Everton have enjoyed more success over West Ham than any other team in the Premier League era, a record they will be aiming to continue as they look to enter the top half with a win against the in-form visitors.
The Toffees are unbeaten in the last 15 matches between the two teams – with their last defeat in this fixture coming in 2007 – and have won 22 Premier League games against West Ham in all.
However, their home form this season has not been altogether impressive; they have won just four times in 14 matches on their own turf, and six teams have left Goodison Park with all three points.
Toffees winger Aaron Lennon comes into the game in good form, with four goals in his last six games. Remarkably, the former Tottenham man has never lost a Premier League game in which he has scored, winning 27 and drawing four.
West Ham put a dent in Spurs’ title hopes in midweek with a 1-0 win, with Michail Antonio again finding the scoresheet despite starting in an unfamiliar wing-back role; however, the former Nottingham Forest man is yet to score on the road, with all 10 of his goals coming on home soil.
The Hammers sit just a point off the Champions League spots, and their tally of 20 points from their last 10 games is bettered only by Tottenham; there is now a serious chance that the Olympic Stadium could be hosting European matches next term.
West Ham’s early away form gained headlines as they picked up victories at Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City, but more recently they have struggled on the road, picking up just one win from their last nine games on their travels.
Everton have doubts over the fitness of Bryan Oviedo and Tom Cleverley, but Leighton Baines is fit to play despite news that he will see a specialist about his ankle problem. Muhamed Besic and Darron Gibson should be fit to take their place in midfield.
West Ham’s defensive injury woes worsened this week with the news that James Collins will miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury. The Welshman joins Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien and Sam Byram on the sidelines. Mark Noble will become the first West Ham player to reach 250 Premier League apperances.
League Position: Everton – 11th (38 pts); West Ham – 6th (46 pts)
Previous Meeting: West Ham 1-1 Everton (November 7, 2015)
Form: Everton – DLWWLW; West Ham – DWLDWW
Key Men: Everton – Aaron Lennon; West Ham – Michail Antonio
Shoot Says: Everton 1-2 West Ham