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Everton will travel to the London Olympic Stadium as they gear up to take on Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United this Saturday in the Premier League.
The Toffees have been in fine form recently and have lost just one game in their last 6 league encounters, with their latest game ending in a 3-1 triumph over Burnley. They have been applying the pressure on Manchester United and Arsenal who are just above them in the table and will look to keep doing the same with a win on Saturday.
Midfielder Muhamed Besic is fit again and played for the Everton youth side last week. He may be in line for a place on the bench. Aaron Lennon has a knock and might miss out. Midfielder James McCarthy remains unavailable after having been out of action since the international break. Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are ruled out for the season.
Here is how Everton could line up against the Hammers:
Made an uncharacteristic error against Burnley last weekend, giving away a penalty. But has been largely solid since taking over the mantle from Maarten Stekelenburg. Should start between the sticks.
The youngster has been doing a sterling job in deputising for the injured Seamus Coleman. He will look to cause problems to the West Ham defence with his forward forays.
The 34-year old has been in fine nick in recent weeks. While remaining solid at the back, the veteran defender has scored in the last 3 league games. Definite starter.
One of the best transfers of the season in the Premier League. The 32-year old Welsh international has been a rock at the back for Everton and deserves his place in the line-up.
The Englishman has been an ever-present in the Everton playing XI this term and has been extremely consistent, having scored twice and assisted thrice in the league. He will take the field for sure.
Having missed a few games due to injury, the former Manchester United man has made a strong return. He is all set to make his 12th appearance of the season for the Merseysiders.
Has to be one of the biggest positives of the season for Everton. Having burst onto the scenes just a few months back, the 18-year old has become a constant fixture in the side. Will take his rightful place in the midfield.
And completing the midfield trio will be Idrissa Gueye. The Senegalese international has been another consistent performer for Everton this season.
Having scored 4 goals and set up 8 strikes, the 23-year old has really come into own in his recent weeks. Will start on the right-hand side of the attacking trident.
On the opposite flank, expect a change with Belgium international Kevin Mirallas dropping to the bench, to make way for young Calvert-Lewin. The 20-year old has impressed in whatever opportunities he has received and will hope to make an impact on Saturday if given the chance.
Leading the line will be Premier League’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku. The 23-year old has found the back of the net 5 times in his last 5 league games and has netted 24 goals in the league. No-brainer really.