Match Preview: Everton v West Brom


Alex Iwobi is back in contention for Everton after recovering from a knock which kept him out of the Blues' victories over Spurs and Salford City.

Everton centre-back pair Jarrad Branthwaite and Mason Holgate will miss the game, however.

Branthwaite sustained an ankle injury during Everton's 3-0 win over Salford on Wednesday night, while Holgate continues to be sidelined with a toe injury.

West Brom winger Matt Phillips and defender Conor Townsend are in contention having returned from injury in the Baggies' Carabao Cup victory over Harrogate Town on Wednesday.

Midfielder Conor Gallagher, who joined West Brom earlier this week on a season-long loan from Chelsea, could make his debut.

Fellow signing Branislav Ivanovic is not expected to feature, however, as he to builds up to match fitness.

2020/21 Premier League opening day results

Spurs 0-1 Everton
West Brom 0-3 Leicester City

2019/20 player statistics

Everton (Premier League)

Top goalscorer
Dominic Calvert-Lewin/Richarlison: 13

Most assists
Lucas Digne: 7

West Brom (Championship)

Top goalscorer
Charlie Austin: 11

Most assists
Matheus Pereira: 20


Everton’s have lost just one of their past 11 Premier League meetings against West Brom (W5 D5 L1).

Carlo Ancelotti is unbeaten against promoted clubs in the Premier League (W11 D4) - the best record of any manager.

Yerry Mina is in line to make his 50th appearances for Everton.

ONE TO WATCH: Grady Diangana

Highly-rated West Ham United academy product Diangana joined the Baggies from his boyhood team for a reported club-record fee of £18 million earlier this month.

The talented winger enjoyed an impressive loan spell with West Brom in 2019/20, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists to help the Midlands team secure promotion to the Premier League

The 22-year-old predominantly operates from the left flank. He is a skilful, direct dribbler, who boasts an impressive passing range and eye for goal.

REFEREE: Mike Dean

VAR: Simon Hooper