West Ham United travel to Everton on Saturday knowing a win will put them back in the top four.

The meeting at Goodison Park in the lunchtime kick-off is fast becoming a crunch clash.

West Ham have been widely backed to challenge the top six after a good start to the season.

Everton were another club many predicted would be jostling with the likes of the Hammers to gatecrash the established Premier League elite.

But Toffees boss Silva is fighting for his job after four consecutive Premier League defeats. According to the likes of The Telegraph, Silva must beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham to keep his job.

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Hammers crunch clash billed a ‘must-win’ for Toffees

And the Toffees manager himself has admitted it is a must-win for the hosts (Tribal Football).

Pellegrini – who saw his squad decimated by the worst injury record in the Premier League last season – has already lost star player Lukasz Fabianski and influential attacker Michail Antonio, both for several months.

Now he has slight concerns over two more key players ahead of the trip to Everton.

Declan Rice picked up a virus during a miserable international break with England.

He is expected to be fit but much will depend on his condition and participation in training today as the club prepare to head to Merseyside.

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Rice and Cresswell slight concerns

The alternative does not bear thinking about for West Ham fans as it could mean ageing flop Carlos Sanchez coming into midfield.

 

And that will not end well for West Ham.

Another concern is left-back Aaron Cresswell. The in-form defender went off injured late on in the defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

While it is not thought to be serious, his fitness will be assessed before a decision is made over him or Arthur Masuaku.

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Wilshere could replace Lanzini

Manuel Lanzini’s form is another consideration for the Chilean.

The Argentine was a passenger against Palace and was hooked for Jack Wilshere with 25 minutes left to play.

Pellegrini may decide to freshen things up with Wilshere at the tip of the midfield three instead.

Other than that the Hammers boss knows the side he wants to start the game at Goodison Park.

Predicted West Ham team to face Everton based on Rice and Cresswell passing fitness tests:

Roberto, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Noble, Wilshere, Anderson, Yarmolenko, Haller.

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