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West Ham United v Everton preview
Created on 20 Dec., 2012 7:01 PM GMT
Injury-hit West Ham will have it all before them to eke out a result when they host a well-mentored Everton in London on Saturday.
West Ham have suffered some indifferent results of late, mostly due to a lack of personnel, with their only win in their past five coming at home to Chelsea.
A loss to Liverpool followed, before they held an out-of-form West Bromwich Albion away from home.
Everton, meanwhile, have become experts on taking something from most of their league outings and have lost just one of their past 14.
Manager David Moyes has his side well drilled to keep picking up points, which sees them in the mix for the European spots despite winning just six matches so far this season.
They have drawn four of their past five, with their only victory coming in the form of a last-minute comeback win over Tottenham.
Sam Allardyce's West Ham have been hit hard with injuries this campaign, with striker Andy Carroll (knee) among the casualties.
Mohamed Diame (hamstring), Alou Diarra (thigh), George McCartney (knee) and Ricardo Vaz Te (shoulder) will all be absent for Everton's visit, although Yossi Benayoun (knee) is a possible inclusion to their matchday squad.
Jack Collison (knee) is also in the mix to play his first senior game since West Ham's Championship playoff final victory in May.
Everton are also missing a few handy players though, with in-form midfielder Marouane Fellaini out for three matches due to suspension.
Victor Anichebe (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf), Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and Phil Neville (knee) will not be donning the Everton shirt on Saturday.
Just like Everton's form this season, the past three matches between these two clubs have been score draws.
Prior to that, Everton won five of their past six meetings, with West Ham's most recent victory over the Goodison Park side coming in April 2007.