Toffees look to continue winning streak against struggling Baggies – Everton v West Bromwich Albion Preview

Everton host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, with the Toffees hoping to a make it three league wins on the trot for the first time this season.

The Blues defeated Stoke City 3-0 at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday, which followed another 3-0 victory, this time over Newcastle the preceding Wednesday.

Roberto Martinez’s men currently sit in eighth position in the table on 35 points, after 25 games, 12 points off Manchester City in fourth and the final Champions League position.

The Toffees’ home form has been very inconsistent so far this campaign with four wins, four draws and five defeats.  While 27 goals scored in those 13 games is impressive, Martinez’s side have also conceded 22, including four against Stoke, three against Manchester United and Leciester City respectively.

The Baggies, meanwhile, were defeated 1-0 away to Newcastle United last Saturday, and have now gone five Premier League games without a victory.

Tony Pulis’ men sit in 14th in the standings on 29 points after 25 games, only six off Norwich in 18th.

The midlands side have recorded three victories  on the road this season,  defeating Stoke, Aston Villa and Norwich all 1-0, but all those wins came in the early part of the season, and the Baggies are now winless in their last seven away Premier League fixtures since that victory over the Canaries in October.

When the two sides met earlier this season at the Hawthorns, the Blues ran out 3-2 winners after coming from 2-0 down early in the second half to claim all three points, which included two goals from top-scorer Romelu Lukaku.

Last seasons corresponding fixture at Goodison ended 0-0, while the Toffees won 2-0 at the Hawthorns.

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In team news, Roberto Martinez is expected to stick with the side that defeated Stoke last weekend. Tim Howard and John Stones are set to return to the squad from injury for the game, but are expected to have to settle for a place on the bench along with Leighton Baines who has been rested lately.

West Brom will be without defender Jonny Evans with a hamstring injury, while fellow defender Gareth McAuley is a doubt. Midfielders Chris Brunt, James Morrison and Callum McManaman are all ruled out of the fixture through injury.

Form Guide: Everton (L-L-W-W-W)  West Brom (D-D-D-L-D)

Expected Starting XIs

Everton: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Mori, Oviedo; Barry, McCarthy; Lennon, Barkley, Cleverly; Lukaku.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Chester, Dawson, Olsson; Gamboa, Yacob, Sandro, Fletcher, McClean; Anichebe, Rondon.

Martin Carter

Graphic courtesy of www.Sporticos.com

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