Everton v West Brom


"Obviously I knew what was going to be happening and tried to get the time to go and pick up my boots, knowing I had to come up so far while things were developing", Everton's new signing said, a day ahead of a meeting with West Bromwich Albion.

In addition to that, I also like the both teams not to score since I don't think West Brom have enough talent to score away from home against Everton. Having lost each of their last four games in all competitions, the pressure will be on Sam Allardyce, and his new signings to improve their poor form and deliver a return on the latest investment.

Burnley made a strong start to the season but have faltered in recent weeks and are without a Premier League win in six games, their last triumph coming in the 1-0 victory over Stoke in December.

The Toffees haven't had a single shot on target in the Premier League since Idrissa Gueye's goal against Bournemouth, a run of 213 minutes without one - they have had 21 shots since Gueye scored. Defensively, Everton have struggled all season, allowing the fifth most goals in the Premier League.

It was a solid team performance from West Brom with every player contributing to the win.

Alan Pardew's side still sit in the drop zone but are just two points away from 17th placed Southampton.

Despite Everton's lengthy injury list being reduced, Allardyce still has a reduced choice in defence with Leighton Baines (calf) Michael Keane (foot) Funes Mori (knee) and Seamus Coleman (leg) all still unavailable.

Theo Walcott's arrival at Goodison Park appears to have left the writing on the wall for the 30-year-old as Sam Allardyce looks to trim his current squad.

On the other hand, three points to the visitors could see them out of the relegation places depending on results elsewhere. "All I had to put my boots in were some bin bags", said Walcott, who would have preferred a different goodbye as he holds no grudges with his old employers and team-mates.