Premier League: Everton vs West Ham United match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Premier League fixture at Goodison Park

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Everton will be seeking their fifth straight win against the Hammers when the two teams meet on Saturday.  The Merseyside club come into this game unbeaten in their last four which has seen them pick up maximum points against Aston Villa and Burnley as well as two draws against Swansea and Sunderland.

The Toffees are in good form having conceded only two goals in their last four games. West Ham have conceded four in their last four games but haven’t lost since their trip to Old Trafford back in September.

The Hammers remarkable start this year sees them currently occupy the final Champions League spot in fourth place, their joint best start to a Premier League season; but having not beating the Toffees in their last 13 attempts, the odds are against them.

Sam Allardyce will be hoping his star signing Diafra Sakho, who has seven goals in eight appearances, is fit enough to play; having not featured for Senegal in midweek due to injury. Should the striker not be fit, Allardyce may be forced into giving Andy Carroll his first Premier League start of the season.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Everton 1 (Lukaku) West Ham 0, Premier League, March 2014

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

STATS…

Despite back-to-back clean sheets in their two most recent league games at Goodison Park, the Toffees have conceded the highest tally of goals at home in the league – 11.

Only West Ham (eight) have scored more headed goals than Everton (six) in the Premier League this season.

There have been four red cards in the last five Premier League games between these clubs, with three of those for the Hammers.

West Ham have scored more goals on the road (11) than at Upton Park (eight) this season.

ODDS…

Everton to win: 0.85

West Ham to win:  3.5

Draw: 2.70

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.20pm

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