West Ham vs Everton: Line-ups
Race for Top-four Continues
West Ham United are looking to maintain pressure on Leicester City and Chelsea in the Champions League qualification positions. Everton’s own top-four aspirations appeared to come to a crashing end after the home defeat to Aston Villa last weekend, but Carlo Ancelotti will still be aiming to compete in Europe next season.
West Ham potentially require four wins from their final four games to retain a realistic chance of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history.
After winning their first four league matches this season, Everton fans were dreaming of competing at Europe’s top table once again, but an inconsistent home record appears to have put an end to those ambitions.
Moyes took Everton into the Champions League by finishing fourth with the Toffees in the 2004-05 campaign, albeit before disappointingly crashing out to Villarreal in the qualifying rounds in the subsequent season.
Everton are considerably stronger on the road and could prove tough to beat, with West Ham potentially being overpowered in midfield should Rice be unable to start as expected. However, the Hammers are creating more clear-cut chances than most sides in the division and are a completely different beast with Antonio in attack, so it would be little surprise to see their march for a top four spot continue.