David Moyes takes on former club Everton this weekend as he looks to steer West Ham away from relegation danger.
The Hammers are currently hovering just above the Premier League drop zone by a single point and will want to bounce back from defeat to Sheffield United last time out.
Everton’s own mid-season appointment in Carlo Ancelotti has fared slightly better than his Scottish counterpart and has made steady progress to guide the Toffees up to 11th.
A win could see the Toffees climb into the top half of the table, but the capital club will be desperate to put points on the board themselves, with the threat of relegation looming.
Read on for West Ham vs Everton preview, predictions, TV coverage information, team news and more.
When is West Ham vs Everton and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: London Stadium
Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: West Ham vs Everton
19 October 2019: Everton 2-0 West Ham (Premier League)
30 March 2019: West Ham 0-2 Everton (Premier League)
16 September 2018: Everton 1-3 West Ham (Premier League)
13 May 2018: West Ham 3-1 Everton (Premier League)
29 November 2017: Everton 4-0 West Ham (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: West Ham (LLWWL) 6-10 Everton (WWLLW)
Ones to watch
West Ham: Mark Noble
In a game of such magnitude for the Hammers, Moyes will need leaders on the pitch and Noble certainly fits that description. The skipper looked revolutionised in the previous home match against Bournemouth, netting a brace, and fans will be hoping their long-serving midfielder can produce the goods again in front of what looks set to be a raucous home crowd.
Key stat: Mark Noble has lost more times to Everton than any other club outside the traditional ‘Big Six’ across his career (10).
Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
The 22-year-old frontman and Ancelotti have built up quite the working relationship since the Italian relocated to Goodison Park. He has transformed his game in the final third and has started to add more goals to his repertoire. With one eye perhaps on Euro 2020, Calvert-Lewin will be desperate to end his current three-game drought and put the Hammers to the sword.
Key stat: Dominic Calvert-Lewin is yet to score against West Ham in any of the four games he has faced them.
The biggest disappointment for Moyes will be another hip injury to first-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, who is expected to be out for the next few weeks. Darren Randolph has since returned to West Ham and could be in line for his second debut this weekend.
Elsewhere, Moyes will be sweating over the fitness of Felipe Anderson and Arthur Masuaku, who both sustained knocks at Bramall Lane, but the duo are tipped to pass a late fitness test.
Michail Antonio, who has been sidelined for the last three matches with a thigh injury, also faces a late fitness test, but Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere all remain out.
Predicted XI: Martin; Zabaleta, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Noble, Rice, Anderson, Fornals, Snodgrass; Haller.
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Richarlison has been ruled out for the trip to West Ham with a minor knee injury but should be okay for the Toffees’ next game. Alex Iwobi, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin also remain on the treatment tables indefinitely.
Predicted XI: Pickford; Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Digne; Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Walcott; Calvert-Lewin, Kean.
West Ham looked to have turned a corner after thrashing Bournemouth 4-0, but reverted to type against Sheffield Utd last Friday, so there is no telling which side will turn up on Saturday.
That said, the Hammers came up short against the Blades, a side well-drilled and acutely structured by Chris Wilder; and they face a similar proposition against Ancelotti. The Italian will keep Everton compact and frustrate the hosts. If they maintain their shape then they could pounce as the home side grows nervous.
Scoreline prediction: West Ham 1-2 Everton
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