West Bromwich Albion v Everton FCWest Brom's last 5 domestic results:Tottenham 1-1 West Brom
Monday 20th January 20:00
Premier League match 22
(Olsson)West ham 3-3 West Brom
(Anelka x2, Berahino)West Brom 1-0 Newcastle
(Berahino Pen)West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace
- FA CupSouthampton 1-0 West BromEverton's last 5 domestic results:Everton 0-1 SunderlandEverton 2-1 Southampton
(Coleman, Lukaku)Stoke 1-1 Everton
(Baines Pen)Everton 4-0 QPR
- FA Cup (Barkley, Jelavic x2, Coleman)Everton 2-0 Norwich
West Bromwich Albion
This match is set to be Pepe Mel's first match as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion over a month after Steve Clarke parted ways with the club following a run of 4 straight defeats and an abysmal 2013. Since the Scotsman's departure West Brom have taken 6 points from a possible 15 in the league only losing to Southampton at the weekend in those 5 games. West Brom also were knocked out of the FA Cup at home to fellow Premier League relegation candidates Crystal Palace. West Brom are currently 3 points above the drop-zone in 14th place.
West Brom's top scorer Saido Berahino has scored 3 of his 4 goals from the bench this season. The England Under 21 player has scored more goals from the bench than any other player and has recently forced himself into the starting line up under caretaker Keith Downing. Fellow striker Matej Vydra who was the championship's top scorer last season with Watford has also made an impact from the bench.
Everton extended their unbeaten run to 4 games in all competitions following their blip against Sunderland at home on boxing day. Everton have taken 21 points from their last ten games dropping 2 points to Stoke, Liverpool and Arsenal and 3 points to Sunderland. Only Chelsea (25) and Manchester City (28) have achieved more points in the same space of time.
Everton are holding their own amongst competitors this season. Albeit having played less games than most other top half teams, they have taken the third most amount of points and are 3 points behind Chelsea in this mini league having played two games fewer. Trips to Liverpool and Tottenham are next in line for Everton in terms of playing teams in the top half.
Stats and Injuries
There are no definite casualties for West Brom going into this game as Victor Anichebe
and Goran Popov
are both set to return in this match whilst Billy Jones
and Stephane Sessegnon
could also be fit in time. Everton will definitely be without long term injuries Darron Gibson
and Arouna Kone
whilst Ross Barkley
is set to miss out with suspected broken toe. This could be a game too early for Gerard Deulofeu
whilst Sylvain Distin