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Everton vs West Bromwich Albion

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be on the hunt for more goals after ending the barren run with which he ended last season

Everton hope to build on their impressive start to the new season when newly-promoted West Bromwich Albion visit Goodison Park for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League.

The Toffees followed up their stirring 1-0 win at Tottenham with a comfortable victory in the second round of the Carabao Cup, although the triumph over Salford City was achieved with just two the starters from the weekend.

Michael Keane marshalled the defence with authority and grabbed the opening goal while Lucas Digne was required to step off the bench to replace Jarrad Branthwaite when the young centre-half was forced off with an injury after just 24 minutes.

Both players will be back in the side for the visit of the Baggies, with Carlo Ancelotti expected to restore the entire XI that started against Spurs. That would mean home debuts for Allan, Abdoulaye Doucouré and James Rodriguez, all three of whom will have had the benefit of an extra week training with their new team-mates.

Not that there was any hint of unfamiliarity about Everton in North London on Sunday. Ancelotti’s men put on a performance of pleasing cohesion and effectiveness and the Italian will be looking for more of the same this weekend.

In terms of formation, it will surely be a case of “same again”, with James playing down the right, Allan sitting in front of the back four and Doucouré supporting André Gomes in a more dynamic, box-to-box role.

It is unclear whether Fabian Delph or Alex Iwobi, both of whom have been missing since pre-season with suspected soft-tissue injuries, will be passed fit to take spots on the bench but Branthwaite’s injury means that Lewis Gibson will likely be called into the squad as defensive cover.

West Brom had a chastening re-introduction to the top flight after a two-year absence when they met Leicester for a Midlands derby at the Hawthorns on Sunday. A 3-0 defeat, by way of a debut goal for Timothy Castagne and a brace of penalties by Jamie Vardy underlined, perhaps, the struggle that the Baggies will have to stay up this season.

A general lack of cutting edge up front is something Slaven Bilic is hoping to rectify before the transfer window closes next month and although he has just added Conor Gallagher on loan from Chelsea (it’s not clear whether he will be eligible for this weekend) and veteran Branislav Ivanovic, who won’t be ready to play just yet.

Nevertheless, Bilic does have players capable of producing in attack. All three of his new permanent acquisitions, Matheus Pereira, Callum Robinson and Grady Diangana, caused Leicester some problems before the Foxes eventually ran away with it but the Croatian will no doubt return to Goodison charging his players with generally being disciplined and hard to break down.

Those are the kinds of teams that Everton have had problems breaking down in the past but the hope and expectation is that this new-look Toffees side will have the guile and creativity to prise open even the most stubborn of defences. In that regard, it will certainly be an early test of the Blues’ new line-up but one which Ancelotti will be confident the players can pass if they perform the same way they did at Spurs.

Kick-off: 12:30pm, Saturday 19 September, 2020
Referee: Mike Dean
VAR: Simon Hooper
Last Time: Everton 1 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Allan, Doucouré, Gomes, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

 


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 Posted
18/09/2020 at
02:37:09

I didn’t realize Ivanovic signed for West Brom. I guess that dream is dead (yes, I’m being sarcastic).

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
04:16:02

I feel like I did just before a second date with a girl I really liked when I was a kid. The 1st one went better than I’d imagined & I’m thinking this could be the one but trying not to get carried away this early on.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
04:30:24

Paul we can but dream that this is our time.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
04:54:03

Paul – she was the one… right?

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
04:59:21

All out smash them!

Run riot and really make a statement of intent. It was fixtures against promoted teams that generated some of the worst results last season.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
06:23:43

Dave #4. She certainly was mate. That was 33 years ago. She’s a Kiwi so I now live in NZ.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
07:07:06

Can’t disagree with your preview and team prediction, LL. If things are going alright with about 15-20 mins to go, would like to see Nkounkou given an introduction (and rest Digne), Gordon as well, and another opportunity for Kean to show what he can do.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
07:18:38

I suppose it’s easy to carried away after such a good start, but when you look at our fixtures up to when we play THEM, they are all winnable games.

I must admit to also getting carried along on that wave of euphoria and expectation, but this time it DOES feel different.

We have a Manager that hitherto we could only have dreamt about, and 3 outstanding players, 2 of whom, would never have considered us, had Carlo not been there. A win tomorrow will see us at the top of the, albeit early League Table, maybe that will just spur us on even further to stay there.

COYB

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
07:43:09

Derek – a win at Villa last season would also have put us top of the early league table and look what happened! No deja vu I hope!

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
07:43:30

I hope we can get a striker in before the window closes. We are very light in that department.
Would love to see a massive win here but this is Everton, hope for the best prepare for the worst. 5-0 should see us sitting pretty at the top of the table for the weekend. COYB

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
08:04:26

Martin@9, don’t remind me, lol, we do have a propensity for making the achievable difficult, but as I said before, I do honestly believe it is different this time. We have a decent first eleven and a few good back-ups, and above all a decent Manager who abhors mediocrity.

Geoff@10, yes, I share your wish, but to get more than a striker on board, early doors and two games and a pre-season, have seen 2 CB’s injured already.

We are dangerously thin on the ground in that department as it is, and when you think the unthinkable, should (God forbid) any of our new stars suffer similar, do we have like for like?

Of course as it has been mentioned numerous times, I think Carlo knows who he wants and who he wants to get rid of, but because of the profligacy of his predecessors, an almost Herculean Task!

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
08:12:55

Same as last week, change nothing

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
08:16:24

The same team as against Spurs if possible. The same commitment and may be even more goals. Let those who let us down last season look on and seen what it means to the fans to have a full team wanting to win without shirkers.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
08:23:22

I think we will be far too strong for the Albion. I am not getting ahead of myself but I expect Richarlison to put away similar chances that he missed last week and in this game I expect him to have plenty.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
09:17:48

The last time I remember our opening 2 games being against Spurs and West Brom was 84-85, the season we stepped out of the shadows despite losing them both. It’s definitely time for a change in our fortunes.

 Posted
18/09/2020 at
10:10:50

Must be one of those very rare occasions in recent times where there’s not likely to be much debate about the line up. Same again please…

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