Facts and figures ahead of Goodison Park clash
ALBION round up this week's action with a Monday night trip to Goodison Park, where a win over Everton would see Tony Pulis’ men leapfrog their opponents in the Barclays Premier League table.
As usual, football statistics website WhoScored.com are here to preview the clash.
Last weekend’s 1-0 win over Hull would have come as no surprise to those who knew of the fine record the Albion Head coach had against the Tigers.
Saido Berahino added to his impressive goal tally with the winner, and there was no way back for the visitors against a resolute, organised, compact, well-drilled and disciplined Baggies outfit. Two wins in a row and successive clean sheets hint at what might well be forthcoming for the club.
Pulis oversaw an unlikely 3-2 victory in his last trip to Everton, and with the Toffees struggling for consistency of late there is the chance for Albion to take advantage. Roberto Martinez’s men have lost four of their last five Barclays Premier League matches, but did claim a point against Manchester City last time out.
Everton boast a statistically calculated weakness on WhoScored.com of 'defending against skilful players', so somebody like Stéphane Sessegnon could play a key role.
A tricky customer whose greatest asset is his dribbling ability - something WhoScored highlight as a strength - Sessegnon will provide something to think about for the Everton back line. Their full-backs like to get forward, and the Benin international could take advantage.
He has set up three of Albion's last five Barclays Premier League goals, and scored the winner last time he faced Everton, in a performance worthy of a 7.49 WhoScored rating.
A trip to Merseyside is always tricky, but with Albion unbeaten since the arrival of Tony Pulis, there is good reason to be optimistic about leaving Goodison Park with a positive result.
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Everton have lost six of their last nine Barclays Premier League matches (W1 D2 L6)
Albion Head Coach, Tony Pulis, has won six of his last nine Barclays Premier League matches as a manager (W6 D2 L1).
There have been over 150 fixtures between the teams since their first meeting back in the Old Division One in the 1888/89 season. Albion ran out 4-1 winners on Merseyside.
Current Everton forward Romelu Lukaku scored 17 times for Albion during a loan spell from Chelsea in the 2012/13 season.
We Said, They Said
We said – Tony Pulis: “Everton have some superb players, they are in a false position in the table.”
They said – Arouna Kone: “Of course it is a very important game. We will go out with every intention of taking three points.”
Most recent encounters at Goodison Park
Everton 0-0 Albion (24/8/13) Barclays Premier League
Everton 2-1 Albion (30/1/13) Barclays Premier League
Everton 2-0 Albion (31/3/12) Barclays Premier League