West Ham United arrested their losing streak with a victory over Leicester City last weekend and followed it up with a hard-fought draw against Manchester United as they managed to cement their place in the 15th spot in the points table. The Hammers can break into the top half of the table with a win in the final game of the season, depending on the other results on the day.
They welcome Sam Allardyce’s Everton to London Stadium for the final game of the season and will hope to end it on a strong note. The Toffees are unbeaten in their last five games and did not have a game in the mid-week. They have nothing to play for but will settle for nothing less than three points but West Ham, playing at home, will believe that they can take something from this game. Here is the predicted lineup David Moyes might field for this tie:
Michail Antonio, Sam Byram and Winston Reid are all ruled out for this game. James Collins could yet be fit but Javier Hernandez is expected to miss out and will be the only other absentee for The Hammers.
Expected lineup (3-4-3):
Adrian has been preferred in the last few games by Moyes and is expected to keep his place under the bar this weekend. Angelo Ogbonna has been ever present at the back for West Ham and should start at the heart of the backline with Aaron Cresswell and Declan Rice playing on either side.
The trio has been effective recently and will be a tough nut to crack for The Toffees.
Mark Noble had an eventful night against Manchester United last weekend. He is expected to keep his place in the side alongside Chiekhou Kouyate, both of who have not been as consistent as their manager would have hoped over the season.
Arthur Masuaku did not last the whole game against The Red Devils and might keep his place on the left flank as a wing-back while Pablo Zabaleta remains the manager’s best option as a wing-back on the right flank.
Marko Arnautovic had a tough night against United earlier in the week and will look to put in a better performance this weekend. He will continue to lead the line for West Ham. Joao Mario has been a regular in the first team in the second half of the season and will start on the left wing in attack with Edimilson Fernandes getting a chance to make things happen on the right flank.
Here is how they might line up: