Everton v West Brom
Everton welcome back Steven Pienaar after the on-loan South African was cup-tied for the FA Cup quarter-final replay win at Sunderland. Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Seamus Coleman (thigh) are yet to return to action, having both missed the last four games. Royston Drenthe has missed Everton's last two games.
West Brom could be without midfielder James Morrison (knee), but Graham Dorrans (hamstring) resumed training earlier this week. Jerome Thomas (hamstring) came off at half-time in the 3-1 defeat to Newcastle, but has also been in training since. Chris Brunt is likely to be available after suffering with tonsilitis, whilst Marton Fulop has missed the last three games due to chicken pox.
Everton: WWLDLW. Sunderland (a), FA Cup, won 2-0; Swansea (a), won 2-0; Arsenal (h), lost 1-0; Sunderland (h), FA Cup, drew 1-1; Liverpool (a), lost 3-0; Tottenham (h), won 1-0.
West Brom: LDLWWW. Newcastle (h), lost 3-1; Wigan Athletic (a), drew 1-1; Manchester United (a), lost 2-0; Chelsea (h), won 1-0; Sunderland (h), won 4-0; Wolves (a), won 5-1.
1) The two teams have played each other 154 times in all competitions, with the Toffees leading the head-to-head record with 63 wins to 57 by the Baggies.
2) Bristol City are the club that links both David Moyes and Roy Hodgson – the Everton manager played there while the Baggies boss had a short spell in charge at Ashton Gate.
3) Jack Southworth is the only Everton player to have scored six goals in a first-team game, netting a half-dozen against West Brom in a 7-1 win in December, 1983.
4) Leon Osman’s first goals at Goodison were in the 2-1 win over West Brom in August 2004.
5) Our seventh league title was clinched at Goodison 42 years ago with a 2-0 win over West Brom.
Everton's Darron Gibson on his first few months at Goodison: "Coming from not playing to playing every week I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I didn’t know whether the manager would put me straight in, but luckily he has and we’ve got good results. Hopefully once I’ve settled in there will be more to come, and more goals.”
West Brom's Paul Scharner: "Most of the time, Everton normally pick up in the second half of the season. Goodison is always very tough and a difficult place to get something out of the game. Also, I don't think there is any advantage for us with Everton having played midweek and us not. I prefer to play every third day instead of train because I believe it can help you."
January 1, 2012. West Brom 0-1 Everton. Victor Anichebe ensured it was a Happy New Year for Blues everywhere, as he marked his comeback from injury with a decisive 86th-minute strike. The game looked certain to be heading for a goalless draw until the Nigerian international, who had been sidelined for four months with a groin problem, came off the bench and fired in from close range.
March 16, 1968. West Brom 2-6 Everton. Harry Catterick's Everton side enjoyed a memorable visit to the Hawthorns, as the goals flew in. The strike partnership of Johnny Morrissey and Joe Royle each found the net, while the Baggies' Ian Collard scored a brace. But it was to be Alan Ball's day, as the midfield maestro netted four times to give the Blues a comprehensive victory.
Players that have played for both clubs include Kevin Campbell, Steve Watson, Imre Varadi, Kevin Kilbane and Andy King.
Tickets for Saturday’s match against West Brom at Goodison Park are still available. You can book your place by visiting the Park End Box Office, calling 0871 663 1878 or by clicking here.
Official Betting Partner 188BET have chosen their Top 5 Betting Picks of the week. They are:
Everton to win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Everton to win 1-0 @ 6.5 (11/2)
Everton to win the first and second half @ 2.70
Everton to score the first goal @ 1.55
Nikica Jelavic to score the first goal @ 5.50 (9/2)