It’s incredible to think that just two places separated these two outfits at the end of last season. Now, just several months on, the Baggies find themselves fighting in 14th spot and a whole twenty points behind Everton who are up in 5th.
It’s certainly been a campaign to forget for West Brom, although the club will be hoping for a turnaround in fortunes under their new manager Pepe Mel. It would be fair to say that the caretaker manager, Keith Downing, at least stopped a poor run at the Hawthorns although the club still approach this next encounter on the back of two defeats. Mel may have been appointed over a week ago, but this is actually his first match in charge and he’ll have to lift the club from their current relegation-threatened position. At the time of writing just three points separate them from the drop zone but with this game occurring on Monday evening, there is every chance that gap could be shortened with a wrong set of results on Saturday. Still, if we are to look at the situation positively, West Brom have collected five points from their last three league games at the Hawthorns and this should bode well for this next test.
Everton meanwhile are flying and the Toffees must hold aspirations of a top four finish. In fact, if you were particularly optimistic, you could even say that Roberto Martinez’s side have an outside chance of the title with just seven points keeping them from top spot at the time of writing. There’s no doubt that the Goodison Park outfit have been one of the most consistent outfits in the top flight this term and approach this game on the back of three wins from their last four outings. If we take a look at their away form, they’re now unbeaten in the road in six and their only away loss in the league has come to high-flying Manchester City.
If we take a look at other meetings between these two sides, the last one came just two games into the current campaign. That finished in a goalless draw but at that particular time, West Brom looked a lot stronger than they do now. Still, overall the Toffees hold far superior recent form and over the last six games they’ve won four, drawn one and lost one.
In terms of a prediction, we see this game ending in a draw. Everton have been flying throughout the season, and that includes their results on the road, but we just think the “new manager syndrome” will have a big effect on West Brom. Therefore, our tip is going to be a 1-1 scoreline at the Hawthorns.