Everton v’s West Brom – Match preview

Saturday 20th January, Venue: Goodison Park, 3pm kickoff

Analysis :

It is Sam Allardyce 1,000th game as a manager, which is a great achievement.

His Everton side are yet to pick up a point in 2018 so far but I don’t see them losing this one, and a draw is probably a decent result for West Brom too.

Boosted by their January recruits, the Toffees will see this match as an opportunity to turn a poor run of form around.

Theo Walcott will add some much needed pace and will be looking to take advantage of his former team-mate Kieran Gibbs.

West Brom picking up three crucial points against fellow strugglers Brighton last time out and must go into this game with the same positive approach. A win could move Alan Pardew’s side to 17th, should Southampton lose to Tottenham at St Mary’s.

Manager quotes:

Everton manager Sam Allardyce: “We’ve still got a little bit to do to get away from being dragged back into the relegation zone.

“Adding a striker (Cenk Tosun) and attacking wide player (Theo Walcott) will hopefully give us more goals.

“I’ve got to try and revert back to a more defensive structure with the team again and try to get those clean sheets that gave us so many wins when I first came here.”

West Brom head coach Alan Pardew on the club’s interest in new Everton signing Theo Walcott: “If you’re asking me did we discuss Theo, yeah, we did – but it was pretty evident after a few phone calls that it wasn’t going to be the case.”

TEAM NEWS:

Theo Walcott is expected to make his Everton debut following his £20million plus move from Arsenal. His pace and the added strength and attributes of the other January signing Cenk Tuson should give West Brom some problems.

Michael Keane has recovered from a gashed foot, while fellow defender Seamus Coleman is back in full training after a broken leg but is some way from a first-team return.

However it is likely that Luke garbutt will make a return to the Everton starting line up

Craig Dawson and Ahmed Hegazi both face late fitness tests but are expected to be available for West Brom.

Nacer Chadli and James Morrison are likely to remain out for several weeks.

Likely line ups :

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