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Venue: London Stadium, London
Premier League
 Saturday 22 April 2017; 3:00pm
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Half Time: 0-0
Fixture 34
Referee: Roger East

Matchday Updates

For Everton's first visit to the London Stadium, Koeman switches out Robles for Stekelenburg in goal, the only change in line-up but Everton had no answer to a determined Hammers defence that denied them a single shot on target.

On-loan striker Enner Valencia is ineligible to play against his parent club with Arouna Kone on the bench alongside Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin if more strike-power is needed as Everton take on old boy Slaven Bilic's side.

Everton kicked off with the obligatory aimless hoof forward and continued to employ the tactic to get the ball out of defence early on. Holgate tried to pick out Lukaku in the dee but it was intercepted.

Referee Robert East penalised Davies for a tackle that got the ball but seemed to damage Kouyate's knee leading to an extended break. Williams did well to stop new boy Calleri advancing down the byline but the game was a little scrappy at best.

West Ham got forward for the first time and swung in some decent crosses, wining a corner that was delivered superbly to the far post, beating Stekelenburg easily but Kouyate thankfully did nothing with it.

Everton's midfield possession was improving but they had still been unable to penetrate the West Ham area until a poor throw-in put Adrian in serious trouble, just recovering to deny Mirallas.

A clever pass from Barkley hit Mirallas on the heel, then Williams almost lost the ball and West Ham pressed Everton back deep into their own half where they struggled to make any meaningful progress beyond the middle third.

Davies was spoken to after going in a little too strongly, this time catching Reid on the top of his foot. Everton were trying to play a passing game but it was a little too intricate and not creating anything remotely qualifying as an attack — never mind a chance to score a goal.

Gueye saw yellow for an urgent tackle back on Calleri after that passing had been intercepted, West Ham winning another corner from the free-kick. Clearing headers from Barkley then Davies before a shot from Nordtveit forced Stekelenburg to save. Then Kouyate in a lot of space passed the ball behind with Stekelenburg covering.

Fernandes was booked for stopping Baines, giving Mirallas a chance to swing in a looping ball that was too easy to defend away, but this time Everton finally advanced with more intent, Holgate's cross forcing their first corner, and outswinger that fooled everyone.

That saw an equally bright move from the home side, Masuaku crossing well and winning a corner but Collins could only head behind under fine pressure form Williams. Jageilka tried a very long ball forward that gave Lukaku something to chase but against two defenders that he could not beat.

The midfield passing game resumed, Everton going nowhere fast with West Ham defending very deep, denying them any access to the West Ham penalty area. And the game switched on a free-kick delivered harmlessly enough but Williams bizarrely headed it right into the danger area and panic ensued before it was driven behind for a corner.

Schneiderlin was next to catch a West Ham player but this free-kick was also defended away until it looked like Barkley could break out with the ball... only for him to turn and play it backward. The Hammers were getting more of the ball in the final 5 minutes but Everton defended well enough, without making any meaningful use of the ball in terms of structuring an attack on the West Ham goal — the story of a rather disappointing first half in a nutshell.

Koeman clearly agreed, making an almost unprecedented double switch with Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye off, Gareth Barry and Ademola Lookman are on. But the problem continued to be the fraction of extra time and deliberation Ross Barkley needed seemingly on every ball.

At least Everton were finally getting the ball into the West Ham area, but still no chance created. At the other end, Lanzini lashed a shot that hit Jagielka and knocked him flat. Suddenly, it was more like a proper game of football.

Some brilliant ball control by Lookman in the West Ham area but Barkley crucially dithered rather than digging out a shot and any half-chance was gone in an instant, West Ham countering but Masuaku lashing over.

Barkley picked out Lukaku wide right with a beautiful ball and he jinked inside but lost his way before he too could pull the trigger.

Williams got mugged by Kouyate, a yellow card to go with a very dangerous free-kick given up, but it was clipped off the Everton wall by Ayew, albeit for a corner, outswinging and defended away. But The Hammers continued to press, having failed to read Koeman';s revised script for the second half, another corner that was taken short, blocked away.

Roger East continued to penalise Everton shirts whenever a West Ham player went down, Barry getting his 10th yellow card for blocking Ayew; Stekelenburg the recipient of the ball from the free-kick. Lookman finally took a shot, but it was well off target from a long way out.

A final gambit: Calvert-Lewin on for Kevin Mirallas, with 20 minutes left. But it was Lanzini who galloped forward and forced Stekelenburg into a low save to his left. Barkley's game summed up by Nordtveit stealing the ball off him as he paused and looked up.

Lookman in space again drove forward and fired inches over with Adrian covering, and Lukaku glowering. Fonte wiped out Calvert-Lewin and saw yellow. Holgate won a corner, Barkley swinging in a good corner but nothing doing,

Holgate swung in a beautiful cross, perfectly placed for Lukaku but he simply chose not to risk injury by going for it! But it set up some better play from a couple of corners, Collins tugging back Williams by the shirt.

West Ham seemed set on a strong finish as the visitors tired, Fonte not getting a clean header at the far post on a dangerous corner, whilst Everton were again unable to fashion anything meaningful going forward as the final nervy minutes ticked down to a hugely disappointing goalless draw.

West Ham United: Adrian, Fonte [Y:76'], Reid, Collins, Kouyate (79' Cresswell), Nordtveit, Fernandes [Y:76'], Masuaku, Ayew, Calleri (62' Sakho), Lanzini.
Subs not Used: Randolph, Fletcher, Rice, Holland, Makasi.

Everton: Stekelenburg, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams [Y:60'], Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye [Y:27'] (46' Barry [Y:68']), Davies (46' Lookman), Barkley, Mirallas (72' Calvert-Lewin), Lukaku.
Subs not Used: Robles, Kenny, Pennington, Koné.

Referee: Roger East

Attendance: 56,971

Michael Kenrick

Match Preview

With the season running down, Everton's efforts to maintain the pressure on the sides above them switches to the London Stadium.

Despite an eight-match winning run at Goodison Park and just two away defeats since the disappointing result at Watford in December, Ronald Koeman's men have been rooted in seventh place since the turn of the year.

They have managed to trim the gap to Manchester United to three points and start this weekend level on points with Arsenal but both clubs have two games in hand to cram in before the end of the campaign.

A glance at the “away wins” column perhaps illustrates what has held Everton back this season — just four wins on their travels contrasts strongly with United's nine, Arsenal's seven and Manchester City's 11 but they the Blues have an opportunity to significantly improve their away record with three of their five remaining fixtures being on the road.

The first sees Everton meet West Ham at their converted Olympic Stadium for the first time, a venue where the Hammers have had their issues settling into what are vastly different environs to Upton Park.

Just six home wins all season are testament to the problems Slaven Bilic has had emulating the previous season's form which was enough to see them into European competition from which they made an early exit last summer.

Unlike Goodison Park which has become a fortress for Everton in 2017, the London Stadium has borne witness to just two Premier League wins so far this year, against Swansea and Crystal Palace. All of the top six sides have come away with wins from Stratford and it behooves the Toffees to follow suit and hope that the two teams immediately above them in the table at least drop points over the run-in.

With few changes on the fitness front — James McCarthy is unfit and Muhamed Besic is still using the Under-23s as a platform to build his fitness — Koeman is unlikely to change the starting XI much but the likes of Ademola Lookman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be eager for more game time off the bench, particularly seeing as Enner Valencia is ineligible to face his parent club.

Romelu Lukaku, meanwhile, will be looking to add to his phenomenal goalscoring streak in consecutive games against the Hammers.

Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 22 April, 2017
Referee: Roger East
Last Time: West Ham United 1-1 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Robles, Holgate, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Davies, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku

Lyndon Lloyd

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  Fonte  booked'
  Kouyate (Cresswell 79')
  Fernandes  booked
  Calleri (Sakho 62')
  Subs not used

  Williams  booked
  Gueye  booked (Barry 46' booked)
  Davies (Lookman 46')
  Mirallas (Calvert-Lewin 72')
  Subs not used
  Valencia (ineligible)
  Besic (unfit)
  Bolasie (injured)
  Coleman (injured)
  Funes Mori (injured)
  McCarthy (injured)
  Browning (loan)
  Connolly (loan)
  Deulofeu (loan)
  Grant (loan)
  McGeady (loan)
  Niasse (loan)
  Tarashaj (loan)

Match Stats

Shots on target

Premier League Scores
Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough
Hull City 2-0 Watford
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
West Ham 0-0 Everton
Burnley 0-2 Man Utd
Liverpool 1-2 C Palace
Chelsea 4-2 Southampton
Arsenal 1-0 Leicester
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland
C Palace 0-1 Tottenham
Man City 0-0 Man City

Team Pts
1 Chelsea 78
2 Tottenham Hotspur 74
3 Liverpool 66
4 Manchester City 65
5 Manchester United 64
6 Arsenal 60
7 Everton 58
8 West Bromwich Albion 44
9 Southampton 40
10 Watford 40
11 Stoke City 39
12 Crystal Palace 38
13 AFC Bournemouth 38
14 West Ham United 38
15 Leicester City 37
16 Burnley 36
17 Hull City 33
18 Swansea City 31
19 Middlesbrough 27
20 Sunderland 21

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