29 January 2013

Everton vs West Brom preview

By Eamonn Lavery

Everton manager David Moyes says he never expected West Brom to drop out of contention for the European places towards the end of the season. The Blues host to the Baggies on Wednesday evening on the back of two victories, whilst the visitors have gained only 1 point in the last 4 games.

West Brom haven't dropped out of the top 8 all season, and will be looking to complete the double over Everton after winning 2-0 at the Hawthorns earlier this season.

Striker David Mirallas is a doubt for the game and Irish duo Darron Gibson and Seamus Coleman are still sidelined, although Moyes said Gibson is approaching fitness.

Peter Odemwingie, wanted by QPR, will not feature for West Brom, and Fortune, Yacob, Long and Reid all face late fitness tests.

This is the first of a couple of consecutive home games for Everton, with Aston Villa due to visit on Saturday, and they will need to take advantage of them in order to put pressure on the teams above them. The Blues have drawn eleven games this season, so a couple of decent home wins wouldn't go amiss.

With a win, Everton will be assured of going into the Villa game in fifth place, at least a point above Arsenal, and will be putting considerable pressure on a Spurs side whose season began to unravel around this time last year.

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