Everton vs West Ham: Four key battles

Everton’s Premier League clash with West Ham on Sunday is Football FanCast’s Fixture in Focus this week, for one main reason – the fact we simply can’t choose between these two sides.

On paper, the Toffees and the Hammers boast almost equal quality, with plenty of Premier League experience and one talismanic entity (Dimitri Payet and Romelu Lukaku) apiece.

Likewise, their seasons thus far have been almost perfect negative images of each other; the Hammers starting poorly before redeeming themselves with three straight wins across all competitions, the Merseysiders looking like potential top four candidates until a run of five without victory.

Consequentially, Sunday’s 1.30pm kickoff will be as close an encounter as you’ll see in the Premier League this weekend.

And rather than any form of inspiration from the dugout, such affairs usually boil down to which side goes on to dominate their individual battles. With that in mind, we¬†have taken a look at four that will likely decide the result on Sunday…