Everton v West Ham
Phil Neville could make his Goodison Park farewell if he recovers from the knee injury which has kept him sidelined in recent weeks. Otherwise, David Moyes could have a fully fit squad to select from for his final home fixture in charge of Everton.
Full-back George McCartney is expected to miss out with a knee injury and centre-back James Tomkins is a doubt following a recent calf complaint. If Sam Allardyce names the same team that drew with Newcastle last time out then Ricardo Vaz Te will partner Andy Carroll in attack.
Last outing: Liverpool 0-0 Everton, 5 May 2013
Last six: DWDLWD
A win on Sunday would ensure the Blues finish with 42 home points this season – their best total at Goodison since the formation of the Premier League. Only Manchester City and Manchester United can boast a better home record this season. Anything less than a victory and Everton’s hopes of qualifying for Europe in 2013/14 will be extinguished, given that Tottenham currently hold a six-point advantage heading into the final two fixtures of the campaign.
Last outing: West Ham 0-0 Newcastle, 4 May 2013
Last six: DDDWLD
West Ham enter the remaining couple of fixtures knowing they are safe from relegation, with eighth position their highest possible finish. The Hammers’ strength this season has been at Upton Park where they have registered eight league victories, however their away form is less impressive having suffered 11 defeats on the road, most recently at Manchester City a fortnight ago.
West Ham United 1-2 Everton, 22 December 2012.
Everton delivered the perfect early Christmas present by serving up a turnaround 2-1 win over West Ham. The Blues had a Leon Osman header controversially disallowed before going a goal down to Carlton Cole's first-half strike. But Everton equalised through the returning Victor Anichebe in the second half and secured a winner through Steven Pienaar 18 minutes before full-time. Late on there were straight red cards for Darron Gibson and Cole, however both these decisions were later rescinded.
Everton 5-0 West Ham United, 29 September 2001.
The Blues ended a three-game Premier League losing streak in fine style by thumping West Ham at Goodison Park in September 2001. Walter Smith’s side recovered from the early blow of losing Paul Gascoigne through injury by going into the interval one-goal ahead through Kevin Campbell’s injury-time strike. After half-time, Everton were rampant as an own goal from former Everton star Don Hutchison and finishes from Thomas Gravesen, Steve Watson and £4.5million debutant Tomasz Radzinski completed the thrashing.
1) Everton have won seven of their last eight final home league fixtures. Last season the Blues signed off from Goodison Park with a 3-1 victory against Newcastle United.
2) Everton are 10 matches unbeaten against West Ham, six of which have been victories. Their last loss against the Hammers was a 1-0 reverse at Upton Park in April 2007.
3) Tim Howard is looking for 101st clean sheet on Sunday after reaching a century at Anfield last weekend. Last weekend’s stalemate also saw Seamus Coleman make his 100th appearance in a Blue shirt.
Everton have only ever played once previously on May 12 – a 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers in 1984. 20,679 spectators were present at Goodison Park to see Graeme Sharp net a brace after Adrian Sharp had also registered. The Londoners’ solitary strike came courtesy of Gary Micklewhite.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, who has made nine appearances for the Blues this year, spent one season at Upton Park during the Hammer’s ill-fated relegation season of 2010/11. Other players to have represented both clubs include David Unsworth, Tony Cottee, Don Hutchison, Mark Ward, Lars Jacobsen, Slaven Bilic and Lucas Neill.
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistant referee: D Richards
Assistant referee: R West
Fourth official: S Attwell
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Our official online betting partner Paddy Power are offering a range of odds on Sunday’s game. Here's our pick of the best:
Everton to win: 8/15.
Everton to win 2-1: 13/2.
Leon Osman to score the only goal of the game: 45/1.
Everton to win and Leighton Baines to score at any time: 11/2.
Draw half-time/Everton full-time: 16/5.