West Ham Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton

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The Hammers face Ronald Koeman's Toffees knowing that a victory would move them level on points with 10th-placed Watford

West Ham are back on track. After a torrid run of results saw them drop perilously close to the relegation zone, they have taken four points from their last two games and now sit within touching distance of the top half.

A victory over Everton this weekend would move the Hammers to level on points with Watford in 10th, but they face a tough task this weekend, with Ronald Koeman's men harbouring ambitions of qualifying for Europe.

The Toffees are seventh and sit level on points with a slowly imploding Arsenal, though they have played two games more.


WEST HAM INJURIES


While Michail Antonio continues to be on the sidelines, Slaven Bilic will have been boosted by the return of Winston Reid to first-team training.

The defender has not played since sustaining an injury against Leicester City at the start of April but the Croatian revealed earlier this week that the New Zealand international is closing in on a return to action.

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“Winston Reid is back. He’s been training with the rehab and fitness coaches for a week now and they have done good work on his fitness, so he is back and trained with us on Tuesday," he said.

Aaron Cresswell is doubtful for the encounter, while Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna and Gokhan Tore are long-term absentees.

Slaven Bilic West Ham United


WEST HAM SUSPENSIONS


Mark Noble is suspended for the encounter, with this game being the last of his two-match suspension, while Sam Byram will also miss out after collecting two yellow cards against Sunderland.

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POTENTIAL WEST HAM LINE-UP


With Noble and Byram out, Bilic will be forced into a number of changes.

Cheikhou Kouyate has deputised effectively at right-back throughout this season and may well revert to that position, while Edimilson Fernandes is set to continue in central midfield after replacing Noble against Sunderland, and he is set to be partnered by Havard Nordtveit.

Robert Snodgrass will likely continue at No.10, while Andy Carroll should replace Diafra Sakho up front.

West Ham XI


EVERTON TEAM NEWS


Everton have been in fine form recently and still hope to qualify for Europe, despite having played two more games than nearest rivals Arsenal.

The Toffees last suffered defeat in the league to Liverpool on April 1 and have since drawn with Manchester United and beaten Leicester City and Burnley.

Everton, though, have a number of injury problems: Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aaron Lennon, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy are all set to miss the encounter.

Koeman will have Romelu Lukaku to rely on; the Belgian has scored 24 goals in 32 Premier League games this season.

Romelu Lukaku, Everton


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • West Ham have won only one of their last 17 Premier League games against the Toffees (D5 L11)

  • Romeu Lukaku has scored in each of his nine previous appearances against West Ham for Everton.

  • West Ham have been shown more red cards than any other Premier League team this season (5).


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


The game is due to kick off at 15:00 on Saturday, and will not be televised live in the UK. Highlights will be broadcast on Match of the Day at 22:20 on BBC One.

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