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  • 30 January 2013
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Everton - West Brom Preview: Toffees look to boost top-four hopes against out-of-form Baggies

Everton - West Brom Preview: Toffees look to boost top-four hopes against out-of-form Baggies

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Despite drawing their last two league matches, the hosts sit just outside the Champions League spots and will be hoping for a victory against Steve Clarke's side

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

EVERTON
Everton
Howard
Neville, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines
Naismith, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar
Anichebe, Jelavic
WEST BROM
  West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Morrison, Dorrans, Yacob, Brunt
Lukaku, Long

Everton boss David Moyes is set to make a couple of changes from the side that overcome Bolton 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday. Goalscorer Johnny Heitinga could come in to add fresh legs to the backline in place of Sylvain Distin.

Belgium international Kevin Mirallas was forced off through injury in the first-half at the weekend and is set to miss out with Steven Naismith likely to take his place in the starting XI.

Injured duo Tony Hibbert (calf) and Darron Gibson (groin) are both closing in a return to action but remain unavailable.

As for the visitors, Steve Clarke’s players head into the match fresher having not played at the weekend. They drew 2-2 in their last league match after coming from 2-0 down against Aston Villa.

Clarke is unlikely to tinker with his starting line-up too much - the only change could be to bring in Shane Long after his return from injury, possibly in place of Peter Odemwinge with the striker continuing to chase a move to QPR.

Steven Reid is close to a return after being sidelined with a shin injury, but long-term injury absentee Zolton Gera is out for the season.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Everton have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League this season having conceded 26 times - only Manchester City and Chelsea have let in less.

  • Marouane Fellani is the Toffees’ top scorer with nine goals in all competitions for the club so far this season.

  • The meeting between the two sides earlier in the season finished in a 2-0 win to West Brom - thanks to second half goals from Shane Long and Gareth McAuley, (pictured right).

  • The Baggies have not been placed any lower than ninth spot at any point in the league this season - they currently sit eighth.

  • They are winless in their last six matches in all competitions - losing four and drawing two.

  • Romelu Lukaku is West Brom’s leading scorer after finding the back of the net nine times this term.

Players to watch

N. Jelavić

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
The Croatia international has struggled at times this season to replicate the blistering form he showed following his arrival from Rangers during last season’s January transfer window. He still remains one of the club’s greatest goal threats and a goal against the Baggies could spark him into some goalscoring form with the club targeting a Champions League spot.

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

Games: 12

  • 5
  • 1
  • 0
The powerful Belgium international has impressed since joining the club on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. His strength and power make him a tough opponent for opposition defences to stop. With the Baggies playing style including whipping balls in the box, his strength in the air has seen him thrive and he will be hoping to add to his goal tally at Goodison Park.

Editor's Prediction

Everton will be favourites to overcome a West Brom side struggling for results after an impressive start to the season. The Toffees have drawn their last two Premier League games but should have enough to grab a narrow win.

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
71%
16%

Top 3 Predictions

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

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