Everton Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 21 Apr 2017 17:33:00
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After moving up the Premier League table, despite a 2-2 draw at Sunderland last weekend, West Ham United will hope to build on that by claiming their second consecutive home win when Everton visit Stratford on Saturday afternoon.

West Ham's last league victory on their own turf against the Toffees came in April 2007 and the Hammers will be desperate to see if their luck will change now that they have moved to new surroundings.

If they do extend their unbeaten run to three matches, they could climb further, given that there are only three other encounters taking place on the day.

Slaven Bilic earned a 1-1 draw against his former club in the corresponding fixture last season, so he will be desperate to see the hosts reach the all important safety mark with three points.

In contrast to their home form, Everton have only won four times on their travels this campaign and whilst they'll be looking for the win to secure European qualification for next season, the Irons will go in search of revenge after Ronald Koeman's men beat them 2-0 back in October.

Aaron Cresswell and Winston Reid are both back in contention, which could mean changes in defence. Creswell is likely to replace Arthur Masuaku at left back and after scoring their second goal on Wearside, James Collins may lose his place in the centre.

Masuaku could still be involved though,as Sam Byram is suspended, due to being sent off against the Black Cats last time out.

Edimilson Fernandes is in line for consecutive starts in midfield, while Havard Nordtveit is hoping to be involved again after coming off the bench against the league's bottom club.

Diafra Sakho may be given his first start at West Ham's new home, as Andy Carroll suffered a groin injury at The Stadium of Light. If he is not fit enough however, then either Jonathan Calleri or André Ayew could come in upfront.

Once again, the visitors will be without Enner Valencia, who can't play against his parent club, due to Premier League rules regarding loan players.

Saturday's match is a 3pm kick-off and the referee is Roger East.


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