Ronald Koeman’s Toffees sit a mere five points adrift of Manchester United following what has been an excellent season so far. The Goodison Park outfit lost 3-2 at White Hart Lane on Sunday but they remain very much in the hunt for a European place at the end of the campaign. They will nevertheless be confident of bouncing back from their weekend disappointment in north London by grabbing a maximum points haul in the West Midlands on Saturday afternoon.
Indeed the Toffees head into this match on the back of a decent run of form in which they have won their last three Premier League home games by considerable margins. Southampton were beaten 3-0 at Goodison Park early last month followed by a 4-0 hammering of title-hopefuls Manchester City. Everton’s latest home game ended in a nine-goal thriller with Bournemouth sent home on the back of a 6-3 thrashing.
This bodes pretty well ahead of this weekend’s visit of a West Bromwich Albion side which lost 2-0 at home to struggling Crystal Palace at the weekend. The Baggies sit just four points behind the Toffees as things stand although whilst they have done better than many expected this season, they pose no threat whatsoever to the top six in the table. A mid-table finish would be more than acceptable for manager Tony Pulis given West Brom’s relegation scares in recent seasons and whilst we expect the visitors to get their names onto the scoresheet on Saturday given that they have found the net in five of their last six Premier League games, we don’t envisage them managing any points for their efforts.