Saturday’s match sees a buoyant Everton welcome West Brom to Goodison Park. David Moyes’ side go into the match on the back of, arguably, their two best performances of the season. Following on from their victory over Swansea’s pass masters, Moyes’ boys swept Sunderland aside in the FA Cup replay. The impressive replay victory leaves Everton fans planning their third visit to Wembley in four years.
Focus switches back to the Premier League as Everton look to press on and finish as high as possible. The extra £500,000 per place means a lot to a club with Everton’s lack of resources. The Toffees have already beaten West Brom twice, this season. Everton edged two closely fought games with a Carling Cup win and a last gasp win at the Hawthorns on New Year’s Day.
Everton’s recent home record against West Brom makes for impressive reading. West Brom’s impressive 4 – 1 win at Everton, last season, is their only league win at Goodison Park since 1st May 1979. The Baggies are looking to improve on a run that has seen them win one of their last 13 trips to Goodison Park. The two sides rarely draw with just one of the last 11 meetings ending all square.
West Brom’s task is even harder given Everton’s recent home form. The Toffees have kept clean sheets in three of their last four Premier League home games; those three games were wins over Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham. However, West Brom travel in good form having lost two of their last nine away games. Despite their impressive away form, West Brom are in the midst of a three game winless run.
Both sides are at their best at different times during a match. Everton perform best in the second half of matches with 70% of their goals coming in that period – a league high. The Baggies have their own league high, scoring 19% of their goals in the opening 15 minutes. Everton will need to be wary of West Brom’s aerial threat with the Baggies scoring 22% of their goals from corners – another league high – and the Baggies (53%) have the edge in aerial challenges compared to Everton’s 48%.
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