With no chance whatsoever to qualify for Europe, Sam Allardyce’s Everton have nothing to play for when they face West Ham United in the last game of the current domestic season. Fresh from a 1-1 draw against Southampton, the Toffees are unbeaten in their last five league games and the manager will want his side to finish the season on a strong note when they travel to London, to take on West Ham United, who are in a similar position to Everton.
David Moyes’ side will struggle to break into the top half of the table this season but they will also want to end the season with a win and playing at home, will believe that they can get the better of the Toffees in this game.
Moyes will want to prove a point against his former side but Allardyce seems to have found a working system at Goodison Park and will hope that it will give him all three points from this game. Here is the predicted lineup he might field for this tie:
In early team news, the manager is still without the services of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mason Holgate, Maarten Stekelenburg, Eliaquim Mangala, James McCarthy and Wayne Rooney, all of who are ruled out for this weekend. Theo Walcott is suffering from a calf strain and might not be risked for this clash but young Calvert-Lewin is back in the first team squad after a long absence.
Expected lineup (4-3-3)
Jordan Pickford has been effective at the back in recent games for Everton and should keep his place under the bar for this weekend. Phil Jagielka might be given a rest, as Ashley Williams will get his last chance to impress in this season. He will partner Michael Keane, who seems to have improved in the last few months.
Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines are regulars and deserve to start at right-back and left-back respectively.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye are the best options for these midfield roles for Allardyce. The duo have been superb in the last couple of games and will look to put in a similar performance to end the campaign.
They might be partnered with Tom Davies, who scored the late equaliser against Southampton, giving the youngster another chance in the first team.
Davy Klaassen is yet to get his Everton career started but came off the bench last weekend. He deserves to start this game on the right flank while Yannick Bolasie will add some width to the attack on the left flank for Everton.
Cenk Tosun has been in decent goalscoring form and should continue to lead the line for Everton.
Here is how they might line up: