Pretty much every game over the last few weeks has been a must-win for Everton with Europe at stake. But now with just a handful of games left to play, not winning against West Ham United today will pretty much end any chances for the Blues to play in Europe next season.
Everton have been quite miserable in the absence of Abdoulaye Doucoure, but with the midfield dynamo back from injury Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that he can spark the Toffees to a much-needed three points in London. He will have to do so without the services of James Rodriguez though after the Colombian superstar was ruled out for this weekend following his calf injury during pre-game warmups last Saturday.
However things end up for West Ham this season, David Moyes has certainly shown that he can still infuse a middling squad with the gritty team spirit that his Everton sides were renowned for. It certainly helped that January loan signing Jesse Lingard has been one of the revelations of the season following his move from Manchester United, picking up nine goals and four assists in just twelve appearances for the Hammers. An impact like that would have most certainly propelled Everton into a Champions League spot and Lingard has managed to do just that for Moyes, with West Ham pushing Chelsea for fourth spot in the table.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 34
Date and start time: Sunday, May 9th at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m ET / 4:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: London Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
Capacity: Behind closed doors
Weather: 62°F/17°C, mostly cloudy, 5% chance of precipitation, 13 mph winds
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West Ham snatched a late win at Goodison Park when the two sides played on New Year’s Day, with Thomas Soucek taking advantage of a fortunate rebound late on. The last time the Blues went to London Stadium was in January 2020, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting the goal in a 1-1 draw.