Premier League Preview: West Brom - Everton
The Toffees have posted wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa thus far but face a Baggies side which has been impressive in beating Liverpool and drawing with Tottenham.
By Chris Teale
Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell
Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt
Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Naismith, Osman, Pienaar
For the Baggies, Peter Odemwingie is reported to be close to making a comeback from a groin injury, but is likely to start on the bench should he prove fit. He could be joined by Jerome Thomas.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku missed the club’s League Cup tie with Yeovil during the week, but should be fit and could start.
Phil Neville is a slight injury doubt for Everton after limping out of the victory over Leyton Orient in midweek, but should be fit in time for this game. Tony Hibbert is doubtful of making the squad.
New signing Kevin Mirallas may have to be content with a place on the bench despite his goal heroics, with Nikica Jelavic in good form and already settled into the Premier League.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- In its last eight Premier League games at the Hawthorns, West Brom has kept six clean sheets.
- Of the Baggies’ current squad, only midfielder Zoltan Gera remains at the club from the 2004-05 season, where they became the first Premier League club in history to be bottom of the table at Christmas but manage to avoid relegation. Gera spent three seasons at Fulham from 2008-2011.
- In the two Premier League games between these sides last season, Everton was victorious both times. At the Hawthorns, the Toffees won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Victor Anichebe (pictured right) in the 87th minute, and won 2-0 in the return fixture thanks to a Gareth McAuley own goal and another from Anichebe.
- These teams also faced each other in the third round of the League Cup at Goodison Park, with Everton securing a 2-1 victory after extra time thanks to a goal from Phil Neville in the 103rd minute.
- Everton is unbeaten in 11 Premier League games, and has won its first two league games for the first time since the 2007-08 season. It last won three in a row in the 1993-94 season.
- The last time an Everton player finished as top goalscorer in English soccer’s top tier was in the 1985-86 season, when Gary Lineker found the net 30 times.
- The nickname of the Toffees was apparently given to Everton after it moved to Goodison Park in 1892, as a business was located nearby in Everton village called Mother Noblett’s, a toffee shop.
- Everton has lost just once in its last 10 games away from home in the Premier League, that defeat being a 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield on March 13.
Top 3 Predictions
West Bromwich 0-2 Everton
- 17.48 %
West Bromwich 1-2 Everton
- 14.69 %
West Bromwich 1-3 Everton
- 10.26 %
|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|
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