Everton are set to take on West Ham United in Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off.
The Toffees have travelled to east London for what is a must-win tie for both sides.
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Everton head into the game sat 17th in the Premier League table, just three points above the relegation zone.
Granted, 18th-place Watford have currently played three more games than Frank Lampard’s side, but it is still not a position the Merseysiders will want to be in.
As for West Ham, they have won just two of their last five league games and, as a result, have slipped out of the European places.
Should they win on Sunday, though, the Hammers would move back into 6th place, level on points with Manchester United.
Why Gomes & Patterson are missing vs West Ham
Ahead of the game, Everton released their matchday squad an hour before kick-off and were able to welcome Dominic Calvert-Lewin back into the eleven:
🔵 | Team news is in – here’s how we line up at West Ham this afternoon. COYB!#WHUEVE pic.twitter.com/hrShtdfUhU
— Everton (@Everton) April 3, 2022
However, there were some noticeable absentees in the form of Andre Gomes and Nathan Patterson.
An explanation for the pair’s absence has sine been provided by Adam Jones of the Liverpool Echo, who stated that the duo have picked up knocks:
Understand both Nathan Patterson and Andre Gomes have picked up knocks, and that’s why they’re unavailable today
No doubt Lampard will say more about that after the game
— Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) April 3, 2022
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