Martinez Expecting Fired-Up Hammers

by Rob Urbani
@Everton

Roberto Martinez is expecting to face a fired-up West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.

Since the turn of the year, the Hammers’ form has dipped and they have won just two of their last 14 Premier League games.

However, Martinez says Sam Allardyce’s side – who the Blues have already faced three times this season – will want to end their home campaign on a high.

And the Everton boss is wary that his team will have to combat that.

He said: “There are many reasons why they haven’t been able to carry on with the level they showed in the early five to six months of the competition. But I do know that on their day, West Ham can get that dynamic approach and I do expect in their last home game of the season they will be at their very best.

“West Ham are not a team that sit back and defend, which would make it easier to be consistent over 10 months. 

“The way that they played earlier on in the season was full of energy and very dynamic, with new players. They had some foreigners who arrived new to the Premier League and sometimes after 20 to 25 games there can be a dip in performances.”

Martinez says the contest also takes on extra significance in the race to finish in the top 10.

The Londoners currently have three points more than Everton and a better goal difference.

“It is a direct competition if you want to get into that tenth position,” he continued.  “It will be a really tight and really competitive game.”

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