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Meanwhile, the Toffees have not been in action since holding Liverpool to a goalless stalemate in the Merseyside derby on September 3.

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Everton boss Frank Lampard during the Premier League fixture with Liverpool on September 3, 2022.© Reuters

With the Premier League taking a hiatus last weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Everton fans have had ample time to watch a compilation of Jordan Pickford‘s heroic moments in the Merseyside derby.

While the England number one had to make save after save to keep Frank Lampard‘s side in the tie, a better finish from Neal Maupay could have even stolen all three points for Everton, who also saw a Conor Coady goal disallowed for offside on the day.

Still waiting for their first Premier League win over the season, Everton are the resident stalemate specialists with four draws on the bounce in the top flight, and their slow start to the season sees them languishing in 16th place in the table.

Only goal difference is keeping Lampard’s men above Nottingham Forest and upcoming opponents West Ham at present, but their spate of draws does mean that the Toffees can boast a five-game unbeaten run in all competitions, and only two of their last nine top-flight encounters at Goodison Park have ended in defeat.

It has been 45 years since Everton last played out five consecutive draws in league action, and not since 1994 have the Toffees failed to win any of their opening seven games in the Premier League, so taking advantage of jellied West Ham legs is of paramount importance.

West Ham United manager David Moyes talks to referee Andrew Madley after the match on September 3, 2022© Reuters

Nearly two weeks on from being the victims of a farcical VAR call in which Maxwel Cornet was denied a seemingly fine equaliser against Chelsea – with Jarrod Bowen adjudged to have fouled Edouard Mendy – this time it was West Ham’s turn to be on the correct end of a controversial officiating decision.

Manuel Lanzini‘s penalty, Craig Dawson‘s header and Gianluca Scamacca‘s thunderbolt helped the Hammers avoid a continental upset, but Silkeborg were aggrieved to see a goal ruled out when Stefan Thordarson was penalised for a foul on Alphonse Areola following a corner – replays showed the West Ham goalkeeper simply ran into the Icelandic midfielder before taking a tumble.

Officiating controversy aside, two wins from two is just what the doctor ordered for David Moyes in the Europa Conference League, especially with his side in need of a major Premier League pick-me-up as they sit below the dreaded dotted line in 18th with just four points to their name.

Having discovered a golden attacking touch in Europe, West Ham will be determined to boost a paltry tally of three Premier League goals – making them the league’s worst attacking force alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers – but those three goals have come in each of their last three top-flight matches.

West Ham did the double over Everton in the 2021-22 Premier League and have claimed back-to-back 1-0 wins at Goodison Park in the last two seasons, and another triumph here would see the Hammers win a trio of league games away to the Toffees for the very first time.

Team News

Jordan Pickford warms up for Everton on August 27, 2022© Reuters

Everton – and England – have been dealt a bitter blow with the news that Merseyside derby luminary Pickford has suffered a thigh injury and will be out for a couple of weeks, with Asmir Begovic primed to deputise.

Pickford is being kept company in the treatment room by Andros TownsendBen GodfreyMason Holgate and Yerry Mina, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure are closing in on returns from their respective injuries.

The pair should be in contention to feature this week, while Idrissa Gueye could come in for his second full Everton debut in place of Tom Davies, although the latter did put in a good shift against Liverpool.

As for West Ham, only Nayef Aguerd and Ben Johnson should be on the absentee list this weekend, meaning that Moyes has bountiful options for rotation after their European exertions.

Despite his thundering finish against Silkeborg, Scamacca may cede his spot up front to Michail Antonio, while Pablo FornalsSaid Benrahma, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek all prepare for potential recalls to the first XI.

Bowen has been called up to the England squad in spite of his failure to bag a goal or assist in the Premier League this season, while Areola will hand the gloves back over to Lukasz Fabianski.

Everton possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Patterson, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko; Iwobi, Onana, Davies; Gray, Maupay, Gordon

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell; Rice, Soucek; Bowen, Paqueta, Fornals; Antonio

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