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Premier League

  • 12 May 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 39475

Everton - West Ham Preview: Moyes hopes to seal European place in penultimate Toffees match

After being chosen as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United, the 51-year-old will look to sign off at Goodison Park by beating the Hammers to clinch a top-six finish



Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar


Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien
Vaz Te, Noble, Diame, Jarvis

Phil Neville (knee) is the lone absentee from an otherwise full-strength Everton squad as David Moyes prepares to take charge of his final match at Goodison Park after he was chosen to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United on Thursday.

The 51-year is likely to stick with the same side that drew 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday for his penultimate game as Toffees boss, meaning Victor Anichebe should retain his place in attack ahead of Nikica Jelavic.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will once again be unable to call upon the services of defensive duo George McCartney (knee) and James Tomkins (calf), although the Hammers otherwise have a clean bill of health.

Joe Cole and Mark Noble are both vying for spots in midfield after returning to full fitness with Gary O'Neill set to make way after starting the previous 10 games in succession.

  • Everton haven't managed a victory in their penultimate match of the season since a 3-1 win vs West Ham in 2009.

  • Should he score on Saturday, top scorer Marouane Fellaini (pictured right) would reach 12 Premier League goals for the season - the same total he managed to accumulate across the last three campaigns.

  • Soon-to-depart manager David Moyes holds a 44% win percentage over West Ham in the Premier League and boasts a 47% overall success rate against Sam Allardyce.
  • West Ham have failed to win 12 of their last 13 Premier League games away from Upton Park. 

  • Andy Carroll has found the net with a third of his shots on goal this season (seven from 21).
  • The Hammers haven't tasted success at Goodison Park since beating the hosts 2-1 in December 2005.
  • When it comes to conceding in the opening 15 minutes of games this term Everton and West Ham (both 11) are joint leaders in the top-flight.

Players to watch

P. Jagielka

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The 31-year-old is the cornerstone of this Everton side and has become one of David Moyes' most trusted lieutenants during his reign at Goodison Park. And with guaranteed European qualification just one victory away the club require Jagielka's leadership to get them over the line as he gears up for a colossal aerial duel with Andy Carroll.

G. Demel

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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The Ivorian right-back has arguably been one of West Ham's most consistent performers this season but needs to be at the very top of his game on Sunday if he is to restrict the threat posed by Leighton Baines. It is an unenviable task for any defender and the 31-year-old will need to have his wits about him to keep the Liverpudlian quiet.

Editor's Prediction

One defeat in their last nine Premier League games puts Everton just three points away from securing a top-six finish and a return to European competition next season. That will undoubtedly be the pressing concern for David Moyes as he bids to bring the curtain down on 11 years at Goodison Park on a high note. And with the Toffees faithful keen to give him a roaring send-off it should spur the players on to overcome an improving West Ham side, cast as potential party poopers.

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