West Ham United v Everton
David Moyes will be forced into making at least one change to the side that took to the field against Stoke last weekend as Marouane Fellaini serves the first game of his three-match ban. Phil Neville could miss out for the seventh successive match as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. Tony Hibbert recently went under the knife following a calf problem while Kevin Mirallas missed the last game with hamstring trouble.
Such are West Ham’s injury problems, Sam Allardyce only named six substitutes for their game at West Bromwich Albion last Sunday. Andy Carroll, Yossi Benayoun, Ricardo Vaz Te and Mohamed Diame are all expected to again be absent this weekend, although Jack Collison could be in with an outside chance of featuring after getting his first action of the season in an Under-21s game against Blackpool on Monday.
Last outing: 0-0 (a) West Bromwich Albion, Sunday 16 December
Last five: DLWLLD
West Ham have enjoyed a solid start to life back in the Premier League. As the halfway point in the season looms, the Hammers currently sit in 11th place, just four points behind Arsenal who occupy fifth position. Sam Allardyce has masterminded several impressive results at Upton Park this season with Chelsea, Southampton, Fulham and Aston Villa all returning home empty-handed from their visits to east London.
Last outing: 1-1 (a) Stoke City, Saturday 15 December
Last five: DDDWD
Everton take to the road for the second weekend in succession following the 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday. The Blues currently find themselves on a five-match unbeaten run and, indeed, have only lost twice in the league from their opening 17 matches. David Moyes’ side have scored in each of their last eight away games dating back to the middle of September.
Everton 2-2 West Ham United, 22 January 2011
Due to West Ham spending last season in the Championship, it’s been nearly two years since the two clubs last locked horns. The 34,179 fans in Goodison Park that afternoon witnessed an action-packed encounter with Marouane Fellaini rescuing a point for Everton deep in injury time. Jonathan Spector had given the Hammers a first-half advantage but this was cancelled out by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov’s 77th-minute equaliser. Frederic Piquionne looked to have won the game when he put the Londoners back into the lead five minutes before the end, though Fellaini had the last word when he smashed home from ten yards out with virtually the last kick.
Everton 6-0 West Ham United, 8 May 1999
Everton have handed out some real thrashings to West Ham over the years, notably a 4-0 win at Upton Park in February 2000 and a 5-0 thumping at Goodison Park in September 2001. However, the Blues’ biggest Premier League win over the Hammers came in May 1999 when Harry Redknapp’s side were hit for six. The game is best remembered for Kevin Campbell’s hat-trick, while Michael Ball, Don Hutchinson and Francis Jeffers were also on the scoresheet in what was the club’s final home match of the 1998/99 season.
Traditionally 22 December has not been a lucky date for Everton. The Blues have not won on this day in each of their last nine matches, a run which stretches back nearly 80 years to the 1934/35 season. Former inside-forward Wilf Chadwick, who played over 100 matches for Everton in the early 1920s, did score four goals in a 6-1 win over Manchester City on 22 December in 1923.
There have been a number of players who have represented both Everton and West Ham United down the years. These include David Unsworth, Tony Cottee, Don Hutchison, Mark Ward, Lars Jacobsen, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Slaven Bilic and Lucas Neill.
- Should Seamus Coleman line up against West Ham on Saturday he will be making his 50th league start for the Toffees.
- Everton are currently nine matches unbeaten against the Hammers.
- The Blues have scored in their last 14 top flight matches – their longest run since the formation of the Premier League in 1992.
- Saturday will be the 22nd managerial meeting between David Moyes and Sam Allardyce. They first faced each other whilst they were respective bosses of Preston North End and Notts County in May 1999.
Referee: A Taylor
Assistant Referee: G Beswick
Assistant Referee: S Long
Fourth Official: A D’Urso
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Live commentary of Saturday’s game at Upton Park will be available on evertonfc.com, with the broadcast starting shortly before kick-off at 3pm.
Our betting partner, Paddy Power, are offering some great odds on Saturday's game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 7/5
Draw half-time/Everton full-time: 5/1
Everton to win 3-1: 17/1
Phil Jagielka to score first: 25/1