Premier League preview: West Brom - Everton
Hosts welcome Tim Howard and Everton to The Hawthorns as they look to secure their first top half Premier League finish
By Ryan Benson
West Brom (4-3-3): Carson; Zuiverloon, Olsson, Tamas, Shorey; Mulumbu, Scharner, Tchoyi; Thomas, Fortune, Odemwingie.
The hosts will be without the services of Graham Dorrans (ankle) again, but Roy Hodgson could welcome back several players from injury and Paul Scharner could return from his suspension, whilst Pablo Ibanez remains sidelined.
Marek Cech, Steven Reid, Chris Brunt and Gianni Zuiverloon were all welcomed back to training this week and all could feature, with the latter likely to start at right back should he be deemed fit enough, otherwise expect to see Reid start in the right fullback berth after Gonzalo Jara’s poor performance in the last match against Wolves.
Everton (4-5-1): Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Heitinga, Arteta, Neville, Osman; Beckford.
For the trip to The Hawthorns David Moyes will have almost a full squad available for selection, with the only notable absentees being Louis Saha and Marouane Fellaini.
Tim Cahill will likely continue his role of being used as a substitute after he revealed he is very much playing through the pain after being told just three weeks ago that he would not play again this season, whilst John Heitinga should start in midfield once again after making a successful comeback from injury in the win over Manchester City in Everton’s last fixture.
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In the league this season, Everton has conceded just five goals in the final 15 minutes of matches.
West Brom holds the record for consecutive Premier League matches without a clean sheet after conceding in every one of its last 34 games.
The Toffees have lost two of their last three visits to The Hawthorns.
In the Premier League, Everton has won five of the nine matches against the Baggies, whilst West Brom has three victories to its name with there being just the one draw, which was played out at Goodison Park on May 7, 2006.
The highest scoring match ever between these two came on September 17, 1966, a 5-4 win for hosts Everton.
West Brom’s Nigerian international striker Peter Odemwingie (pictured right) has scored in each of his last five Premier League matches, a record no one else in the league can match, and should he find the net on Saturday he will beat his own personal best goal tally of 15.
After winning the Premier League Player of the Month award for April, the Nigerian joined an elite list of players who had won the award more than once in a season, with the others being Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry, Ashley Young, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney.
In their last six matches in all competitions, Everton has lost just once, with that game finishing 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford back on April 23.
In West Brom’s last six games it has lost two, won three and drawn once, with the victories coming against Arsenal, Sunderland and Aston Villa.
Top 3 Predictions
West Bromwich 2-1 Everton
- 15 %
West Bromwich 9-9 Everton
- 10.91 %
West Bromwich 1-2 Everton
- 10.46 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 30, 2013||Everton 2 - West Bromwich 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 1, 2012||West Bromwich 2 - Everton 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Mar 31, 2012||Everton 2 - West Bromwich 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 1, 2012||West Bromwich 0 - Everton 1|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Sep 21, 2011||Everton 2 - West Bromwich 1|
|May 19, 2013||West Bromwich 5 - Manchester United 5||EPL|
|May 12, 2013||Norwich City 4 - West Bromwich 0||EPL|
|May 7, 2013||Manchester City 1 - West Bromwich 0||EPL|
|May 4, 2013||West Bromwich 2 - Wigan Athletic 3||EPL|
|Apr 27, 2013||Southampton 0 - West Bromwich 3||EPL|
|30||Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş||Defender|