Everton vs. West Ham
Saturday, May 16, 2009, Goodison Park
Everton drew 0-0 with Tottenham Hotspur at home in their last match.
In their last five, Everton have won one, drawn three and lost one, picking up six points from a potential 15. The Toffees are currently sixth in the league, one point behind fifth-placed Aston Villa and seven points clear of seventh-placed Fulham.
Everton may welcome back Tony Hibbert from injury for this match, with Lars Jacobsen and Leon Osman fully recovered from injuries and set to play.
West Ham United lost 3-0 to Liverpool in their last match.
In their most recent five, West Ham have won one, drawn one, and lost three, picking up four points from the available 15.
The Hammers are currently ninth in the league, equal on points with eighth placed Tottenham and one point clear of tenth placed Manchester City.
Carlton Cole is fighting to be fit and may feature in this match for West Ham, whilst Kieron Dyer, James Collins, and Scott Parker will miss the match for the Hammers.
Everton beat West Ham 3-1 earlier this season at Upton Park, whilst last season's Everton vs West Ham fixture ended in a 1-1 draw.
With only two matches remaining in the season, Everton are assured of a spot in next season's Europa League and may also clinch fifth spot on the ladder, with only one point currently separating the Toffees and current fifth-place Aston Villa.
West Ham, too, could qualify for Europe with good results from their remaining fixtures, and the Hammers will be doing all they can to take seventh place.
With Carlton Cole likely to return for West Ham's remaining matches, his presence and scoring ability could give Hammers the push they need to grab the final Europa League spot.
Everton have been strong at home in recent times, with the FA Cup Finalists winning four of their last six at Goodison Park. West Ham, in spite of holding a good away record this season, have been stuttering a bit lately and have only won two of their last six on the road.
The Toffees will want to keep up the pace—if not overtake—Aston Villa this weekend, and will likely put a dent in the Hammers' European campaign with a win here.
But expect a tight showdown that could easily end dead-locked at the end of the 90 minutes.
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