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The Hawthorns | 1st January 2012 12:30

West Brom v Everton

Team News (new)




Midfield trio Marouane Fellaini (abductor), Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring) all missed the Boxing Day draw with Sunderland on Wearside.

Their absence meant Sylvain Distin made his first league start since October at the heart of the Blues defence. 

Yossouf Mulumbu was withdrawn in the final stages of Albion's impressive stalemate with league leaders Manchester City on Boxing Day and the midfielder will have a scan on a groin injury.

Talented midfielder James Morrison missed the game against City with a hamstring problem but could return on New Year's Day.

Form (new)




Everton are now unbeaten in their last three Premier League games after a Leighton Baines penalty earned a draw against Sunderland.

The Blues' latest point edged them into the top half of the table - they start the final weekend of 2011 10th in the Premier League.

A sequence of just one defeat in five matches has lifted Albion to ninth in the league just a point clear of Everton.

Roy Hodgson's men followed up away wins at Blackburn and Newcastle with a goalless draw against Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Match Stats (new)




1. In seven managerial league meetings between David Moyes and Roy Hodgson only one game has been won by the away side - Everton's 2-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage in May 2009.

2. West Brom have only won one of their last five matches at the Hawthorns - a 2-1 victory over struggling Bolton in November.

3. West Brom have scored the fewest home goals in the Premier League this season.

4. Only Liverpool and the Premier League's top three have conceded fewer goals than Everton's 20 this term.

Last Meeting (new)



EVERTON 2-1 WEST BROM AET (Wednesday 21 September 2011): A rare Phil Neville goal helped Everton past West Brom and into the fourth round of the Carling Cup earlier this season at Goodison Park. Chris Brun't penalty gave Albion the lead before a fine equaliser from Marouane Fellaini. Neville's curling effort in the first half of extra time proved decisive.

Classic Match (new)




WEST BROM 1-2 EVERTON (Saturday 12 April 2003): Everton's first ever Premier League win at the Hawthorns came in April 2003 and after just 19 minutes David Moyes was sent to the stands for contesting a penalty which was converted by Igor Balis. Albion then contributed to their own demise with some poor defending that saw David Weir and Kevin Campbell both net for the visitors in the first half.

What They Say



JONAS OLSSON (WBA defender) on Albion's poor home form: "We have been struggling a biit at home this season but now we've got a break at home, hopefully we can follow it up by putting in another good performance against Everton on New Year's Day."

LEIGHTON BAINES (Everton defender) on the trip to the Hawthorns:  "It's always tough down at the Hawthorns.We have ground out a couple of decent results in the past. We know it will be a tough game but we are confident that we can win it."

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