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  • 31 March 2012
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  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
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Everton - West Brom Preview: Moyes targets three points to leapfrog Liverpool in the league

Everton - West Brom Preview: Moyes targets three points to leapfrog Liverpool in the league

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The Baggies travel to Merseyside for a fixture which has seen a red card on the last three occasions and have the opportunity to close the four-point gap from ninth to 14th


PROBABLE LINEUPS


EVERTON


Howard
Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines
Osman, Gibson, Fellaini, Gueye
Cahill
Jelavic
WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell
Tchoyi, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt
Long, Odemwingie

Although Phil Jagielka returned to action by coming off the bench in Everton's FA Cup tie with Sunderland, David Moyes is likely to stick with the back line which has been serving him well in recent weeks.

The Toffees have recently been without midfield trio Seamus Coleman (thigh), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Royston Drenthe, but all three are close to a return and could be in contention for a place on the bench.

Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, is also without key midfielders, with Jerome Thomas, Graham Dorran (both hamstring) and James Morrison (knee ligament) all unavailable.

This is on top of the extended lay-offs for Steven Reid (ankle) and Zolton Gera (knee) who are unlikely to feature again this season.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The last three meetings between these sides have seen a red card shown.
  • Tim Cahill (pictured right) has scored on West Brom's last two Premier League visits to Goodison Park.
  • Leighton Baines is Everton's top scorer with just four goals.
  • West Brom have only lost two of their last nine games on the road.
  • In Everton's last four home games they have only conceded one goal, a run which has included heavyweights Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
  • 22 per cent of West Brom's goals have been as a result of corners, the highest percentage in the Premier League.

Players to watch

T. Cahill

Position: Midfielder

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The talismanic Australian has not been as prolific as previous seasons in front of goal, but the midfielder enjoys scoring against the Baggies and he could make the difference in this tie.

S. Long

Position: Attacker

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The forward came on to replace a disappointing Keith Andrews during the 3-1 defeat to Newcastle United and managed to get the one consolation goal in the game.

He could be in line for a start at Goodison Park and has been exhibiting his quality in spurts this season as he pushes for a place in the Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad.

Editor's Prediction

Moyes' men have not been high scoring this season but since the turn of the year their defence has been impressive and has shut out even the top teams. The game will likely represent this and it should be a low-scoring tie which will swing in Everton's favour.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Everton

West Bromwich Albion

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Draw
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion
82%

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
Everton FC EVE
3 - 1
West Bromwich Albion FC WBA

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