Both teams are in contention to qualify for Europe via the Fair Play standings when they face each other at the Upton Park this Saturday.
Premier League has been awarded an extra Europa League place via Fair Play standings and both West Ham and Everton are vying for that spot.
The team to finish higher in those standings will qualify as Liverpool is already guaranteed a place in the Europa League thanks to its league position.
Liverpool currently lead the Fair Play standings, followed by West Ham and Everton on the third place. West Ham can not only beat Everton to the Europa League spot by winning this game, they can also finish in the top half of the table with a win at Upton Park this Saturday.
And a win against Everton on Saturday will be Hammers’ first after a run of 13 games without a win. Everton are currently 11th in the league, 3 points behind Hammers and a win on Saturday can see Roberto Martinez’s men leapfrog their hosts.
Big Sam is likely to start Alex Song after the former Arsenal star made his return from injury.
Song made a substitute appearance against Aston Villa last weekend and is certain to play from the start this time around.
West Ham are cursed in a way that two of their strikers are out for the rest of the season, Diafra Sakho (thigh) and Andy Carroll (knee).
Everton’s most influential player, Leighton Baines, has been ruled of the clash after the left-back went under the knife to cure his ankle injury.
Luke Garbutt is likely to fill the role for Toffees’ last two games of the season. Pienaar is still some time away from returning to full fitness after suffering from a muscle injury.
Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson are the other long term injuries for Everton.