Everton will be looking to increase the pressure on the sides above them this weekend as they travel to face West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Four of the top six will be in FA Cup final action, which provides the hosts with an opportunity to close the gap on the sides above them. A win on Saturday will lift them to 5th in the table for the time being at least and it will further increase the gap that they have over the rest of the league.
Although West Ham are nearly safe, they will be looking for a strong performance after a string of poor displays during recent weeks. After a superb first season under Slaven Bilic, this has been a campaign to forget for the Hammers.
It was meant to be one of progression as they moved to the London Stadium and started the season in the Europa League. However, it quickly turned to disaster and the sale of Dimitri Payet in January underlined that the club weren’t going to push on any further.
Regardless of the long-term future of their manager, this summer will require another rebuild in East London.
On the other hand, Ronald Koeman has enjoyed a superb first season at Goodison Park and he has made Everton the best team outside the top six. They could yet finish in the top six, while a Europa League spot looks all but confirmed.
There were eyebrows raised at a lot of the transfer business they did last summer, but it has paid off, with the capture of Idrissa Gueye being particularly impressive.
They will look to finish the season strongly and carry the positive momentum gained into the summer.
After a run of five straight Premier League defeats, West Ham have taken four points from their last two matches to decrease fears of relegation. However, their performance against Sunderland last weekend suggested that there were still problems to address on the pitch.
The Toffees have won four of their last six league matches, scoring 16 goals in the process.
They have been on fire at Goodison Park and they will expect to score more goals this weekend as Romelu Lukaku pushes on for the golden boot.
However, their away form hasn’t been as good. In fact, they haven’t won on their travels since the end of January and that should provide West Ham with a lot of confidence.
Havard Nordtveit could be the player to come in at right back to replace the suspended Sam Byram, while Diafra Sakho is likely to come in from the cold to start up front.
For the visitors, it is difficult to see Ronald Koeman making any changes after another dominant home performance against Burnley.
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Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio will both miss out with groin and hamstring injuries respectively.
Winston Reid could be back in contention after recovering from a groin injury.
However, Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna and Gokhan Tore will all be on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, Sam Byram will be missing through suspension.
Muhamed Besic and Aaron Lennon are bout doubts for this weekend, while Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Yannick Bolasie remain out injured.
Match Prediction: West Ham 1-3 Everton
Everton have struggled on their travels recently, but West Ham continue to underperform on a weekly basis.
Those three points against Swansea City are looking valuable now as without them, the Hammers could be in real danger of getting relegated.
The Toffees should take the three points this weekend as it is difficult seeing the West Ham defence stopping the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.
This summer is going to be a massive one for the London club and they may need to part ways with popular manager Slaven Bilic.