Premier League Preview: Everton v West Ham
By Football News
David Moyes will take charge of Everton for the last time at Goodison Park on Sunday against West Ham.
It was confirmed on Thursday that Moyes will not extend his deal with the Merseyside club and instead take over from Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when the season comes to an end.
A goalless draw at rivals Liverpool on Sunday sees Everton almost certain to finish sixth in the league, a result that would see them top the Anfield outfit for the second season in a row.
That represents success on the blue half of Merseyside and a win against West Ham will confirm their superiority.
Everton have lost just one of their last eight matches, although scoring goals has been a problem in recent weeks, with the club having netted once in four games.
Whether Moyes' impending move to Manchester will provide a distraction is unknown, as is the transfer speculation placed on the likes of Everton stars Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, who could be set to follow their manager to Old Trafford.
West Ham will enter this match in good form themselves and they also played their part in a 0-0 stalemate last weekend.
That result came against Newcastle United as Sam Allardyce's side – who have lost just one of their last seven – sit 10th in the table, two points above the 11th-placed Stoke City.
A top-half finish would be a terrific result for West Ham in their first season back in the Premier League and a result at Goodison Park would go a long way to confirming that.
Neither side have a player who has been particularly prolific in front of goal this season, with Fellaini (11 goals) the only man from either side to have scored double figures in the current league campaign.
Everton midfielder Phil Neville (knee) is a chance to return for the match but West Ham are without defender George McCartney, who has a knee injury of his own.
West Ham will have to reverse recent history if they are to win, with the club failing to triumph in their last five meetings at Goodison Park.
The last two clashes at the same ground have ended in 2-2 draws, and Allardyce's side have not beaten Everton since Bobby Zamora's strike gave them a 1-0 victory in April 2007.