2020-21 Premier League: Week Two – Everton vs West Bromwich Albion

Everton kicks off the second weekend of 2020-21 Premier League season as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to Goodison Park.

At least a point would send Everton top for at least a few hours whereas West Brom can climb out of the relegation zone with a point, whilst victory could temporarily lift the Baggies up to ninth given their weak goal difference compared to other clubs currently on three points.

 

Team News

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Everton boss, Carlo Ancelotti is expected to recall several first-team regulars after their midweek win over Salford City, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford expected to start.

Jarrad Branthwaite (ankle), Mason Holgate (toe), Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (Achilles), Fabian Delph (fitness) and Cenk Tosun (knee) are still ruled out.

West Brom have a near full squad available for selection with Kenneth Zohore the only absentee with a calf injury.

 

Stat Attack

  • Everton have lost just one of their last 11 meetings against West Brom (W5, D5, L1).
  • West Brom have taken just one victory in their last seven league trips to Goodison Park (W1, D3, L3).
  • Both teams have scored one penalty each in 24 previous Premier League meetings, although Everton missed one spot-kick whereas West Brom converted their only penalty.
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last five first home league games of a new season (W3, D2).
  • WBA have avoided defeat in their last five first away trips of a new season (W3, D2).

 

Prediction

Everton were superb against Tottenham in a tight encounter and followed that performance up with a more dominant midweek display at home to Salford, despite rotating their squad which is a good sign that the Toffees are making progress.

West Brom meanwhile bounced back from a poor opening league performance against Leicester to comfortably beat Harrogate, although defending remains a concern after struggling to clear Harrogate’s crosses because Everton have proven dangerous with their crosses.

I am therefore expecting a physical match between two teams who have made marked progress in attack but Everton do look more solid defensively, which could well be the difference.

Prediction: Everton 1-0 WBA

Result: Everton 5-2 WBA

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