Author: Tony MacDonald
2016/17 Premier League
Published: 16:12 31/08/2014
West Bromwich Albion play host to Everton at the Hawthorns on Saturday 13th September when the Premier League resumes after the international break.
Both sides are looking to bounce back after defeats last time out and Baggies fans can earn themselves up to £100 free bet at Ladbrokes when taking the current best price of 3/1 on a home win.
The Throstles are still looking for their first win of the campaign after draws with Sunderland and Southampton, before slumping to a 3-0 defeat away to Swansea last time out. Indeed Albion needed Extra Time and penalties to overcome Oxford Utd in the Capital One Cup, albeit with a somewhat weakened side.
The early indications point to a difficult season ahead and building momentum at the Hawthorns will be vital to how West Brom get on in the league. It's no secret that WBA don't travel well and no goals scored on the road in four Premier League outings is a stat that won't sit comfortably with the Albion faithful.
There are some positives to draw on though, West Brom are unbeaten at home in this campaign and a result against the Toffees would restore confidence in the squad ahead of some favourable home fixtures against newly promoted Burnley, out-of-sorts Man Utd, before the visit of Crystal Palace. However, sandwiched between those games are testing trips to Spurs and Liverpool, further highlighting Albion's need to pick up points at home to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap.
On the eve of the transfer window closing, Alan Irvine looks unlikely to add to the 11 new faces at the club and only time will tell if his signings will improve the fortunes of the club. Sebastian Blanco would seem the final arrival of the summer then, having joined from Metalist Kharkiv for an undisclosed fee. Irvine has talked up the Argentinian's ability stating that "He’s adept with both feet, is a nice crosser of the ball, creates chances and also scores goals." Albion fans will no doubt be hoping he lives up to his billing and can quickly gel with the squad.
WBA's vistors Everton, were on the wrong end of a 3-6 scoreline at home to Chelsea in their last match, which has undoubtedly been the most entertaining game of the season so far. West Brom will be hoping that defensive frailties remain and there is a case for there being a few goals in this match too.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of West Brom's last 6 home games in the Premier League, a stat which also applies to Everton's last three matches. West Brom have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches in front of a home crowd and will need to be solid at the back against Everton who have found the net at least twice in their last 5 Premier League outings.