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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05



Goodison Park | 1st March 2014 15:00 | Attendance - 38286

Everton v West Ham United

Team News
Roberto Martinez has revealed Phil Jagielka will miss the game against West Ham United with a hamstring problem.

The Blues' captain will also be unavailable for England's friendly against Denmark next week.

Martinez said at his weekly press conference: “Phil Jagielka has felt his hamstring a little bit over the last two days. He is going to be missing the game at the weekend and obviously he is going to be missing from being available for England.
"I don’t think it’s going to be a long-term injury but Phil is going to be missing for a couple of weeks.

"We informed the FA about the little problem Phil has so they had that information in view of them being due to announce the squad."
John Stones and Antolin Alcaraz are potential replacements for Jagielka, with the Paraguayan confirmed as fit.

Romelu Lukaku will be back in the squad after an ankle injury and being ineligible to face parent club Chelsea.

"Alcaraz and Lukaku are both fine," explained Martinez. "Romelu could have made the Chelsea squad and Antolin is working really well.

"The long-term absentees, Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo are out.
"Lacina Traore got injured in the warm-up against Chelsea and today we are going to find out exactly what route we are going down in terms of the best possible treatment.
"We have been talking with his parent club to determine what’s the best way to approach the injury."

Romelu LukakuLukaku is set to return to the Everton squad this Saturday after a month on the sidelines.

Andy Carroll is set to return to the West Ham squad after completing a three-game suspension for a dubious sending-off against Swansea City.
But Sam Allardyce may opt to stick with Carlton Cole in attack after the former Chelsea man netted in the Hammers’ 3-1 win over Southampton last weekend.
Full-back Joey O’Brien [shoulder] and forward Marco Borriello [hamstring] are both expected to miss out.
Everton enter Saturday’s contest having won 11 of their 15 home games this season in all competitions.
The Blues have a 100 per cent record at Goodison since the turn of the year having seen off Queens Park Rangers, Norwich, Aston Villa and Swansea.
West Ham travel to Merseyside on the back of four straight Premier League victories during February.
Sam Allardyce’s side recovered from a dismal January to take 12 points from 12 available – results which have now elevated them into the top half of the table.
Despite their recent revival, the Hammers are still vulnerable on the road. They have won just three times away from Upton Park all season, losing six matches and drawing four in the top-flight.
Hammers captain Kevin Nolan has netted five goals in his last four games, taking his total for the season to seven.
Last Meeting
A brilliant brace of Leighton Baines free-kicks and a fairytale debut goal for Romelu Lukaku secured Everton a dramatic win at West Ham when the two sides met last in September.
The Toffees weren't ahead until the last five minutes with two sensational second-half free-kicks from Baines equalising Ravel Morrison's deflected opener and then Mark Noble's penalty.

Baines West HamBaines celebrates one of his two goals at Upton Park earlier this season.
Noble had seen red for the foul which led to the second leveller, meaning the Hammers were a man short when Lukaku rose to plant a header powerfully into the net – with the Belgian knocking himself unconscious in the process.
Kevin Mirallas grabbed a brace to seal a 2-0 win for Everton the previous time West Ham visited Goodison Park in May last season.
After the game, Goodison Park said goodbye to David Moyes, who had announced a few days earlier that he would be leaving the Blues after 11 years to take up the managerial reins at Manchester United.

What's Happening At Goodison

Evertonians from around the world will take part in a special flag parade at Goodison Park ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham United.
Each of the Club’s official supporters’ clubs have been invited to attend the visit of the Hammers, with the opportunity for two representatives to parade flags bearing their club’s name around the stadium.
After displaying their flags, they will provide a guard of honour to welcome the two teams before kick-off.
Supporters’ club branches from as far afield as Barcelona, Australia and Norway will be represented in the celebratory parade, alongside those from Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Harrogate, Wallasey, Plymouth, the Midlands, the North East and various other locations.
In addition, 10 clubs have been chosen at random to nominate a lucky mascot to accompany the Everton players at kick-off.
Junior fans from the clubs of Mid-Wales, Birkenhead, Cumberland, the South Coast, South Wales, the Midlands, Milton Keynes, Gwynedd, the Walnut Blues and the West Country Blues will all proudly don a t-shirt bearing the name of their Supporters’ Club and walk onto the pitch with their first-team heroes.

Before the game, all Evertonians can soak up the atmosphere in the popular Fan Zone, where the Bluenose Brass Band will perform a selection of classic Everton songs, along with local singer and keen Blues fan Gary Barker.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878*. Alternatively, visit the Park Box Office at Goodison Park, Everton Two in Liverpool One or TicketQuarter in Queen Square.


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