West Brom vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion host Everton on Saturday with both sides having two points to their name and looking for their first win of the season.

After decent performances in draws against Sunderland and Southampton, the Baggies let themselves down with a mistake-ridden performance at Swansea City in the last game. The Welsh club proved to have too much nous, which will be a concern for Alan Irvine heading into this match against his former club, and the Scot will also have to address their attacking play, as they struggle to score goals.

Two points from the first nine available is hardly an ideal start to Roberto Martinez’ second season in charge of Everton, but it could have been so much more had they held on to leads in their opening two fixtures.

An awful start and the giving away of six goals against Chelsea is a major concern despite the fighting spirit they showed right until the end, and the frustration may start to creep in a little further should they not claim a first victory here.

Ben Foster is expected to play in goal for West Brom despite withdrawing from the England squad, and Joleon Lescott could make his debut. However, summer signings Georgios Samaras and Silvestre Varela are likely to miss out through a lack of match fitness.

Everton could hand a first Premier League appearance in 11 months to Darron Gibson, who has finally recovered from injury. Fellow long-term absentee Arouna Kone is not yet able to make a return despite coming through a development game during the week.

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