West Ham United play their third game in six days when they take on a fully rested Everton this evening.

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Everton have dominated this fixture over the years with 72 wins to West Ham’s 40 and 31 draws.

West Ham have won just two of the last nine meetings between the sides in all competitions.

And the Hammers were beaten 4-1 in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.

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West Ham face daunting task at fully-rested Everton

It was a harsh scoreline on West Ham who had played well with a second string side until being undone by a deflected goal which made it 2-1 to the Toffees in the second half.

West Ham have made their best start to a season for five years.

They can eclipse the points they amassed in the first 17 games of the Farewell Boleyn campaign with victory at Goodison Park.

Everton have been hailed as potential title contenders given their fine form.

Yet West Ham will go just three points behind the Toffees with a win.

West Ham have been massively boosted by the return of Michail Antonio.

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Moyes to make three changes but could be four as he ponders Lanzini and Benrahma dilemma

Even his brief cameo against Southampton showed he is infinitely more effective in West Ham’s setup than the struggling Sebastien Haller.

He is highly unlikely to be risked from the start at Goodison Park.

But Moyes will make three changes to the side that played just three days ago and faces a dilemma over a fourth in the shape of Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma.

Despite a man of the match performance on his West Ham debut, Craig Dawson will drop out of the side with Fabian Balbuena coming back in.

Moyes sprang a surprise and named him in West Ham’s starting XI against the Saints.

Many supporters feared the worst. But Dawson was very good.

 

That was the loan defender’s first game for five months, though, and the quick turnaround means Balbuena will come back in after being rested as he gets over an injury niggle.

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Bowen, Coufal and Balbuena come back in

Another player rested at St Mary’s was the brilliant Vladimir Coufal.

Ryan Fredericks did well in his stead. But Coufal is West Ham’s undisputed right-back and will come straight back into the team.

Moyes will also bring Jarrod Bowen back into the side for Andriy Yarmolenko after resting him last time out.

Yarmo did reasonably well in the last game and looked lively. But Bowen’s pace will be so important against a quality side like Everton.

Moyes then has a selection dilemma over Lanzini and Benrahma.

Both have looked good in recent displays.

West Ham fans are frustrated by Benrahma’s lack of game time. But Moyes insists the Algerian must be patient and work on his ball retention and decision making before becoming a regular.

It was Benrahma’s introduction for Lanzini that sparked the Hammers into life at Southampton, though. He should have won it late on too.

Moyes must decide which player starts the game in the number 10 role.

He may opt to stick with Lanzini’s experience from the start but bring Benrahma on sooner depending on how the game is panning out.

It will be a similar story for Antonio, who is expected to get at least 20-30 minutes as he is drip-fed back into the team.

Predicted West Ham starting XI to face Everton:

Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Balbuena, Coufal, Fornals, Rice, Soucek, Bowen, Lanzini, Haller.

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