Everton match preview

Barclays Premier League
Everton v West Ham United
Goodison Park

Sunday 4 April 2010
Referee: Howard Webb


• West Ham United go to Everton for a huge Easter Day encounter that sees them looking to arrest a run of six straight defeats. They will also want to avenge a 2-1 home defeat by David Moyes' men back on Sunday 8 November and are yet to win away since the opening day of the season.

• Everton are flying at home, having not lost in nine and won the last seven matches they have played at Goodison Park.

• 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 2009.

• This is the 110th league meeting between the two sides. West Ham have won 32, Everton have won 55 and there have been 22 draws.

• In the clubs' last Barclays Premier League meeting at Goodison Park on 16 May 2009, West Ham United were defeated 3-1. 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.

Last time out

Saturday 27 March 2010
Barclays Premier League
West Ham United 0-1 Stoke City
West Ham United: Green, Upson, Spector, Da Costa, Parker, Noble (Ilan 76), Dyer (Diamanti 45), Behrami, Faubert, Cole, Mido (McCarthy 84)
Subs not used: Kurucz, Gabbidon, Kovac, Daprela

Saturday 27 March 2010
Barclays Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-0 Everton
Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Neville, Cahill, Rodwell (Bilyaletdinov 88), Pienaar, Osman (Gosling 83), Saha (Yakubu 76)
Subs not used: Yobo, Nash, Senderos, Hibbert

Last meeting

Sunday 8 November 2009
West Ham United 1-2 Everton
West Ham United: Green, Upson, Spector, Da Costa, Parker, Behrami, Jimenez (Diamanti 57), Faubert, Collison (Stanislas 45), Franco, Hines
Subs not used: Kurucz, Noble, Tomkins, Daprela, Nouble
Goal: Hibbert og 65

Everton: Howard, Heitinga, Yobo, Baines, Distin, Hibbert, Cahill, Gosling (Neill 76), Fellaini, Rodwell, Saha (Yakubu 57)
Subs not used: Nash, Jo, Baxter, Agard, Wallace
Goals: Saha 27, Gosling 64

Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

8 November 2009 West Ham United 1-2 Everton
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)

Overall record v Everton (all competitions) W 36 D 24 L 61

Next up

West Ham United welcome Sunderland on Saturday 10 April while Everton are in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Aston Villa.


• Sunday's referee is Howard Webb.

• Webb began officiating in Yorkshire in 1989. Webb was appointed as a Football League assistant referee in 1996, fulfilling the same role in the Barclays Premier League in 1998.

• The 38-year-old took charge of his first Barclays Premier League match as a referee in October 2003, and has since been the man-in-the-middle for a host of high-profile fixtures.

• Webb refereed the 2005 FA Community Shield, 2006 FA Trophy final and 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as well as taking charge of his first UEFA Champions League match in 2006.

• The former police officer was referee for the 2007 Carling Cup final and was selected as England's representative at Euro 2008, taking charge of the first match of the tournament between Austria and Poland and the Group D fixture between Greece and eventual champions Spain.

• Last season, Webb was in charge of three West Ham United matches, the 3-0 loss at Manchester City in August, the 2-0 home win over Hull City in late January, and the 2-1 final-day victory over Middlesbrough in May.

• This season he took charge of the 3-1 Carling Cup defeat by Bolton Wanderers on 22 September and the 2-1 loss at Burnley on 6 February. For Everton, he was in charge when they won 2-0 and 3-1 in the league at home to Burnley and Manchester United in December and February respectively. He was also the man in the middle for the 2-1 FA Cup exit at the hands of Birmingham City on 23 January.

• Webb took charge of the 2009 FA Cup final at Wembley and is on the provisional list of referees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

• He warmed up for this Sunday's match by taking charge of the Internazionale-CSKA Moscow quarter-final first leg in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday.

West Ham United

• The Hammers have won on just one of their last 13 visits to Everton. Since winning 1-0 on New Year's Day 1994, West Ham's only other success at Goodison Park came in the shape of a 2-1 victory on 14 December 2005. A Bobby Zamora strike and an own-goal from David Weir were enough to see the Hammers secure the three points.

• West Ham's biggest ever away win at Everton came on 10 April 1929, when a Vivian Gibbins hat-trick and an own-goal saw the Hammers run out 4-0 winners in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Goodison Park.

• Alessandro Diamanti's eight goals in all competitions has left him just one behind top scorer Carlton Cole.

• In terms of attacking ambition, Diamanti leads the Hammers statistics in terms of shots (81), shots on target (44), shots off target (37) and assists (4).

• West Ham have scored 38 goals this season in the league with 15 different players on target. Carlton Cole leads the way (nine), with Alessandro Diamanti (seven), Guille Franco (four) and Matthew Upson (three) next in line. Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Junior Stanislas (two each), Ilan, Manuel da Costa, the departed Luis Jimenez, Zavon Hines, Radoslav Kovac, Valon Behrami, Julien Faubert and Scott Parker have also registered. An own-goal from Everton's Tony Hibbert completes the tally.

• Parker has been cautioned nine times this season. Should he be cautioned against Everton or Sunderland on 10 April, he will receive a two-mach suspension.

• Only Robert Green has played in every league game for the club this season. He is on a run of 119 successive league starts.


• Everton's biggest ever home win over West Ham came on 22 October 1927. The Toffees secured a 7-0 victory in front of a crowd of 10,000 at Goodison Park.

• Louis Saha is the club's leading scorer with 15 in all competitions, and 13 in the Barclays Premier League. However, he has not scored since his double strike against Chelsea at the start of February - but has a habit of scoring against West Ham. He has three goals in his last two matches against West Ham.

• Only Tim Howard has played in every top-flight match for the Toffees this season.

Team news

• Gianfranco Zola could again be without Herita Ilunga (tendon injury), James Tomkins (ankle) and Jack Collison (knee).

• Kieron Dyer was substituted at half-time in last weekend's defeat by Stoke City while Guille Franco may not return in time from a minor achilles problem.

• Luis Boa Morte is working hard on his fitness after missing the whole season to date with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and other knee problems suffered last July.

• Zavon Hines will not play again this season with a knee injury.

• Everton have lost young midfielder Dan Gosling for nine months after he suffered a anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee last weekend against Wolves. Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta, both fit again, have suffered the injury in the past 12 months.

• Marouane Fellaini (ankle) and Victor Anichebe (rib) are likely to miss out while Arteta was missing last Saturday with a groin strain.

Old boys

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

General information

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• Sunday's weather forecast is for an overcast day with a maximum daytime temperature of 8C.