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West Ham - Everton Preview: Hammers looking for second win of festive period as Mikel Arteta returns for Toffees

West Ham - Everton Preview: Hammers looking for second win of festive period as Mikel Arteta returns for Toffees

TEAM NEWS

West Ham


Following the 3-1 win against Fulham on Boxing Day, Avram Grant has no new injury concerns for the visit of Everton to Upton Park.

The Hammers boss will look to keep faith with the same 11 that started the game at Craven Cottage, although Victor Obinna could force himself back into the team after starting on the bench.

However, Grant will continue to be without defender Manuel Da Costa and midfielders Mark Noble, Jack Collison and Thomas Hitzlsperger, who are all sidelined until the new year with injuries.

Possible starting XI: Green; Ben-Haim, Tomkins, Upson, Gabbidon; Sears, Kovac, Parker, Stanislas; Cole, Piquionne.

Everton

Meanwhile, Everton’s game was postponed against Birmingham, so manager David Moyes will have a fresh set of players to choose from for the game against the Hammers.

However, the Toffees boss will be without striker Victor Anichebe who is suspended after seeing red in the 2-1 win against Manchester City, while defender Phil Jagielka is out with a thigh strain.

Midfielders Leon Osman and John Heitinga will also miss the trip to Upton Park with knee and ankle injuries respectively.

But Moyes will be boosted by the return of Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta who has now served his three-match suspension.

Possible starting XI: Howard; Neville, Hibbert, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Fellaini; Cahill; Saha.

Hammers looking for momentum


West Ham recorded only their third league win of the season against Fulham on Sunday, and their first away from Upton Park for 16 months, and no doubt boss Avram Grant will be looking for another inspired performance in front of the home fans against Everton.

Despite the victory at Craven Cottage, the Hammers are still in the relegation zone on 16 points, but it provided the east London club with a much needed boost to give them some momentum going into the second game of the important festive period.

But the Hammers do not have a good record against the Toffees having lost 2-1 in the corresponding fixture last season.

Toffees looking to extend away record


Everton head into this fixture having not lost in seven games on the road, the most recent being a 2-1 victory against Manchester City. The Toffees have also only failed to score once in their last 11 Premier League games, so goals could be aplenty.

And Everton fans will be optimistic heading into this fixture as the Merseyside club have an excellent record over the Hammers, having won seven of 15 games at Upton Park, with only four draws and four defeats in the process.

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Players to watch

S. Parker

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The central midfielder has been at the heart of the team and has even been described as the "life and soul" of everything West Ham have achieved so far this season. The former Chelsea man always gives 100 per cent for the Hammers cause and is not afraid to put tackles in.

However, boss Avram Grant will know he faces a fight to keep the midfielder at Upton Park, which could signal the end of the Hammers' survival hopes.

T. Cahill

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Australian has often switched from a midfielder to striker this season, as Everton continue to have problems up front.

However, the former Millwall player has been effective leading the line for the Toffees, having scored nine goals so far this season, the most recent being the opening goal in the victory over big spenders Manchester City at Eastlands.

Editor's Prediction

With the Hammers beating Fulham and securing their first win away from home this season, I feel that the momentum is with them heading into this fixture. Despite Everton having a good away record, Avram Grant’s men will know that every home game will be crucial if they are to turn their season around and climb away from the bottom of the table.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

West Ham United

Everton

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

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