Everton will finally welcome back the attacking presence of Romelu Lukaku, who was fit last weekend but was ineligible to play parent club Chelsea. They Merseysiders now look too far adrift to challenge for 4th spot, but will need to keep the points coming if they would like to go into Europe at all. Their coming fixtures look promising but first they entertain an in-form West Ham at Goodison Park.
West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrián, Demel, Collins, Tomkins, McCartney, Noble, Taylor, Jarvis, Nolan, Downing, Carroll
West Ham United can also welcome back Andy Carroll after a three game suspension in an incident with Swansea’s Chico Flores. Surprisingly, without the big front man, The Hammers are currently on a four game winning streak and have shot up into 10th place – although nine points behind Southampton in 9th. But Big Sam will be confident of getting a result, with the West Ham defence only leaking one goal in their last five games.
— pablo escobar (@scouser_burnzy) February 27, 2014
— Rob Villa Hughes (@RV_Hughes23) February 26, 2014
@Adamc1583 Everton have a easy run now, apart from west ham
— Matthew (@mattdh1993) February 26, 2014
Leighton Baines scores TWO free kicks against the Irons in this fixture earlier this season.
It is no surprise that Everton’s goals have dried up of late without the Belgian powerhouse. Expect Romelu Lukaku to get on the score-sheet and get into double digits for the season.
Everton vs. West Ham United: An Alternative Preview
Everton have won seven and lost none of their last 11 Barclays Premier League meetings with West Ham.
Kevin Nolan has scored six goals in his last seven Barclays Premier League appearances.