Premier League Match Preview: Everton vs. West Ham United

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Updated: February 24, 2014
Everton

Match Date: 01 March 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Goodison Park

 

Everton

Everton show promising form in the FA Cup having won their last three fixtures and are now up against Arsenal for the Sixth Round. In the English Premier League, however, the side suffer from a moderate degree of inconsistency, particularly in their most recent battles. Of their last five results, three were defeats, one was draw, and only one was victory.

 

Chelsea, The Toffees’ most recent top-flight rivals, were able to inflict dismay on Roberto Martínez’s men. Returning captain John Terry made good use of the stoppage time by serving a goal to thrash Everton 1-0 and reaffirm their leadership in the competition. The match almost seemed to end in a draw as the thrilling display remained goalless until Phil Jagielka was adjudged of a foul, awarding a penalty kick to Chelsea which was converted by Terry.

 

West Ham United

West Ham make it five matches in a row without succumbing to their enemies after they slammed Southampton on weekend at the Boleyn Ground. The Hammers showed no sign of submission and ensured that they will hold a perfect February record. Once submerged in the relegation zone, Sam Allardyce’s men are now at the heights of the top 10.  The side had to strive hard at times against Southampton who were unbeaten in their six league matches, but impressively overcame the challenge to secure a 3-1 victory on home soil. Yoshida opened the scoring for the visitors but was later equalized by Jarbis. Cole doubled the lead for the hosts and Nolan sealed the winner in the second half.

 

Football betting tip: This tourney will see Everton and West Ham United fight neck-and-neck, though the hosts have been more successful than their visitors in their last three face-offs. West Ham’s increasing strength in the competition will allow them to share the spoils with Everton.

 

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