West Ham vs Everton
The race for European football continues this weekend as West Ham host Everton on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers will head into the weekend’s Premier League action still firmly in the hunt for a top-four finish.
At present, West Ham are sat 5th in the English top-flight and just two points adrift of Chelsea, who are facing a tough test in the form of Manchester City this weekend.
Everton, meanwhile, are not going to be finishing in the Champions League places this season.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side do still have a chance to secure Europa League football for 2021/22.
The Toffees are 8th in the PL at the moment, but they do currently have a game in hand on 6th place Tottenham, who they are sat just four points behind.
But if Everton wish to secure a top-six finish, they need to put an end to their dismal form, which has seen them notch just one win in their last five outings.
The latest on Declan Rice and James Rodriguez
Ahead of the clash, David Moyes would provide an update on the currently sidelined Declan Rice:
“We’re getting closer to getting Declan back because we’re a week down the line. He’s back on the grass and closing in on it and we’ll try and get him back as soon as we can.”
🎙 The boss is speaking to the media ahead of our match against Everton this weekend…#WHUEVE
— West Ham United (@WestHam) May 7, 2021
Carlo Ancelotti would also speak to the media on Friday and confirm that James Rodriguez is out of Sunday’s game:
Ancelotti says James Rodriguez is out but Abdoulaye Doucoure is available
— Phil Kirkbride (@philkecho) May 7, 2021