Carlton Cole is expecting to face a stern examination when West Ham United do battle with Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers travel to Merseyside looking for a first win against the Toffees since April 2007, and a first triumph at Goodison Park since December 2005.

The striker expects a competitive fixture against Roberto Martinez's side and believes it will be a good test for the in-form visitors.

"I watched them against Chelsea and they gave Chelsea a hard time. They're a great outfit and were a bit unlucky not to get a result out of the Chelsea game.

"It's a massive challenge for us to go up there and upset things because we know they're a good team. If we can get anything from the game we'll be very happy with it.

"They're a massive force in the Premier League and it's where you want to be testing your abilities against that sort of quality. There's a lot of England players that will be playing on that pitch on Saturday, but we're just going to be focussed on getting the result."

The 30-year-old has been in impressive form since re-joining the Club in October 2013, putting in a strong series of performances which have bought the frontman six league goals.

He netted against Southampton in a 3-1 win at the Boleyn Ground last time out, and he is hopeful of keeping his place against the Toffees, despite the presence of the returning Andy Carroll.

"Andy Carroll's a top player and it's good to have competition in the team. He'll appreciate that I'm doing well at the moment so he can progress and try to do better than me.

"We've also got Marco Borriello who's injured at the moment, so right now it's only me and Andy that's vying for the same spot. As long as we're both scoring, setting-up goals and making an impact on the field, then the manager can't ask for more. It's a good dilemma for him to have.

"He's young, he's raring to go, he just needs to focus and try to get back into the team. He needs to up his game, get the goals and set-up the goals for other players as well, as he usually does."

Cole and his teammates will be hoping to notch up a fifth straight league victory against Everton, a feat which hasn't been achieved since the 2005/06 season when their run was also ended with a 2-2 draw against the Toffees at Goodison Park.

The big striker believes the team's good run has come as a consequence of the return of key players from injury, meaning greater competition amongst the squad.

"We're full of confidence at the minute. We've been in a good vein of form over the last four or five games and going into the next game everyone around the camp is feeling happy and looking forward to the game.

"I don't think it's any coincidence that since a few of our injured players came back that it's had a positive influence on the team. There's competition for places and everybody knows they need to perform to play in the next game.

"The manager knows what he's doing and he's very experienced at this level. We had no doubts that we'd come out of a tricky situation. We've still got work to do and the manager has got us in the right frame of mind to perform on Saturday."