With four points from their last two Premier League matches, West Ham have enjoyed a revival in form and have significantly boosted their survival hopes.
Although the Hammers boast a nine-point advantage over the drop zone, Slaven Bilic’s side are still not mathematically safe and face a difficult run-in over the next few weeks.
A big challenge has presented itself this weekend, as West Ham host high-flying Everton at the London Stadium and will look to end the Toffees’ remarkable run of form.
Ronald Koeman’s side boast an abundance of top-class talent and West Ham’s Argentine midfielder Manuel Lanzini has revealed he’s wary of the threat posed by Ross Barkley, telling the club’s official website:
“Ross Barkley is a very good player. I don’t think he is thinking about the pressure people are putting on him, because there was a lot of pressure on him last week and he played really well against Hull City.”
“He has a good touch, good finishing and good recovery, so he is a very good player. I don’t think the pressure is a bad thing for him.”
Barkley’s clash with Lanzini in the middle of the park is likely to be a key-battle for the two sides in their search of victory, in what should be a very intriguing affair.