Boxing Day match KO 3pm, Venue: The Hawthorns
Match preview :
Everton: A tough nut to crack under Big Sam Allardyce!
Sam Allardyce was appointed as Everton’s manager just a day after Pardew was confirmed as Tony Pulis’ successor but he has enjoyed a far more successful start at Everton than the West Brom manager.
Everton were 18th in the table when Allardyce arrived but after collecting 11 points from a possible 15 under his management, they have shot up to ninth.
After Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea,
Allardyce said: “We are well satisfied with a point moving forward with an undefeated run intact, four clean sheets out of six and we go on to try and develop more and try and be better in possession.”
A different story for Pardew, a 3-1 defeat to Stoke City on Saturday means that West Brom remain in the relegation zone, 19th in the Premier League table with Pardew still awaiting his first win after five matches in charge.
Head to Head :
The Baggies have lost their last three home Premier League games against Everton, last beating them at the Hawthorns in September 2012 (2-0).
However it hasn’t been plain sailing for Everton having to come from behind to win on their last two Premier League visits to the Hawthorns
One record must go – The Toffees’ current run of three consecutive away wins vs West Brom is their best current run in the competition, but West Brom have lost each of their last three Boxing Day games – they’ve never lost four in a row.
Team News :
Everton’s Idrissa Gueye looks set to miss the trip to The Hawthorns with a hamstring problem sustained in the last game against Chelsea.
Speaking about Gana’s injury and squad
“The disappointing thing about an injury now is he misses four games even if he is back in two weeks.” Said the blues boss .
And with the trio of Williams, Holgate and Rooney were left out of the starting line up in the Chelsea clash with flu. Top scorer Wayne Rooney could be ready to return to the starting line up Today, and Williams likely to step back in so Jagielka can be rested with Holgate likely to remain on the bench.
Could Bolasie finally play some part in today’s game after being named on the bench in the last game?
Likely line ups :