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West Brom vs Everton – Match Preview

James Morrison of West Brom could make his first Premier League start in seven months after returning from a hamstring injury as a substitute last weekend.

Jonny Evans is likely to continue at left-back, with Chris Brunt still out with a long-term knee injury.

Winger Yannick Bolasie is expected to feature for Everton following his move from Crystal Palace this week.

Ashley Williams could also make his debut, while Romelu Lukaku is back in training after a heel injury.

Tony Pulis is the favourite to lose the sack race this season but he would have done his chances of staying in employment a great help after a masterminding that 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on his return to Selhurst Park last Saturday.

He will once again look to Salomon Rondon for goals with Saido Berahino set to play off the Venezuelan, whether or not Berahino is still at The Hawthorns by the end of the month remains to be seen but if Pulis can trust him with first team football then he may be prepared to stay in the Midlands for at least another season.

For Everton they had to make do with a point on the opening day and will no doubt rue the fact they didn’t put Tottenham to the sword when they had the opportunity in which to do so. After going ahead through Ross Barkley’s free kick they had countless chances to wrap up the game up before the break but failed to bag a crucial 2nd goal which would have killed the game off.

That team last week wasn’t what you would necessarily call full strength as with the prospective debuts of new signings Williams and Bolasie not to mention the return of Lukaku they look set to be an altogether different beast this afternoon.

Lukaku had a season long loan at The Hawthorns during the 2012/13 campaign and he would no doubt love to score on his return today. The transfer rumours regarding his departure seemed to have cooled as of late and Everton fans will be more confident on him staying put on Merseyside.

As for Today I think Everton will have more quality across the pitch and will have new signings looking to impress, my money is on a win for The Toffees as The Baggies become unstuck.

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