Saturday 07 November 2015
West Ham

West Ham host Everton in what is one of the most intriguing ties of the weekend in the Premier League.

The Hammers are looking to bounce back from last week’s 2-0 defeat at Watford, while the Toffees go into the game on the back of a brilliant 6-2 win against Sunderland.

The Boleyn Ground has been a good place for goals this season which should suggest another open game this weekend. Five of the last six games in East London have seen over 2.5 goals being scored, and Slaven Bilic, who played for both teams during his career, will be hoping his side maintain their record of scoring at least twice in their last four home games.

A victory here will see the Irons pick up their first consecutive home win since December last year, and they will be confident of doing so as they face an Everton backline that has been leaking goals on a regular basis.

The Toffees have conceded at least twice in their last three league games, and they will be without their captain Phil Jagielka for this one.

Ramiro Funes Mori will fill in for the England man at the back, and Andy Carroll could well be licking his lips as the Argentine was easily beaten in the air by Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher last week.

Despite their defensive record, the Merseysiders will go into the match with great confidence. Roberto Martinez’s men are unbeaten in 14 league games against the Hammers and have won 10 in that time.

They also ended a run of three games without a win with an emphatic 6-2 victory over Sam Allardyce’s strugglers last Sunday, with Arouna Kone scoring a hat-trick – he has five goals from just seven shots on target this term.

His attacking team-mate, Romelu Lukaku, has scored in all of his six appearances against the East London side.

Team News

James Collins is suspended for the home side with Winston Reid due to return at centre-back. Angelo Ogbonna is also available and could start, but Alex Song and Diafra Sakho are out and won’t return until after the international break.

Muhamed Besic and Tom Cleverly are doubtful for Everton, while Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo, Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar are definitely out.

League Position:  West Ham – 6th (20 pts); Everton – 9th (16 pts)
Last Meeting: West Ham 1-2 Everton, May 2015
Key Men: West Ham – Dimitri Payet; Everton – Romelu Lukaku
Form: West Ham – WDDWWL; Everton – DWDLLW
Shoot Says: West Ham 2-2 Everton

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