With only a few Premier League games to take place this weekend, the standout fixture on Saturday is the clash between two in-form sides fighting for a European spot. Everton will host West Brom at Goodison Park, and a win for either side will seriously help secure a place in Europe.
Both sides suffered a blip in their last league outings, with Spurs beating Everton 3-2 and West Brom surprisingly falling to a 2-0 home defeat to strugglers Crystal Palace.
Incredibly, both side have identical win/draw/loss records in their last 6 fixtures respectively, picking up 3 wins, 2 draws and 1 defeat in the same game-weeks as each other. The Baggies have the edge over Everton with a record of 68 wins, 37 draws and 59 defeats in their history against the Merseyside outfit.
West Brom maybe without the services of Matt Phillips, a key player who has been a big part of West Brom’s strong campaign this season. He is expected to have a late fitness test before the game.
Whilst Everton have no new injury concerns, worry further surrounds Toffee fans of keeping their best assets for the long term, with Ashley Williams the latest Everton man to be in the news for making an exit from Merseyside along with manager Ronald Koeman and striker Romelu Lukaku.
Key battles on the pitch include Baggies striker Salomon Rondon and Everton centre back Ashley Williams. At the other end, in-form Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku will be tested against the experienced and goal-scoring centre half Gareth McAuley.
Everton: Robles (GK), Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Davies, Barkley, Lukaku
West Brom: Foster (GK), Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Brunt, Morrison, Fletcher, Chadli, McClean, Rondon