league match winning streak with a 1-0 win at Upton Park in midweek, they are just one point off the Champions League places going into this weekend. West Ham started the season with some eye-catching wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home but the Hammers have won just one of their last nine Premier League away fixtures (D4 L4) which came in a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth. West Ham infamously have pretty poor record on Merseyside as they have won just three of their last 39 visits at Everton and Liverpool (D10, L26), though they did beat Liverpool 3-0 earlier this season, their first win at Anfield since 1963. It has only been 11 years since West Ham last tasted victory at Goodison Park and the Hammers have taken the lead in their last four meetings against Everton without winning the match outright (D3, L1), though they did go on to win on penalties in one of those instances.
West Ham sit 6th in the league table as we go into this fixture and Slaven Bilic's side have picked up seven more points than they had amounted at this stage of last season under Sam Allardyce, that is despite not much of a significant difference in terms of goals scored or goals conceded. There isn't much difference in the way of chances created either whilst the percentage of shots on target has actually taken a dip, though there's no way of knowing the quality of chances that are being created. The main difference probably comes in the possession stakes as although there's just a 3% swing in it, only Crystal Palace saw less of the ball at this stage of last season and West Ham also boast a better pass completion percentage this season (2% higher at 78%). One thing which looks certain to happen this season is that Bilic's side will finish with a positive goal difference which is an achievement as the Hammers have failed to end any of their previous Premier League campaigns with that feat.
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