West Ham v Everton preview: Romelu Lukaku aims to continue scoring streak

Carroll's attempt at a volley fell fortunately into the path of Andre Ayew, who stole in to open the scoring but in making the action, the West Ham forward strained his abductor. Everton will face a third qualifying round in late July should they remain seventh but while welcoming a place in Europa and the extra demands on next season's fixture schedule, Koeman insists a fifth- or sixth-placed finish is a credible target.

Everton harbour ambitions of qualifying for Europe, though they have played two more games than Arsenal, with whom they are level on points.

West Ham are without long-term injury victim Michail Antonio and fellow midfielder Sam Byram, who was sent off at Sunderland last Saturday.

The back injury the Senegalese has, which ultimately ruined the move to the Hawthorns, is the reason the player has missed the majority of this year's Premier League campaign.

"I've got Scott Dann, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Damien Delaney and Martin Kelly, so actually in central defence we're looking pretty secure", Allardyce said.

Andy Carroll is a doubt for West Ham because of the recurrence of a groin injury, meaning Diafra Sakho could make his first start since November.

Everton haven't lost away to West Ham in the Premier League since April 2007, winning six of the last eight (D2).

Enner Valencia can't play for Everton as he is on loan from the Hammers. "But now I don't think about that, I think about Everton and Everton only". After a torrid run of results saw them drop perilously close to the relegation zone, they have taken four points from their last two games and now sit within touching distance of the top half.

Romeu Lukaku has scored in each of his nine previous appearances against West Ham for Everton.

"We have five games left and there are 15 points available".

"It's his adductor muscle again, " said manager Slaven Bilic. Nowadays you have five of them, plus it's like National Basketball Association, a lot of players have their own physios and nutritionists - that's why so many are maintaining to play at the top level or even improving, and they prolong their careers'.

After claiming West Ham have a five-year deal prepared for Inzaghi, the newspaper then concentrates on how Lazio can keep Inzaghi.

  • Rosalie Stanley