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Everton v West Ham United - All You Need To Know

Everton v West Ham United - All You Need To Know

 

West Ham United return to Premier League action following the October international break with an away fixture at Everton on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers will kick-off a busy period of seven matches in 22 days with a trip to Goodison Park.

David Moyes' squad will be seeking to return to winning ways after being edged out 2-1 at home by Brentford a fortnight ago. Victory over Everton could also see West Ham return to the top six, should results elsewhere also go our way.

Moyes' men begin the matchweek in ninth place with eleven points from seven matches, three fewer than their opponents, who kick-off the weekend in fifth.

The game will, of course, see Moyes make a return to the club he managed successfully between 2002-13. And, furthermore, the Scot will see a former Liverpool manager in the Everton dugout in the shape of Rafael Benítez, who he has faced no fewer than 17 times during his long career.

Moyes is not the only former Evertonian set to face his old club, either, as both centre-back Kurt Zouma and and attacker Nikola Vlašić spent short periods with the Merseyside club earlier in their respective careers.

 

Ticket news 

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How can I follow the game?

Kick-off on Sunday is at 2pm, with the game being broadcast live by Sky Sports in the UK. If you are based overseas, you will be able to watch the game in your territory. Click here for worldwide Premier League broadcast listings.

We will also be covering the game live with a blog and audio commentary on whufc.com and our Official App and across our social media channels, with goals, highlights and exclusive reaction to follow after the final whistle.

Supporters in the UK will also be able to listen to live radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC London.

 

Team news

David Moyes could be without two right-backs for the trip to Everton. Vladimír Coufal returned home early from international duty with the Czech Republic, while Ryan Fredericks is still recovering from the thigh injury he suffered in the Carabao Cup third-round win at Manchester United on 22 September.

The fitness of Club captain Mark Noble is also being assessed after missing the Premier League fixture with Brentford before the international break.

For Everton, England centre-forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin (quadriceps), Brazil attacker Richarlison (knee), Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes (calf) and England midfielder Fabian Delph (shoulder) have all definitely been ruled out.

However, France left-back Lucas Digne and Republic of Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman have both recovered from hamstring injuries.

 

The opposition – Everton

Everton kicked-off another new era this season following the appointment of experienced Spaniard Rafael Benítez as the club's new manager.

The 61-year-old arrived in a blaze of publicity, replacing fellow former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, with the media and supporters pointing to his previous role as Liverpool manager between 2004-10.

However, if Benítez can replicate the success he had on the other side of Stanley Park, where he guided Liverpool to UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup glory, even the most sceptical Blues fans will surely forgive his appointment.

Benítez has made a solid start, too, using his well-known tactical acumen and some shrewd summer signings to put together a strong opening to the 2021/22 season.

With new boys Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Salomón Rondón all impressing in attack, Everton have scored 13 goals in their opening seven Premier League matches, losing just once - at Aston Villa - to open this weekend fifth in the table.

The only other blot on Benítez's copybook was a Carabao Cup third-round exit at Queens Park Rangers, where Everton were beaten in a penalty shootout.

A long sought-after trophy may be beyond Benítez and Everton this season, but a sustained challenge for a return to the Premier League's top six and European football may not.

 

Previous meetings

West Ham United’s record at Goodison Park has been much improved in recent seasons, with three wins and three defeats in our six most-recent Premier League visits.

The Hammers came from two goals down to win 3-2 in March 2016, then scored a 3-1 victory in September 2018 and a 1-0 success on New Year’s Day last season, courtesy of Tomáš Souček’s goal.

Prior to that 2016 success, West Ham had not won in their previous eight Premier League visits to Goodison Park dating back to December 2005.

West Ham were also at Everton in September 2020 in the Carabao Cup fourth round, but the Toffees ran out 4-1 winners.

Premier League-wise, that Andriy Yarmolenko-inspired 3-1 win in September 2018 was our biggest at Goodison Park.

West Ham’s biggest-ever top-flight win there was a 4-0 First Division victory way back on 10 April 1929, when Vivian Gibbins helped himself to a hat-trick.

 

Match officials

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistant Referees: Harry Lennard and Simon Long
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Adam Nunn

Stuart Attwell began refereeing seriously following his graduation from Stafford University and worked his way up through the West Midlands League and National League before joining the Football League list of referees in 2007.

Attwell was fast-tracked, becoming the youngest-ever referee to control a Premier League fixture when he officiated Blackburn Rovers’ 1-1 draw with Hull City on 23 August 2008, and being added to the FIFA List later the same year at the age of just 26.

In 2010, Attwell officiated in the Japanese J. League as part of a referee exchange programme.

The 39-year-old has refereed West Ham United 15 times in total since March 2009, when he was in the middle for a 1-0 Premier League win at Wigan Athletic.

Sunday's game will be the second straight time he has refereed the Hammers in opposition to Everton, as he was also the referee for the Blues' 1-0 Premier League win at London Stadium in May this year.

Attwell's most-recent West Ham appointment was for the 2-2 home top-flight draw with Crystal Palace on 28 August.

 

Taking the knee

As confirmed in a joint statement by English football's governing bodies, Premier League clubs will continue to take the knee before kick-off to protest against racism and discrimination.

The 20 Premier League clubs and players have resolved to work together against racism and all forms of discrimination. There is no place in football or society for any form of prejudice and while there have been strides made across our game, recent events have reminded us there is still much work to be done.

 

Pablo Fornals takes the knee against Leicester

 

Taking the knee is an individual choice that many players wish to make as a way of peacefully demonstrating against racism and injustice. This gesture of unity is not new, and we do not view it as an alignment to any political organisation or ideology, but rather raising the awareness of this important issue. We ask that fans respect any player that wishes to take the knee and support them in their stance against discrimination. 

While not all players will choose to express their opposition to discrimination through taking the knee, players, clubs and authorities are committed to work as a collective to address all prejudiced behaviour through the coming season and beyond.

 

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