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West Ham United have picked up just 2 points from their last 5 league games and the new manager David Moyes has a huge task in front of him. They were held to a draw by Leicester City at the weekend and are back in action just days later, as they face Everton – another team struggling at the bottom end of the points table.
Both teams are in desperate need of some momentum and one team might come out victorious, which could define their season. Playing away from home, West Ham will have to be at their best to take anything from this game.
The likes of Sam Byram, James Collins, Jose Fonte and Javier Hernandez remain on the injury list for David Moyes, who can recall Marko Arnautovic to the starting XI, after the former Stoke City star returned to training at the weekend.
The Englishman has remained Moyes’ first choice in goal and should keep his place in the side.
With very few options in the squad, the manager should stick with veteran full-back Zabaleta at right-back for this game.
The skipper of the side, Reid will hope that his side doesn’t really get tested by a misfiring Everton attack at the Goodison Park.
The Italian has been preferred by Moyes at the back and he should partner Reid in an unchanged partnership for West Ham.
Arthur Masuaku will provide the manager with options at left-back but first choice full-back Cresswell should continue to start on the left wing.
Adding stability to the midfield should be Obiang, who had a decent outing against the Foxes at the weekend.
West Ham have a genuine chance of picking up some points against the Toffees and Kouyate needs to have a solid game to help them there.
The versatile winger came back from an injury at the weekend and started the game against the Foxes. He should retain his place on the right-hand side of the attack.
The Argentine playmaker remains the creative force for West Ham and he must be kept quite for Everton to take anything from this clash.
After a splendid performance at the weekend, Masuaku deserves to keep his place in the side, on the left-hand side of the attack.
Though Carroll troubled the Leicester City defence, Ayew, who is recently back from an injury, will be a better fit for the Hammers and he can have a bigger impact against a struggling Everton defence in this game.