Premier League: Everton v West Brom match preview
look ahead to tonight's Premier League meeting at Goodison Park
Wednesday 30 January 2013
Having only lost once in their last ten, Everton will be looking to keep the pressure on Tottenham, as the battle to finish in the top four heats up.
After starting the season in spectacular fashion, West Brom have been brought down to earth recently, losing six of their last ten games. Steve Clarke’s team will hope to put things right with a positive result tonight.
Kevin Mirallas is almost a certainty to miss the game, after limping off in the win against Bolton, his first game since returning from injury. Darren Gibson and Seamus Coleman aren’t expected back just yet and Leroy Fer should complete his deal from Twente later in the week, so his debut may be on the weekend.
West Brom have doubts over the fitness Claudio Yacob, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Steven Reid and Shane Long. Peter Odemwingie could play despite rife speculation and tweets of discontent from the striker about a rejected transfer to QPR.
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
West Brom 2 (Long, McAuley) Everton 0, Premier League, September 2012
Everton 2 (McAuley OG, Anichebe) West Brom 0, Premier League, March 2012
West Brom 0 Everton 1 (Anichebe) Premier League, January 2012
Everton boast a proud home record this term, recording five wins, five draws and only one defeat from eleven games.
West Brom last beat Everton at Goodison Park (4-1) in 2010-11, a season in which they also did the double over the Toffees.
Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic will be hoping for a change in fortune, having not scored in his last seven league games.
On-loan Chelsea teenager Romelu Lukaku leads the line for Baggies, scoring a team high nine goals in the league this season.
Everton to win: 1.55
West Brom to win: 6.00
The 4-1 away win to West Brom in November 2010 saw five different goalscorers and two red cards. The culprits were Youssouf Mulumbu, who was also on the scoresheet and Mikel Arteta.
TV: BBC 1, 10.30pm
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