Everton - West Bromwich Albion Preview: David Moyes' men looking to progress to the next round of the League Cup
The Toffees have had a positive start to their Premier League campaign despite losing their opening game, while their opponents are rooted to the bottom of the table
By Adithya Ananth
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Rodwell, Drenthe
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Reid, Dawson, Olsson, Shorey
Thomas, Mulumbu, Scharner, Morrison
Everton boss David Moyes has to make do without Victor Anichebe, who sustained a groin injury during Nigeria's clash against Madagascar during the international break. The forward is not expected to return until December. The Scot has everyone else available for the League Cup tie at Goodison Park.
He may choose to continue ignoring Louis Saha as the pair have had a difficult relationship in recent times, and could field Apostolos Vellios up front after the Greek scored in the win over Wigan.
Roy Hodgson might very well field a strong squad for this one, since his players are at the bottom of the Premier League and a victory over the Merseyside club might raise morale.
Gabriel Tamas is suspended for this fixture after accepting a charge of violent conduct concerning an incident involving James Vaughan during the game against Norwich City.
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- Everton have never won the League Cup in their history, but were runners-up in 1977 and 1984.
- The Toffees have won four cup games against these opponents, but have also lost four against them.
- In all competitions, however, the Merseysiders have a very slight advantage, having beaten the Baggies 61 times while losing on 57 occasions.
- West Bromwich Albion are currently at the bottom of the Premier League, whereas the hosts have had a relatively decent start to their campaign and are in seventh place - having played a game less than all other teams except Tottenham.
- The Baggies had their solitary League Cup triumph in 1966. They came close again in 1967 and 1970, but fell to a defeat in the final on both occasions.
- In cup games, West Brom have scored nine goals against Everton, conceding 12 times in the process.
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Top 3 Predictions
Everton 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 24.29 %
Everton 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
- 12.86 %
Everton 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
- 12.86 %
|Premier League (EPL)||20 Jan 2014||West Bromwich Albion 1 - Everton 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||24 Aug 2013||Everton 0 - West Bromwich Albion 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||30 Jan 2013||Everton 2 - West Bromwich Albion 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||1 Sep 2012||West Bromwich Albion 2 - Everton 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||31 Mar 2012||Everton 2 - West Bromwich Albion 0|
|16 Apr 2014||Everton 2 - Crystal Palace 3||EPL|
|12 Apr 2014||Sunderland 0 - Everton 1||EPL|
|6 Apr 2014||Everton 3 - Arsenal FC 0||EPL|
|30 Mar 2014||Fulham 1 - Everton 3||EPL|
|25 Mar 2014||Newcastle United 0 - Everton 3||EPL|
The Dutchman came on as a substitute for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in the last game against Wigan Athletic, and capped a good performance with a late goal. The Real Madrid loanee will want to build on that performance and challenge for a regular spot in the starting line-up.
The Irishman has had an impressive start since joining in the summer fromReading to join Roy Hodgon. He will likely have to be on his game if the visitors are to ensure progression in the competition.
Historically speaking, there is not a lot separating the two teams, but the fact that the Toffees are doing well when compared to their opposition, coupled with home advantage in this fixture, makes them the favourites.
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