West Brom v Everton preview
Toffees in search of third straight win to start the season
Last Updated: August 31, 2012 1:24pm
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 13 Myhill
- 2 Reid S
- 23 McAuley
- 3 Olsson J
- 6 Ridgewell
- 7 Morrison
- 5 Yacob
- 18 Amalfitano
- 11 Brunt
- 38 Berahino
- 9 Long
Team taken from West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 4th December 2013
- 24 Howard
- 23 Coleman
- 6 Jagielka
- 15 Distin
- 8 Oviedo
- 18 Barry
- 16 McCarthy
- 11 Mirallas
- 20 Barkley
- 22 Pienaar
- 17 Lukaku
Team taken from Everton vs Manchester United (Barclays Premier League) on Wednesday 4th December 2013
Barclays Premier League
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|17||West Ham United||14||13|
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