West Brom vs Everton: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Hawthorns

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Both teams will be looking to bounce back from disappointing results in their last games and pick up their first win of the season.

West Brom were comfortably beaten by Swansea last time out and manager Alan Irvine will be expecting a reaction from his players. Joleon Lescott, Cristian Gamboa and Sebastian Blanco could be set for their debuts, after coming through a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier in the week.

Saido Berahino has seemingly recovered from his problems last season, being the only player to score for West Brom in this campaign. He then followed this up with a brace for England under 21’s on Tuesday and Everton will have earmarked him as the man to watch.

Roberto Martinez will have to decide whether to stick with the same defence that had six goals put past them by in-form Chelsea. Everton have equalled a Premier League record by conceding ten goals in the opening three games and are still looking for their first victory.

Steven Naismith will look to continue his good form, as his partnership with record signing Romelu Lukaku continues to grow, scoring three goals in three games for the Toffees. Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo both featured in a friendly during the week, which is a boost for Martinez but neither will be available for this weekend.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Brom 1 (Lugano) Everton 1 (Mirallas), January 2014

Everton 0 West Brom 0, August 2013

Everton 2 (Baines 2) West Brom 1 (Long)

STATS…

West Brom's joint-biggest Premier League home win was a 4-0 drubbing of Everton in November 2005

Everton have only managed one clean sheet in eight previous Barclays Premier League trips to The Hawthorns

Steven Naismith has scored three goals from three shots on target this season

Seven of the last 10 league games at The Hawthorns have ended level, with the Baggies winning one and losing two

Romelu Lukaku is still to score a Premier League goal for a club that owns him; his 32 to date have all come whilst out on loan

ODDS…

West Brom to win: 3.6

Everton to win: 2.15

Draw: 3.4

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.50pm.

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