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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v EVERTON
Barclays Premier League
Monday 28th September 2015, 8:00pm
The Hawthorns
(Live on Sky Sports 1)

MATCH NOTES

The game will be the 162nd league and cup meeting between Albion and Everton. The Toffees currently lead the way in the victory stakes with 66 wins compared to Albion's 58.

There have been 18 previous Premier League meetings with Everton winning nine and Albion five.

The Baggies' last game on this date came last season when goals from Craig Dawson, Saido Berahino (2) and Graham Dorrans gave Alan Irvine's team a 4-0 win over Burnley at The Hawthorns.

Everton's last game on September 28 took place in 2003 when they beat Leeds United 4-0 in a Premier League clash at Goodison Park, future Baggie Steve Watson scoring a hat-trick.

The two clubs have met once previously on this date - in 1968 when Alan Ball hit a hat-trick to help the Toffees to a 4-0 win at Goodison Park.

Since Tony Pulis took charge last January, the Baggies have kept 14 clean sheets in the Premier League, more than any other side.

Albion will be looking to keep their fourth consecutive top-flight clean sheet for the first time since March 1983.

Everton will be attempting to keep four successive clean sheets away from home in the Premier League for the first time since August 1995.

Albion's last six games: Norwich City (A, LC) 0-3; Aston Villa (A) 1-0; Southampton (H) 0-0; Stoke City (A) 1-0; Port Vale (H, LC) 0-0 aet, WBA won 5-3 on pens; Chelsea (H) 2-3.

Everton's last six games: Reading (A, LC) 2-1; Swansea City (A) 0-0; Chelsea (H) 3-1; Tottenham Hotspur (A) 0-0; Barnsley (A, LC) 5-3; Manchester City (H) 0-2.

TEAM NEWS

Albion

Baggies' boss Tony Pulis is likely to make wholesale changes for the visit of the Toffees after resting the majority of his squad for last week's Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich.

Everton

Everton will be without Kevin Mirallas who is suspended whilst John Stones (knee) and Seamus Coleman (hamstring) both face late fitness tests.

MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 21/10, Everton Win: 6/4, Draw: 2/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 13/2, Lambert 7/1, Rondon 15/2, Anichebe 15/2, McManaman 9/1, McClean 10/1, Gnabry 10/1, Sessegnon 11/1, Gardner 12/1, Morrison 12/1, Brunt 16/1, Dawson 20/1, Fletcher 25/1, McAuley 25/1, Chester 25/1, Yacob 33/1, Evans 33/1.

Everton: Lukaku 11/1, Kone 7/1, Naismith 7/1, Deulofeu 10/1, Barkley 10/1, Lennon 12/1, McGeady 12/1, Osman 14/1, Gibson 16/1, McCarthy 20/1, Oviedo 25/1, Barry 25/1, Besic 25/1, Jagielka 25/1, Funes Mori 25/1, Coleman 25/1, Galloway 33/1, Stones 33/1.

No goalscorer: 15/2.

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REFEREE

Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Madley refereed two Albion games last season - the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on the final day of the season and the 2-0 win over Swansea City at The Hawthorns in February.

The West Yorkshire official took charge of one Everton game during 2014/15 - their 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Hull City in December.

Madley has issued 21 yellow cards and one red in the six games he has officiated so far this season.

A full run-down of Madley's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here

WEATHER FORECAST

Clear skies, 14C.

FIXTURE HISTORY

The very first meeting of the clubs took place in April 1888 in a friendly match at Anfield, the Baggies running out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Jem Bayliss.

Both Albion and Everton are founder members of the Football League and the first competitive meeting between the two sides came during the league's inaugural season in 1888/89. The first game took place at Everton's Anfield Road ground in December, Albion running out 4-1 winners thanks to two goals from Billy Bassett and one apiece from Walter Perry and William Hendry. The return game at Stoney Lane saw Albion complete the double over the Merseysiders thanks to a 1-0 win in what was the last game of the season, Fred Crabtree the goalscorer.

Albion's biggest victory against Everton came in December 1935 at The Hawthorns, legendary striker William 'G' Richardson scoring two of the goals in a 6-1 stroll.

Other big wins for the Baggies' include 6-2 in March 1960 when Derek Kevan scored five of the goals, 5-0 in 1923 and 5-2 in 1919.

The Toffees' best result against Albion is 7-1, achieved in 1893 at Goodison Park, Jack Southworth scoring six of the Everton goals.

Everton have also recorded 6-1, 6-2 and 6-3 victories against the Baggies over the years.

Albion have beaten Everton four times at The Hawthorns in Premier League action, only against Sunderland (5) have the Baggies won more games against a team at home.

The Baggies have won just two of their last 26 league games at Goodison Park.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Saturday 23 August 2008 - Albion 1-2 Everton - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Sunday 7 May 2006 - Everton 2-2 Albion - Premier League - Goodison Park
Saturday 19 November 2005 - Albion 4-0 Everton - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Sunday 3 April 2005 - Albion 1-0 Everton - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 28 August 2004 - Everton 2-1 Albion - Premier League - Goodison Park
Wednesday 11 January 1989 - Everton 1-0 Albion - FA Cup 3rd Round Replay - Goodison Park
Saturday 7 January 1989 - Albion 1-1 Everton - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 16 April 1985 - Everton 4-1 Albion - First Division - Goodison Park
Wednesday 24 September 1980 - Everton 1-2 Albion - League Cup 3rd Round - Goodison Park
Saturday 1 December 1979 - Albion 1-1 Everton - First Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 2 September 1972 - Everton 1-0 Albion - First Division - Goodison Park
Saturday 18 May 1968 - Albion 1-0 Everton - FA Cup Final - Wembley Stadium

LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

Albion 0-2 Everton
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 13th September 2014, 3:00pm

Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Olsson, Dawson, Pocognoli (Gamboa 77), Morrison, Gardner, Brunt (Blanco 70), Dorrans, Berahino, Ideye (Samaras 70). Subs not used: Daniels (gk), Baird, Yacob, McAuley.

Booked: Gardner 26 (dissent), Wisdom 90 (foul)

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, McGeady (Besic 88), Lukaku (Osman 68). Subs not used: Robles, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Gibson, Atsu.

Goalscorers: Lukaku 2, Mirallas 66

Booked: McCarthy 53 (foul), Naismith 81 (foul), Besic 90+1 (foul)

Attendance: 23,567

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Romelu Lukaku began to repay his 28million fee after Everton cashed in on West Brom's defensive nightmare with a 2-0 victory at the Hawthorns. The striker pounced after less than two minutes to net his first goal following his permanent return from Chelsea in the summer. It came after a poor clearance from Jonas Olsson, while Ben Foster added to the home horror show in the second half when he allowed Kevin Mirallas' weak shot to dribble in. The gaffes proved the difference and Steven Naismith could even afford to miss an open goal for the Toffees. The Baggies lacked the quality to open up Everton with head coach Alan Irvine still looking for his first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

Foster had shrugged off a thumb problem which forced him out of England duty to start, while James Morrison made his first league start of the season, replacing the injured Youssouf Mulumbu for West Brom. Stephane Sessegnon was ruled out with blurred vision after taking a ball in the face during training on Friday. Joleon Lescott failed to make the squad, despite returning to full training after a knee injury, while fellow summer recruits Georgios Samaras and Sebastian Blanco made the bench. Everton made one change from their 6-3 defeat to Chelsea with John Stones replacing Sylvain Distin at the back. And the visitors were ahead after just one minute and 40 seconds as Lukaku seized on a mistake from Olsson. The defender's awful clearance fell straight to the striker who beautifully curled past Foster from 18-yards. It was Lukaku's first Everton goal since making the permanent move from Stamford Bridge but he was apologetic in his celebrations, having spent the 2012-13 season on loan at the Hawthorns. Albion tried to respond and Saido Berahino's effort was deflected over as, with the home fans restless, they began to dominate. There were brief signs of a blossoming partnership between Brown Ideye and Berahino but, for all their bluster, the hosts lacked the quality to seriously threaten Everton. Chris Brunt hit the side netting and Berahino's shot deflected wide after 33 minutes but Tim Howard remained untroubled. Everton's threat was minimal but Mirallas warned of what was to come when he fired over from 25-yards eight minutes before the break.

Lukaku followed suit in first-half injury time and Naismith should have made it 2-0 five minutes after the break. Foster's fine low save from Lukaku presented the Scotland striker with a gaping goal six yards out, only for him to balloon over. It was a huge let off for the Baggies but one they did not heed. Everton grew increasingly comfortable with the hosts' predictable attacks and doubled their lead following another howler from Albion after 66 minutes. Mirallas' tame effort from 25-yards out should have been easy for Foster but the England keeper allowed it to creep under his body. From then it was easy for the visitors and Aiden McGeady shot wide on 73 minutes as the fight left the Baggies. Samaras and Blanco made their debuts but could not make the difference and Foster saved well from Leon Osman to deny Everton a third. The keeper thwarted the midfielder again on 88 minutes with a fine low stop after a sweeping Toffees move cut the hosts apart. And the underemployed Howard had the final say when he denied Berahino and Samaras a consolation in injury time.

Sporting Life

CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Victor Anichebe started his career in Everton's academy system, progressing to sign his first professional contract with the club in April 2006. He spent a further seven years at Goodison Park before making a 5million move to The Hawthorns in September 2013.

Romelu Lukaku spent the 2012/13 season on loan at The Hawthorns from Chelsea, hitting 17 goals in the process. He joined Everton, again on a season long loan, on transfer deadline day 2013 before he made a permanent 28 million move to Goodison Park in July 2014.

PAST CONNECTIONS

Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Brett Angell, Laurie Bell, William Bowser, Walter Boyes, David Burrows, John Cameron, Kevin Campbell, Llew Davies, Stan Davies, Thomas Dilly, Peter Eastoe, Albert Flewitt, Tony Grant, Andy Gray, Philip Griffiths, Willie Groves, Andrew Hannah, Asa Hartford, Paul Holmes, William Jordan, Kevin Kilbane, Andy King, Joleon Lescott, Ken McNaught, Bruce Rankin, Syd Rawlings, Fred Rouse, John Thomas, Mickey Thomas, Imre Varadi and Steve Watson.

Former Baggies' boss Alan Irvine joined Everton in 1981 from Scottish club Queens Park. He spent three years with the Toffees before leaving for Crystal Palace in 1984. Irvine returned to Goodison Park in 2002 as assistant to David Moyes, a role he held for five years before he left to take over as Preston North End's manager. He returned to Everton once more in 2011 to work with the club's academy. Wilf Dixon was a trainer at both clubs.

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS EVERTON

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 77 40 19 18 150 88
 Away 81 16 18 47 97 168
 Neutral 3 2 0 1 3 2
 Total 161 58 37 66 250 258

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST EVERTON

 DATE  COMPETITION H/A F-A  GOALSCORERS      GATE
 Mon 19 Jan 2015  Premier League A 0-0     34,739
 Sat 13 Sep 2014  Premier League H 0-2  Lukaku, Mirallas     23,567
 Mon 20 Jan 2014  Premier League H 1-1  Lugano - Mirallas     24,184
 Sat 24 Aug 2013  Premier League A 0-0       36,410
 Wed 30 Jan 2013  Premier League A 1-2  Long - Baines 2 (1 pen)     31,376
 Sat 01 Sep 2012  Premier League H 2-0  Long, McAuley     25,383
 Sat 31 Mar 2012  Premier League A 0-2  McAuley (og), Anichebe     32,051
 Sun 01 Jan 2012  Premier League H 0-1  Anichebe     23,038
 Wed 21 Sep 2011  League Cup A 1-2 aet  Brunt (pen) - Fellaini, Neville     17,647
 Sat 14 May 2011  Premier League H 1-0  Mulumbu     25,838

 
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