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MATCH PREVIEW: Albion v Everton

31 August 2012

Stats and info for Saturday's game with the Toffees (ko 3pm)

PLDWDLFAGD
HOME7439181714484+60
AWAY7816164699167-68
NEUTRAL320132+1
TOTAL155573464246253-7


Interesting facts

The Toffees are unbeaten in their last eleven Barclays Premier League matches. They have not lost in the league since a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Goodison Park in March.

A point or more against David Moyes’ side would seal Albion’s best-ever start to a Premier League season, following last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Spurs and a 3-0 opening-day victory over Liverpool.

The Baggies have not won their opening two home games in the top flight since Johnny Giles’ outfit beat Everton 2-1 and Luton Town 4-0 in 1984.

Everton have not won the opening three fixtures of a Premier League season since 1993/94. Howard Kendall’s side beat Southampton 2-0, Manchester City 1-0 and Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 and were at the summit of the league after three games, level on points with Ipswich Town.


Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Sunday, January 1, 2012 - Albion 0 Everton 1 (Anichebe 87)

AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, March 31, 2012 - Everton 2 (Osman 18, Anichebe 68) Albion 0


Form guide (last six league matches)

EVERTON: WDDWWW 

ALBION: WDDLWD


Last league match line-ups

Albion (v Spurs – away D 1-1): Foster; Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob; Morrison; Fortune (Rosenberg 78), Long (Lukaku 63), Dorrans (Brunt 75). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Jones, Gera, C Dawson.

Everton (v Villa - away W 3-1): Howard; Neville, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Naismith (Coleman 64), Gibson (Mirallas 71), Osman, Pienaar; Fellaini, Jelavic (Heitinga 87). Subs not used: Mucha (gk), Barkley, Gueye, Anichebe.


Everton team news

David Moyes faces difficulties at right-back after Phil Neville, who stood in for Tony Hibbert (neck) at Villa Park last Saturday, was substituted after picking up a knock during Everton’s 5-0 Capital One Cup triumph at Leyton Orient on Wednesday. Kevin Mirallas could be in line for his first Premier League start.

Ref watch

Jonathan Moss will referee his first Barclays Premier League game of the season on Saturday. He oversaw 32 matches last season, dishing out 112 yellow and 32 red cards. The West Yorkshire official last refereed the Baggies in their 1-0 home victory over QPR in April.

Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler:

Albion to win: 21/10
Everton to win: 6/4
Draw: 12/5
The Baggies to win 2-1: 11/1

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