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• West Ham United return to the Boleyn Ground on Saturday having secured a solid away point against Southampton last time out.

• Their opponents are Everton, who are unbeaten from their first four Barclays Premier League matches of the new season.

• New manager Roberto Martinez secured his first three point-haul as the Toffees' boss last weekend, as Stephen Naismith's goal proved enough to sink Chelsea at Goodison Park.

• They had drawn their three previous matches, against Norwich City (2-2), West Bromwich Albion (0-0) and Cardiff City (0-0).

• Martinez took over from David Moyes this summer following Moyes' departure to Manchester United. The Scot had spent over eleven years in the Goodison Park hotseat.

• West Ham are looking to return to winning ways after they bounced back from defeat to Stoke City in their last home match by securing a 0-0 draw at Southampton last Sunday.


• West Ham United and Everton have met 106 times in league matches. Everton have won 53 times, West Ham have won 32 and there have been 21 draws. Overall, the two clubs have met 126 times, with Everton winning 63, West Ham 36 and there being 27 draws.

• The Toffees are unbeaten in eleven matches against their hosts, including the last ten Premier League meetings. Everton have won 18 of the 34 Premier League meetings between the two, while West Ham United have won just six. The most-recent two league games have ended in defeats for the Hammers.

• The first-ever meeting between West Ham United and Everton was an FA Cup second round tie played on 2 February 1907. Harry Stapley scored for the Hammers, who were then a Southern League side, but the Division One Toffees ran out 2-1 winners through goals from Jimmy Settle and Jack Sharp. Everton would go on to reach the final, losing 2-1 to The Wednesday at Crystal Palace.

• West Ham United and Everton have met twice at the FA Cup semi-final stage, with each club winning through once on their way to lifting the trophy at Wembley. The Toffees scored a 2-1 victory at Molineux on 18 March 1933, when Vic Watson's goal was cancelled out by Ted Critchley and James Dunn, before beating Manchester City 3-0 at Wembley. The Division Two Hammers gained their revenge on 16 April 1980, when Frank Lampard and Alan Devonshire scored in a 2-1 replay victory at Elland Road. West Ham went on to beat Arsenal 1-0 in the final.

• West Ham United have never scored more than four goals in a game against Everton - achieving that feat on six occasions. The Hammers' biggest home victor over the Toffees was a 4-0 Division One success on 11 February 1961, when Harry Obeney scored twice and John Dick and Malcolm Musgrove once each.

• Vivian Gibbins scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 Division One win at Goodison Park on 10 April 1929, while Jimmy Ruffell repeated the feat in a 4-2 home Division One victory on 5 December 1931 - they remain the only two trebles netted by West Ham United players against Everton.

• Everton's biggest victory at the Boleyn Ground came on 26 February 2000, when the Toffees scored a 4-0 Premier League win. Nick Barmby scored a hat-trick and American Joe-Max Moore added a fourth.

• Mohamed Diame lined up alongside Everton winger Magaye Gueye at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where the pair helped Senegal to reach the quarter-finals

Team news

West Ham United

• Sam Allardyce is without striker Andy Carroll, who is nursing a foot problem, while Joe Cole (hamstring) and Stewart Downing (dead leg) are expected to return to full training at the start of next week. George McCartney, meanwhile, is back in training after his knee injury.


• New loan arrival Romelu Lukaku is in line to make his Toffees debut, while fellow striker Arouna Kona has overcome a knee injury. Darron Gibson is also fit, but Steven Pienaar could miss out with a hamstring injury.

Last time out

Southampton 0-0 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 15 September 2013

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Demel (Rat 61), Reid, Collins, O'Brien; Morrison (Taylor 77), Noble, Nolan; Diame, Maiga (Vaz Te 68), Jarvis
Subs (not used): Adrian, Tomkins, Collison, Lee

Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 14 September 2013

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jaglelka, Distin, Coleman, Mirallas (Deulofeu 90), Naismith (Stones 89), Barry, Barkley, Osman, Jelavic (McCarthy 66)
Subs (not used): Joel, Heitinga, Oviedo, Gueye
Goal: Naismith 45

Previous meeting

Everton 2-0 West Ham United
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 12 May 2013

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Gibson, Osman (Hibbert 89), Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas (Oviedo 90), Anichebe (Jelavic 73)
Subs (not used): Mucha, Heitinga, Barkley, Naismith
Goals: Mirallas 6, 60

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Nolan, Jarvis, Collison (J.Cole 55), Diame (C.Cole 46), O'Neil (Noble 64), Carroll
Subs (not used): Henderson, Pogetetz, Taylor, Vaz Te

Head to head

Last six meetings (Premier League unless stated)

12 May 2013 - Everton 2-0 West Ham United
22 December 2012 - West Ham United 1-2 Everton
22 January 2011 - Everton 2-2 West Ham United
28 December 2010 - West Ham United 1-1 Everton
4 April 2010 - Everton 2-2 West Ham United
8 November 2009 - West Ham United 1-2 Everton

Overall record v Everton (all competitions) W 36 D 27 L 63

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2012/13 Premier League 10th (46 points)
2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points - relegated to Championship)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)


2012/13 Premier League 6th (63 points)
2011/12 Premier League 7th (56 points)
2010/11 Premier League 7th (54 points)
2009/10 Premier League 8th (61 points)
2008/09 Premier League 5th (63 points)
2007/08 Premier League 5th (65 points)
2006/07 Premier League 6th (58 points)
2005/06 Premier League 11th (50 points)
2004/05 Premier League 4th (61 points)
2003/04 Premier League 17th (39 points)


• Saturday's referee will be Lee Mason.

• Mason started refereeing in 1988 and in 1992 he was added to the North West Counties Football League assistant referees' list, and progressed to full referee for that competition four years later.

• He was included on the Football League list of assistant referees in 1998, and was then added to the Premier League list in 2000.

• In 2002, he was promoted to referee for the Football League and in 2003 became a 'Development Group' referee, before finally reaching the Premier League list of Select Group referees in 2006.

• His first ever match in the top tier was on 4 February 2006, when Middlesbrough lost 4-0 at home to Aston Villa.

• Mason was chosen to control the League One Play-Off final between Barnsley and Swansea on 27 May 2006.

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, Thomas Hitzlsperger and Richard Wright.

General information

• Tickets for this match will be available on the day of the game. Click here for ticket prices.

• Supporters who use the Central Line to travel to home matches should be aware that replacement buses are operating in place of trains between Bethnal Green and Hainault/Loughton

• Saturday's weather forecast is for a cloudy day in east London with temperatures around 18C (64F)

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