Everton will be aiming for their first win since December 15 when they host West Bromwich Albion, who are a point and two places behind them in the Premier League table.
There have been small chinks of light for the Toffees in their last two games, recovering from a goal down to earn a battling point at home to champions Manchester City, before taking West Ham United all the way to penalties in their FA Cup replay despite playing much of the encounter with 10 men.
But losing that dramatic shootout represented another disappointment in what has been a difficult few weeks for manager Roberto Martinez, who is under some pressure to turn things around. He will be hoping that a more direct approach can pay dividends.
The early weeks of 2015 have shown just how important Saido Berahino is to West Brom. The much sought after striker salvaged a point at West Ham, hit four against Gateshead in the FA Cup, and then netted the only goal with an indirect free-kick in a tight clash with Hull City last time out.
And the threat that he poses is definitely West Brom’s best chance of winning at Goodison Park for only the second time in the Premier League, but the biggest difference that Tony Pulis will make will be at the back, with organisation and discipline expected in abundance.
Aiden McGeady is out for Everton following his red card at West Ham, but Sylvain Distin and Tony Hibbert could return to the defence.
West Brom are likely to include former Everton man Victor Anichebe in their starting line-up, but are without Jonas Olsson.
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