London Stadium - Premier League
West Ham United bring down the curtain on a tumultuous Premier League campaign with a home game at the London Stadium against Everton. The Toffees are looking to hold on to eighth place, while the Hammers could yet finish in the top half of the table.
Wayne Rooney scored a goal of the season contender from inside his own half when the teams met at Goodison Park in November. The former England captain bagged his first Everton hat-trick in a 4-0 win that day, while the teams played out a goalless draw in their first meeting at the London Stadium last term.
Michail Antonio, Winston Reid and Sam Byram miss this game for the Hammers through injury, while Javier Hernandez is also a serious doubt. Defender James Collins is facing a late fitness test on a hamstring problem, while Andy Carroll will hope for a start after coming off the bench against Manchester United on Thursday night.
Amid speculation over a move to DC United and MLS, Rooney could make his final appearance in an Everton shirt on Sunday. Sam Allardyce will be without the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, James McCarthy, Eliaquim Mangala and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, while Mason Holgate and Theo Walcott are also doubts.
West Ham v Everton Preview and Predictions
There are two things up for grabs when West Ham host Everton on Sunday - prize money and pride. The two go hand in hand, with millions of pounds at stake - especially in the case of the Hammers. With the pressure off, we could be in for an exciting game.
After their season-long struggles, West Ham left it late to finally secure their Premier League safety. Currently 15th in the table, the Hammers can finish as low as 17th or as high as 10th, depending on how results go in other games. With as much as £14 million difference between those places, the message from above will surely filter down to manager David Moyes.
In what could be the former Everton manager’s last game in charge at new club West Ham, Moyes’s current team start as slight favourites in the betting at 29/20. Everton meanwhile are 28/13, as they look to finish the season with a six-match unbeaten run.
The Toffees need a win to guarantee eighth place, but as long as they match Leicester City’s result at Tottenham, they’ll stay where they are. This game has the potential to peter out into a draw as players look ahead to their summer holidays and the World Cup, with a stalemate priced at 5/2.
The score draw at 7/2
A repeat of last season’s goalless draw at the London Stadium is 12/1, but a score draw looks more likely, with 1-1 available at 6/1.
Rooney to score and Everton to win at 9/2
After his treble against the Hammers earlier this term, this would be a fitting way for Rooney to bring down the curtain on his Premier League career if that’s what transpires.