Match Preview: Everton vs West Ham United: Premier League Matchday Fourteen

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On the Fourteenth Matchday on the 2017/2018 Premier League season, David Moyes’ Hammers make the familiar trip back to Goodison Park to face off with David Unsworth’s Everton in what is being dubbed a real Relegation six-pointer.

The Claret & Blue Army make the trip to Liverpool having witnessed their side produce a much-improved display to draw at home with Leicester City on Friday night, whereas, The Toffees are fresh from a humiliating thrashing at The St Mary’s Stadium, making this one a huge clash for all involved.

When?

The tie will take place tonight (Wednesday 29 November 2017) with a kick-off time of 8:00 PM GMT and Live Television Coverage being provided by BT Sport in The United Kingdom.

However, if you don’t have access to a TV later today then you can catch Live Radio Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live or BBC Radio London, alternatively, if you head over to @MooreThanAClub you can find live build-up, updates and reaction from Merseyside.

Where?

Everton’s home Ground of Goodison Park will play host to the fixture, originally opening in 1892, it can call itself one of the oldest Stadiums in all of English Football and has hosted more Top-Flight games than any other arena.

“The Grand Old Lady”, as it is known by the locals, weighs in with a Capacity of 39,572 but sadly, it is soon to be demolished as the club look to move to a new, more modern alternative situated in Liverpool’s Bramley-Moore Dock.

Until 2012, the arena held the record for the highest attendance in English Women’s Football and proudly hosted numerous matches at the 1966 World Cup, including West Germany’s Semi-Final victory over The Soviet Union.

On our last visit to age-old Stadium, the home side emerged victorious thanks to goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley last autumn, tonight will be the 69th playing of this particular clash at Goodison Park.

Team News:

David Unsworth may have some problems when picking his back four for the encounter as he is plagued by injury in that area of the pitch with Leighton Baines and Michael Keane expected to be sidelined having hobbled off on Sunday.

But, full-back Mason Holgate may return from a four-week spell out to ease the dilemma ever so slightly, while striker Oumar Niasse remains suspended after a dive at Selhurst Park nearly two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, David Moyes confirmed in his Pre-Match Press Conference, which MooreThanJustAClub were lucky enough to attend, that Michail Antonio may return to the Squad after a hamstring injury, while Javier Hernandez will take a few more days to come back.

But, there were no fresh injury concerns to report as Marko Arnautovic is fine having had to leave the field in consecutive games and U23 stars Declan Rice and Antonio Martinez could be involved after being left out of a Checkatrade Trophy trip to Adams Park last night.

Form:

The Football Clubs of Everton and West Ham United have met a staggering 136 times in Competition Football since the first encounter at the very beginning of the 20th century.

The overall record makes for unpleasant viewing for any Hammer worrying about the tie, as The Toffees have recorded 68 victories in that time, there have been 30 draws and we have emerged with all three points on just 38 occasions.

In the last outing between the two sides, Ronald Koeman’s Blue Boys of Merseyside visited The London Stadium for the first time and could only produce a 0-0 stalemate back in April, a dull afternoon for many.

Notable past playing’s of this matchup include Everton’s historic 7-0 and 6-1 wins over us at Goodison Park and the dramatic 1980 FA Cup Semi-Final, setting up our Final win over Arsenal at Wembley, or the thrilling 2014 FA Cup Third Round Replay at Upton Park that culminated in a penalty-shootout decided by an Adrian San-Miguel spot-kick.

The Opposition:

Founded as St. Domingo Football Club all the way back in 1878, Everton Football Club is widely regarded as one of England’s most successful outside of “The Big Six” with a rich history of Trophies.

Earning the nickname “The School of Science” for their style of Football, they are holders of five FA Cups, have tasted European glory, winning the 1984/1985 European Cup Winner’s Cup.

But, perhaps their biggest claim to fame is winning no fewer than nine Top-Flight Titles, the most recent one coming in 1987 and they also have a very impressive record when it comes to The English First Division, now The Premier League, spending more seasons in it than any other club (114).

Their success has been somewhat limited in recent years, the highlight of this Century for them being making The Champions League under Moyes, but nowadays, they sit 16th in The Premier League after a big spend in the summer yielded a poor start to the campaign, leading to the sacking of Koeman.

Who Is Officiating?

The second youngest of The Select Group Referees, but widely considered one of the best, in the form of Michael Oliver will be taking charge tonight, Assisting him will be Simon Bennett and Stuart Burt, with fellow Referee Craig Pawson acting as Fourth Official.

So, with the North-West Coast scene well and truly set for a pivotal night of PL action at the most traditional of locations, can Unsworth deliver a huge three points in what is expected to be his last game as Interim Blues Boss?

Or, will Moyes come back to haunt his former employers by delivering the first Irons three points since September and his first win as Manager? Think you know? Head over to @MooreThanAClub on Twitter to get your last-minute score predictions in and join the pre-match debate.

About the Author

Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.