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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,383) 1st September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

West Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Everton Everton

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West Brom v Everton preview

Toffees in search of third straight win to start the season

Last Updated: 31/08/12 1:24pm

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Kevin Mirallas: Belgium international set to make his Premier League debut for Everton against West Brom

Kevin Mirallas: Belgium international set to make his Premier League debut for Everton against West Brom

Everton are looking for a third straight Premier League win when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on unbeaten West Brom on Saturday.

The Toffees have not won their first three matches of the season in 19 years and three points here would take David Moyes' side level on points at the top of the table going into the international break.

Moyes will be pleased the transfer window has closed without the loss of any key personnel after Mikel Arteta's deadline day exit last year.

And with Belgium international Kevin Mirallas set for his Premier League debut after being involved against Leyton Orient in midweek, Everton look to have more strength in depth than recent years.

But none of that will make an away day against Albion an easy assignment.

Steve Clarke's side have already seen one optimistic Merseyside outfit leave the Black Country pointless after the Baggies' 3-0 win over Liverpool on the opening day.

They followed that up by riding their luck against Tottenham before showing impressive resilience to grab a late equaliser and West Brom will be hopeful of overtaking Everton in the table by 5pm on Saturday.

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West Brom boss Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of several key players before finalising his side.

Defenders Steven Reid, Jonas Olsson and Liam Ridgewell, midfielders James Morrison, Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas plus strikers Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku all missed the midweek Capital One Cup tie at Yeovil.

Four of the eight returned to training on Thursday with Clarke indicating another two joined in on Friday.

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Everton boss David Moyes has a fully-fit squad to select from, with Mirallas in contention for his Premier League bow.

Phil Neville is available despite having to come off towards the end of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup second-round victory over Leyton Orient with a hamstring problem, as is defender Tony Hibbert, who has missed the last two games with a neck injury.

Opta Facts

  • Leon Osman has scored four goals against West Brom in the Premier League.
  • Marouane Fellaini has committed more fouls than any other player in the Premier League this season (10).
  • West Brom have kept six clean sheets in their last eight Premier League games at The Hawthorns.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-4-1-1
  • Foster 1 Foster
  • Reid S 2 Reid S
  • McAuley 23 McAuley
  • Olsson J 3 Olsson J

  • Ridgewell 6 Ridgewell
  • Amalfitano 18 Amalfitano
  • Mulumbu 21 Mulumbu
  • Dorrans 17 Dorrans
  • Brunt 11 Brunt
  • Sessegnon 29 Sessegnon

  • Vydra 20 Vydra

Team taken from West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Howard 24 Howard
  • Coleman 23 Coleman
  • Stones 26 Stones
  • Distin 15 Distin
  • Baines 3 Baines
  • McCarthy 16 McCarthy
  • Barry 18 Barry
  • Deulofeu 10 Deulofeu

  • Naismith 14 Naismith
  • Osman 21 Osman

  • Lukaku 17 Lukaku

Team taken from Everton vs Sunderland (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 12th April 2014


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Table

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 34 77
2 Chelsea 34 75
3 Manchester City 32 70
4 Arsenal 34 67
5 Everton 33 66
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 60
7 Manchester United 33 57
8 Southampton 34 48
9 Newcastle United 34 46
10 Stoke City 34 43
11 West Ham United 34 37
12 Crystal Palace 33 37
13 Hull City 33 36
14 Aston Villa 33 34
15 Swansea City 34 33
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 34 32
18 Fulham 34 30
19 Cardiff City 34 29
20 Sunderland 32 25

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