Premier League Preview: West Brom vs. Everton

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  • Everton unbeaten in 5 away games in all comps
  • 3 of last 4 games have ended in a draw
  • West Brom have not yet won at home

West Bromwich Albion host Everton at the Hawthorns on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) as Tony Pulis and Roberto Martinez clash in the dugout, while a clash of styles will play out on the pitch.

Despite their differing ethos, both teams have been tight at the back this season. However, with talents such as Saido Berahino and Salomon Rondon up top for  West Brom and Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley in attack for Everton, there is the potential for goals.

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In team news Boaz Myhill should return in goal for the Baggies, while Everton is sweating on the fitness of defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman.

What they’re saying

Pulis on beating Everton in the race for Jonny Evans: “It took a long time, but we’re pleased with got him. There are different standards and different levels and Everton are in that group just below the top so it was lovely to get Jonny. He has played a couple of games for us and has already shown the qualities we thought he had. We’re really pleased to have him.”

Roberto Martinez on Everton’s UCL hopes: “I think it’ll be such a close season. You look at the points West Ham have got away from home and Crystal Palace’s form. There are many teams who are going to take a lot of points from the so-called top four. That makes me think 70 points will get you into the top positions. But we can aspire to get better and that means we don’t need to rely on other teams. We rely on good we can be and how quickly we can get to that level. The Southampton performance and the Chelsea performance – that’s the level that is needed to get into the Champions League, top and bottom. If you can do that every week you’re going to have a great chance to get over 70 points.”

Prediction

This will be a very tight game at the Hawthorns. Pulis is getting the best out of the Baggies and if Berahino and Rondon can get at Everton’s defense early on, the home side could nick this one. With Barkley and Lukaku shinning in patches this season, they should negate West Brom’s threat. 1-1.