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Preview: West Ham United vs. Everton

Preview: West Ham vs. Everton
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between West Ham United and Everton.

West Ham United will be looking to end a run of eight games without a win against Everton when they welcome David Moyes's men to Upton Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers are enjoying a decent season and currently sit mid-table, but a poor run of form has seen them take just five points from a possible 18.

Sam Allardyce will be without George McCartney, Alou Diarra and Mohamed Diame, but Yossi Benayoun and Jack Collison face late fitness tests on their knee injuries.

Meanwhile, the Toffees are looking for a victory that could launch them back into the top four, but will have to do it without Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian starts his three-game ban for a headbutt on Ryan Shawcross in last weekend's 1-1 draw at Stoke City.

Thomas Hitzlsperger is likely to feature against his old side, while Steven Pienaar may be deployed in a more central role.

Phil Neville has recovered from a knee injury, but is unlikely to be fit enough to start.

Recent form

West Ham: DLLWLD

Everton: LDDDWD

Possible lineups

West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien; O'Neil, Noble, Taylor, Nolan, Jarvis; Cole

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Hitzlsperger, Gibson, Oviedo; Pienaar; Jelavic

Sports Mole says: 2-2

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool23193154134160
2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
9Leicester CityLeicester2394102929031
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
11Everton238693433130
12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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