Everton match preview

Barclays Premier League
West Ham United v Everton
Boleyn Ground
Sunday 8 November 2009
Referee: Alan Wiley


• West Ham United welcome David Moyes' Everton to the Boleyn Ground for their sixth home Barclays Premier League fixture of the season. The Hammers will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four matches, having drawn 2-2 with both Arsenal and Sunderland before overcoming Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday evening. It is still too early to say whether Herita Ilunga and Carlton Cole, who both limped off early against Villa, will be involved.

• Gianfranco Zola, whose team are unbeaten in three matches at home, said: "We are on the right way but we have to keep doing things properly if we want to move up the table. When we win we must celebrate but we then have to quickly get back to work. That is the only way to be if we want to experience the feeling again and again."

• The Hammers will be eager to score their first success over the Toffees since Bobby Zamora's 25-yard special earned a 1-0 victory for the home side on 21 April 2007.

• Everton won both league meetings last season, coming from a goal down to win 3-1 at the Boleyn Ground on 8 November 2008 before triumphing by the same scoreline at Goodison Park on 16 May.

• Everton have failed to win any of their last four Barclays Premier League matches, .

• West Ham went into the weekend 16th in the Barclays Premier League table, having collected ten points from eleven matches. Everton began the current round of fixtures in 13th spot with 12 points from ten games.

• This is the 109th league meeting between the two sides. West Ham have won 32, Everton have won 54 and there have been 22 draws.

Last time out

Wednesday 4 November 2009
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 2-1 Aston Villa

West Ham United: Green, Faubert, Da Costa, Upson, Ilunga (Spector 8), Behrami, Parker, Noble, Collison, Franco (Jimenez 89), Cole (Hines 32)
Subs not used: Kurucz, Tomkins, Diamanti, Stanislas
Goals: Noble 45 (pen), Hines 90
Booked: Parker, Franco

Thursday 5 November 2009
UEFA Europa League Group I
Everton 0-2 Benfica

Everton: Howard, Yobo, Baines, Distin, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Gosling (Jo 69) , Fellaini, Rodwell, Yakubu (Agard 81)
Subs not used: Nash,Baxter,Wallace,Coleman,Duffy
Booked: Hibbert, Rodwell, Yakubu

Last meeting

In the clubs' last Barclays Premier League meeting, West Ham United were defeated 3-1 at Everton on 16 May this year. Radoslav Kovac put the Hammers ahead with a long-range shot before James Tomkins was sent-off and Louis Saha netted a penalty seven minutes before the break. Joseph Yobo and Saha, again, added second-half goals for the Toffees.

Everton: Howard, Jacobsen, Yobo, Lescott, Baines, Osman, Neville, Cahill (Jo 80), Pienaar, Fellaini (Rodwell 69), Saha (Vaughan 80)
Subs not used: Nash, Hibbert, Castillo, Gosling
Booked: Baines
Goals: Saha 38 (pen), 76, Yobo 48

West Ham United: Green, Neill, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Noble, Collison, Kovac (Stanislas 67), Boa Morte (Cole 46), Di Michele (Spector 46)
Subs not used: Lastuvka, Lopez, Payne, Savio
Booked: Boa Morte, Spector
Sent-off: Tomkins
Goal: Kovac 24

Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

16 May 2009 Everton 3-1 West Ham United
8 November 2008 West Ham United 1-3 Everton
22 March 2008 Everton 1-1 West Ham United
15 December 2007 West Ham United 0-2 Everton
12 December 2007 West Ham United 1-2 Everton (League Cup fourth round)
21 April 2007 West Ham United 1-0 Everton

Overall record v Everton (all competitions) W 36 D 24 L 60

Next up

Following the international break, West Ham United travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull City on Saturday 21 November. Everton, meanwhile, travel to Manchester United on the same date for a game that will be broadcast live by ESPN.


• Sunday's referee is Alan Wiley.

• Aged 49, Alan Wiley has been a Premier League referee since 1999. Having learned his trade in the West Midlands (Alliance) League, Wiley joined the Football League List of assistant referees in 1991, before being promoted to the Premier League List three years later.

• In 2000, he was the fourth official at the last FA Cup final at the old Wembley Stadium, which saw Chelsea beat Aston Villa 1-0.

• Since becoming a Select Group referee ten years ago, Wiley has taken charge of the 2002 FA Community Shield, the 2006 League Cup final and, famously, the 2006 FA Cup final.

• Wiley, who also refereed the 2008 Championship Play-Off final between Hull City and Bristol City, has taken control of just one West Ham fixture so far this season, the 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Wigan Athletic on 12 September.

• He was also the man in charge when Everton won 1-0 at Portsmouth on 26 September.

West Ham United

• West Ham United will be eager to continue their recent run of form, having secured their first home Barclays Premier League win of the season in midweek. A Mark Noble penalty, a Robert Green penalty save and Zavon Hines' late winner combined to score a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

• The Hammers have netted 15 league goals this season - Carlton Cole (six), Alessandro Diamanti, Mark Noble, Matthew Upson (two), Guille Franco, Zavon Hines and Junior Stanislas (one) have all been on target.

• West Ham scored in added time at the end of two of their last three home games.

• Robert Green has played 99 consecutive Barclays Premier League games for West Ham United. Barring injury, he will reach his century milestone on Sunday.

• Mark Noble is in line to play his 100th league game for the club.

• England Under-21 defender James Tomkins made his West Ham United debut in the 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Goodison Park on 22 March 2008.

• West Ham United's record home win over Everton came on 11 February 1961, when Harry Obeney scored twice in a 4-0 success. Malcolm Musgrove and John Dick were also on target.


• Everton have failed to win any of their last four Barclays Premier League matches - a run stretching back to a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth on 26 September. The Toffees were also knocked out of the Carling Cup at Tottenham Hotspur and suffered a UEFA Europa League defeat by Benfica in the intervening period.

• The Toffees have scored just three victories in ten league matches to this point, losing three out of four they have played away from Goodison Park. The aforementioned victory at Portsmouth was their only away league win to date.

• Sunday's game will be manager David Moyes' 349th in charge of Everton. The Scot took charge on 15 March 2002, making him the Barclays Premier League's third longest-serving manager behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.

• Everton's leading Barclays Premier League scorer this season is Louis Saha, who has bagged six in nine appearances this term.

• Everton's biggest win at the Boleyn Ground came in the shape of a 4-1 success on 19 August 1968. John Charles scored West Ham United's consolation in that game.

Team news

• Gianfranco Zola is awaiting news on Herita Ilunga and Carlton Cole, who were both forced off with suspected hamstring injuries during Wednesday's 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Both were still being assessed on Thursday.

• Should either be unavailable, Jonathan Spector and Zavon Hines, who both did well as substitutes in midweek, are standing by to step into the starting lineup. Fabio Daprela and Frank Nouble will also take a keen interest in their progress.

• Radoslav Kovac is available again after he served a one-match suspension against Aston Villa.

• Long-term absentee Luis Boa Morte (knee) has been back at Chadwell Heath as steps up his rehab, although he is some months off a comeback. Dean Ashton (ankle) and Calum Davenport (leg) remain long-term absentees with no date set for their return.

• Everton have a wealth of injury concerns ahead of Sunday's game, while Russia winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is suspended after being sent-off against Aston Villa last Saturday.

• Spain playmaker Mikel Arteta (knee), captain Phil Neville (knee), midfielder Leon Osman (ankle), England defender Phil Jagielka (broken leg) and Nigeria striker Victor Anichebe (knee) are also definitely out.

• Right-back Tony Hibbert is battling a virus, meaning former Hammers captain Lucas Neill could start the game in his favoured position. Neill has also been employed in a defensive midfield role since signing a one-year deal with the Toffees in mid September.

Old boys

• Australia defender Lucas Neill will return to the Boleyn Ground, where he spent two-and-a-half years as a West Ham United player between January 2007 and July 2009, scoring one goal in 89 league and cup appearances.

• Among the other players who have represented both clubs are Niclas Alexandersson, Ray Atteveld, Slaven Bilic, Joe Blythe, David Burrows, Tony Cottee, Charlie Crossley, George Eccles, William Kelly, George Kitchen, Alex McCartney, John Russell, David Unsworth, William Wildman, Danny Williamson and Richard Wright.

General information

• For ticket information, click here.

• Saturday's weather forecast is for light rain showers with a maximum daytime temperature of 6C