Premier League: Everton v West Ham United match preview
A look ahead to this weekend’s fixture at Goodison Park
Friday 28 February 2014
West Ham travel to Merseyside on the back of four consecutive league wins, brimming with confidence.
Currently sitting seventh in the league, the Toffees’ share the same number of points with their former manager's current side, Manchester United.
After losing Marouane Fellaini at the beginning of the season, manager Roberto Martinez has found a stable central midfield partnership by bringing in his former Wigan player James McCarthy and securing Gareth Barry on loan for the season. The two midfielders have combined to provide the team with four assists and three goals while playing at home. Though Martinez is without both his league top scorer Romelu Lukaku and new addition Lacina Traore third choice striker Steven Naismith has managed to score in his last two home appearances.
The return of captain Kevin Nolan has boosted the West Ham's performances in February. Nolan has increased his goal tally to seven and the Premier League veteran has contributed five goals in the team’s last four wins.
Though West Ham have only managed to win three times playing away from home, two have been since the onset of the New Year. The Hammers maybe enjoying their best run of form at the moment, but a well organised defiant Everton side may spoil the party on Saturday denying Big Sam and his team a chance to win five games on the trot.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3.00pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS
West Ham 2 (Morrison, Noble) Everton 3 (Baines 2, Lukaku), Premier League September 2013
Everton 2 (Mirallas 2) West Ham 0, Premier League, May 2013
West Ham 1 (Cole), Everton 2 (Anichebe, Pienaar), Premier League, December 2012
Everton have lost at home only once this season, 1-0 against Sunderland in December 2013.
West Ham conceded only one goal in the league in all of February.
Everton have not lost to West Ham in the Premier League since the 2006/07 season.
Everton to win: 1.5
West Ham to win: 7.5
TV: Highlights: Saturday, 10.30pm on BBC 1
Latest in Sport
Phil Jagielka: I may never win back England place, says Everton defender
Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
Rio Ferdinand mocks Jamie Carragher's Liverpudlian accent... but Liverpool man hits back at Londoner
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Just like Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United, Gareth Bale says he hopes to return to Tottenham 'one day'
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 Friends 20th anniversary: The highs and lows of the cast's careers since 2004
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes