West Ham United have once again picked up the pace after a sluggish few weeks in the Premier League. The Hammers have earned four points from their last two league games and have a chance to go joint tenth in the league table alongside Watford with a win over Everton on Saturday. Both sides are on a good run currently with the game at the Olympics stadium expected to produce goals.
Everton and West Ham have a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s showdown but have shown in recent weeks that their bench strength is decent enough. Romelu Lukaku has scored in his last nine games against the Hammers while Slaven Bilic’s side have won just one matches against the Toffees in the last 19 attempts. On that note, let’s take a look at the predicted West Ham United lineup (4-2-3-1) in their home game against Everton.
Darren Randolph has effectively kept out Adrian from the playing eleven and will continue to start as the number one custodian for the home side.
With Sam Byram out with a suspension after receiving two yellow cards against Sunderland, Cheikhou Kouyaté will be deployed as the right-back on Saturday. The good news for West Ham is that centre-back Winston Reid is back in training but the game against Everton has come a bit early for the New Zealand international. He will be on the bench while the home side will play the pairing of James Collins and Jose Fonte again as the central defenders. With Aaron Creswell still doubtful, Arthur Masuaku will play as the left back for the Hammers.
Mark Noble is still suspended while Pedro Obiang is a long-term absentee for West Ham. This leaves Edmilson Fernandes and Havard Nordtveit to play in the centre of the field.
Robert Snodgrass will continue his role in the number 10 role with Manuel Lanzini and Andrew Ayew surrounding him on the flanks.
Bilic has quite a few walking wounded and the latest, (not so surprising name), to be added to that list is Andy Carroll. The Englishman picked up a groin strain in the last game and is expected to sit out against Everton.
We’re still unsure if Diafra Sakho is fit or not as he didn’t feature in the last game. If he fails to make it in time, we could see Jonathan Calleri leading the line for the Londoners.