The battle for The Top 6 continues.

Last updated: March 3, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Goodison Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLWWW
Away form: WWDWL
Last season: 2-1
Competition: The Premier League

West Ham United simply can’t perform well against The Toffees. The Hammers have won only 31 of 116 games against Everton in total. In comparison, Roberto Martinez’ team has won 60 matches against West Ham. Moreover, The Hammers haven’t recorded an away victory against The Toffees since 2005, when they beat Everton 2-1. Bobby Zamora scored the winning goal in the 67th minute of the game.

On the other hand, Roberto Martinez’ players have won only 1 of their last 7 Premier League matches at Goodison Park. In addition, they have kept a clean sheet on only 2 occasions in their previous 15 home matches. To compare, West Ham have also kept only 1 clean sheet in their last 5 away games and have won only 1 match.

Ross Barkley is one of the most consistent Everton players this season. The midfielder scored 4 goals in the Toffees’ last 5 games in all competitions. Barkley has scored 12 goals this season, which makes this campaign the most successful in the 22-year-old Englishman’s career. His partnership with Romelu Lukaku has resulted in 26 of Everton’s 46 goals in The Premier League.

Team News

Muhamed Besic has a hamstring problem. The Bosnian received the injury in the game against Swansea City. He’s played a part in 6 league matches this season.

Enner Valencia, who is one of the best West Ham United players this campaign, is suffering from an ankle injury. He can’t take part in the upcoming fixture.

West Ham’s captain, Winston Reid is injured again. He has a hamstring problem and won’t be selected by Slaven Bilic for the match against Everton.

Carl Jenkinson, James Tomkins and Joey O’Brien are the other injured players for The Hammers. So, the new signing Sam Byram will have to start again.

Quotes of the week

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “I don’t think that any manager is approaching FA Cup without trying to win the game. The FA Cup is massive.”

slaven bilic grinning Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “As long as the other lads do their jobs for him and keep clean sheets, Defoe is going to be our man that wins a lot of games for us.”

Expected line-ups:

Everton (4-2-3-1): Robles, Coleman, Baines, Stones, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Cleverley, McCarthy, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
Subs Howard, Oviedo, Kone, Pienaar, Jagielka, Mirallas, Deulofeu.
Injured: Hibbert, Browning, Besic.
Not available:
West Ham (4-3-3): Adrian, Byram, Collins, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Obiang, Song, Noble, Payet, Emenike, Antonio.
Subs Carroll, Cullen, Lanzini, Moses, Randolph, Kouyate, Oxford.
Injured: Jenkinson, O’Brien, Reid, Tomkins, Valencia.
Not available:

So far this season

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Everton this season West Ham this season
12 League Position 6
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 6 (5)
6-2 vs. Sunderland Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
4 (7) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (5)
6 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (4)
0-3 to Man United Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Tottenham
Lukaku (16) Top scorer Payet (7)
Deulofeu (8) Assist Leader Payet (5)
Y33, R2 Discipline Y38, R4
6 Failures to score 5
8 Clean Sheets 9
15 Both Teams to Score Games 16
15 Over 2.5 Games 14
11 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • Everton have scored at least 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches in all competitions. So, The Toffees are expected to score lots of goals against The Hammers.
  • West Ham United are lying in 6th position of the standings and they are just 4 points behind Manchester City (4th place).
  • Six of Everton’s 7 defeats in The Premier League were at Goodison Park. So, The Toffees aren’t very persuasive when playing at Goodison Park.
  • West Ham United recorded some impressive away victories this season (2-0 vs. Arsenal, 3-0 vs. Liverpool and 2-1 vs. Manchester City).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
07/11/15 The Premier League West Ham 1-1 Everton M. Lanzini 30′
16/05/15 The Premier League West Ham 1-2 Everton S. Downing 62′
13/01/15 The FA Cup West Ham (P)2-2 Everton E. Valencia 51′
06/01/15 The FA Cup Everton 1-1 West Ham J. Collins 56′
22/11/14 The Premier League Everton 2-1 West Ham R. Lukaku 26′