The Premier League returns this weekend as West Ham United host Everton at the London Stadium for Saturday's evening kick off.
Both sides went into the international break with a victory after a mixed run of form, with the Hammers earning a dramatic three points in injury time against Huddersfield Town thanks to a brace from Javier Hernandez.
Everton comfortably beat Chelsea by two goals to nil at Goodison Park last time out but the Toffees haven't registered back-to-back wins since January. However, Marco Silva's fortunes may be changing after picking up three clean sheets in four games.
With seven games remaining, both teams are still in with an outside shout of the final Europa League qualification spot and a win for Manuel Pellegrini could see West Ham jump straight into seventh place.
Check out 90min's preview of Saturday's clash below.
Where to Watch
|When Is Kick Off?||Saturday 30 March|
|What Time Is Kick Off?||17:30 BST|
|Where Is It Played?||London Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport 1|
The hosts have no fresh injury concerns after the international break but Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere are all still sidelined until at least the end of April.
Manuel Lanzini recently returned from a knee injury and was fit enough to be selected for Argentina but the midfielder was an unused substitute for both fixtures, while Paraguayan defender Fabian Balbuena also turned out for his country for the full 90 minutes after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Jack Wilshere for West Ham in all competitions this season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 20, 2019
5 games played
洛 30 games missed through injury
The annual injury conundrum. pic.twitter.com/pi7cHRWHMe
Everton suffered a blow on Tuesday as centre-back Yerry Mina suffered a muscular injury against South Korea and the 24-year-old is expected to be out for up to three weeks.
Turkish striker Cenk Tosun has struggled for goals this season but after a brace against Moldova on Monday, the £27m man may be in line for a starting berth in London on Saturday.
|West Ham United||Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Antonio, Noble, Rice, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic|
|Everton||Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin|
Head to Head Record
Despite having a far superior record overall, Everton have lost the last two fixtures against West Ham - a 3-1 defeat on both occasions - with the Hammers earning the three points in the reverse fixture in September.
The Toffees haven't won away from home against West Ham since 2015 when an injury-time winner from Romelu Lukaku clinched the victory in the penultimate game of the season.
West Ham once went eight years without a win over Everton between 2007 and 2015 but have since got the better of their bogey team on three occasions.
Pellegrini has guided the Hammers to three wins from their previous five but the away defeat to Cardiff City earlier this month has blotched the form book.
Captain Mark Noble is in surprising goalscoring form of late with three goals in his previous six matches, all from the penalty spot, while striker Javier Hernandez also built on his brace against Huddersfield with a goal for Mexico during the international break.
Chicharito: “I want to try to get West Ham to seventh position and into Europe – that’s the most important thing in our minds and if I keep playing as many minutes as I can and help with assists, goals and performances that’s my goal in the last games we have left.” pic.twitter.com/xUXezbz83K— West Ham News (@whufc_news) March 27, 2019
Everton's win over Chelsea a fortnight ago will have lifted the mood around Goodison after the shock 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United the previous week, but after a recent run of six defeats in eight games, Marco Silva will be hoping to gain some momentum for the final stretch of this Premier League season.
Here's how each team has performed in their last five fixtures:
|West Ham United||Everton|
|West Ham 4-3 Huddersfield (16/3)||Everton 2-0 Chelsea (17/3)|
|Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham (9/3)||Newcastle 3-2 Everton (9/3)|
|West Ham 2-0 Newcastle (2/3)||Everton 0-0 Liverpool (3/3)|
|Man City 1-0 West Ham (27/2)||Cardiff City 0-3 Everton (26/2)|
|West Ham 3-1 Fulham (22/2)||Watford 1-0 Everton (9/2)|
It's always difficult to predict how any side will fare after returning from the international break, but a home advantage for West Ham may be crucial.
The Hammers haven't lost a home match since 22 December and this run should continue on Saturday against an Everton side with just one away clean sheet since November.
Prediction: West Ham United 2-0 Everton
Source : 90min