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  • 1 January 2012
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West Brom - Everton Preview: Goal-shy Baggies seeking third home win of the season against the Toffees

West Brom - Everton Preview: Goal-shy Baggies seeking third home win of the season against the Toffees

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Roy Hodgson will want his side to continue their impressive run of seven points from three matches, while adding to their seven goals at the Hawthorns, the fewest in the League


PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey
Brunt, Scharner, Dorrans, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie

EVERTON

 
Howard
Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines
Osman, Neville, Heitinga, Drenthe
Cahill
Saha

Youssouf Mulumbu is missing for West Brom with a groin strain but there is good news for Roy Hodgson with James Morrison fit again after missing the last two games through knee/hamstring injuries, although he may not be thrown straight back into the starting line-up, so Graham Dorrans could be handed a start.

Steven Reid is out with his ankle/knee injury but Somen Tchoyi returns to the squad having missed the past three games due to family reasons.

Marouane Fellaini will miss the trip for Everton with an adductor strain, but Jack Rodwell, who has missed most of the past month with a hamstring strain, could be set to return after training this week.

Seamus Coleman has a thigh injury and Landon Donovan is not yet eligible to play for the Toffees.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • West Brom did the double over Everton last year with a 1-0 home win coming on the back of a 4-1 win at Goodison Park. In 2005 West Brom also registered a 4-0 win at home.
  • However, while the Baggies have won four away games this term, they have only won twice at The Hawthorns so far, losing five times at home.
  • Paul Scharner has scored five of his 20 Premier League goals against Everton.
  • Last year the two matches between the sides saw three red cards with Mikel Arteta, Youssouf Mulumbu and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov all receiving their marching orders, although Mulumbu scored in both matches.
  • No Everton player has scored more than three goals this season, with Leighton Baines (pictured right) joining Leon Osman and Apostolos Vellios on that total. For West Brom, Shane Long has five league goals and Peter Odemwingie has four.
  • Everton have won three of their eight away matches and have only conceded 10 goals on the road.
  • They have not beaten any of the sides who are currently in the top half of the table.
  • A win against ninth-placed West Brom would see them leapfrog the Baggies.
  • The Toffees have won once in their last five matches with a tally of three goals scored and four conceded.
  • Everton have 62 all-time wins to West Brom’s 57, but at the Hawthorns they have struggled, the Baggies boasting 38 league wins compared to just 16 for Everton, with 17 ending as draws.
  • Everton have already beaten West Brom this season after winning in the third round of the League Cup with a 2-1 victory secured in extra-time at Goodison Park. Chris Brunt scored a penalty just before the hour mark but Marouane Fellaini levelled the score right at the end and Phil Neville scored a 103rd minute winner.

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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
36Gonzalo JaraDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
3Leighton BainesDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
18Phil NevilleDefender
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
17Jack RodwellMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
7Diniyar BilyaletdinovMidfielder
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
Players to Watch
Chris Brunt
Chris Brunt
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
West Brom’s captain has led from the front with goals, assists and sterling defensive work, although he would like to forget that horrible penalty against Aston Villa. With cover in central midfield he will look to support the front two and try to join in the attacks as Everton are not an easy side to break down.
Tim Cahill
Tim Cahill
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Australian scored against West Brom last season but for some reason he has been unable to find the back of the net this campaign despite normally being a reliable source of goals. With his place in the side no longer guaranteed now might be the time to finally get off the mark for the season.
Prediction
A clash between two teams with excellent defensive records and plenty of holding midfielders does not suggest a game littered with chances, and Everton could leave the Hawthorns with a second successive 1-1 draw away from home.
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