West Brom vs Everton Odds – Saturday 20th August 2016 – 15:00
West Brom are 2/1 with the draw at odds of 21/10 and Everton are 6/4
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West Brom kick off their second fixture in the Premier League at home against Ronald Koeman’s Everton.
Tony Pulis’ side have had a great start this season with a 1-0 win in their opening match away against Crystal Palace.
It was a great away performance and to come back will all three points will have delighted manager Tony Pulis.
The match itself was dominated by Crystal Palace in terms of possession but Palace were unable to find the cutting edge required to make the most of it.
Record signing Salomon Rondon was the hero in the 74th minute, when he met a James McClean free kick and headed past Wayne Hennessey into the Palace net.
Optimistic Start To Season
Crystal Palace away would have been a tough fixture and to come away with maximum points, gives them an excellent platform coming into this match.
They face an Everton side that drew their opening match against one of the best sides in the league last year, Tottenham Hotspur.
This match will provide Pulis with an excellent indication of where his side are at, given home advantage they will need to maximise this opportunity though.
Having finished 14th in the Premier League last year, the target for West Brom will be to complete a top ten finish.
It will be an enormous challenge to do so, keeping their top players will be a priority and adding more quality will be key as well.
West Brom will be looking to add Jeffrey Schlupp to the squad, they face a tough task convincing Leicester to sell though.
The Baggies will be looking to better their even record against Everton. In 125 matches they have won 46, lost 47 and drawn 32 times.
Stale Opening For Koeman
Everton kicked off the new season with a Goodison Park stalemate, drawing 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur.
Ross Barkley opened the scoring for the home side in the first five minutes with an excellent free kick.
It wasn’t until the 59th minute that they conceded, with Erik Lamela drawing Spurs level with a glancing header.
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was the hero on debut, he produced a number of fine saves to keep Everton in the contest.
Home wins will be crucial to Everton this season as they look to bounce back from last seasons disappointments.
New Signings Rumoured
Everton this week have announced that Yannick Bolasie had joined from Crystal Palace in a deal that could rise to somewhere in the region of £30 million.
Given the developments occurring over at Manchester City, there could yet be another arrival in the form of Joe Hart.
The England No1 is seemingly surplus to requirements at the Etihad, despite Maarten Stekelenburg’s heroics, it’s an area that Koeman wants to strengthen.
Ashley Williams enjoyed a solid debut in defence and the experience provided by the Wales captain was invaluable in the latter stages.
One of Everton’s strengths last season, was their form on the road and Koeman will be looking to continue that record this season.
Everton will be looking to avenge last seasons 1-0 defeat at home against West Brom last season, in a result that went a long way to ensuring Martinez departure.
Both teams are 1/1 on to score. The first goalscorer odds for West Brom are Salomon Rondon at 11/2 with Saido Berahino at 13/2. For Everton Romelu Lukaku is at 9/2 with Yannick Bolasie at 13/2.
The last time that these two sides met West Brom won 1-0 and the odds of the same result are 6/1.
West Brom vs Everton Odds
Tip 1 – Lukaku to score first @ 11/2
Tip 2 – West Brom to win 2-1 @ 10/1
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