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Premier League

  • 30 January 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 31376

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


Neville, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines
Naismith, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar
Anichebe, Jelavic
  West Bromwich Albion
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.


  • 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.


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Available Squads
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
-Phil NevilleMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
11Kevin MirallasStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
20Goran PopovDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
6Liam RidgewellDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
24Shane LongStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
Nikica Jelavic
Nikica Jelavic
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
5 3 2 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.
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
5 2 0 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.
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.
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