Everton vs West Brom Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Everton vs West Brom | Monday 19 January, 2015 | Goodison Park | 20.00
Everton are set to host West Brom on Monday in the last of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures and the Toffees will be rightly wary of the visitors due to their recent upturn in form.
Tony Pulis took over as the Baggies’ boss on New Year’s Day after Alan Irvine was sacked and the club have been displaying far better form in all competitions, with their last three games resulting in a draw and two wins.
West Brom are now sitting just one point behind Roberto Martinez’ men in the table as they look to continue their recent good run at Goodison Park. The Everton boss has even remarked on his opponent’s positive effect, commenting, “We all know Tony has got terrific experience, he has been successful in various environments, and what he’s achieved is quite exceptional.
“He’s started in the best possible way with a very important home win. We expect a tough game. They are a really well organised team, knowing how to score goals and as a team we will have to be at our best if we want to get a victory.
“We have got nine games at home remaining, we want to be perfect in the remaining games.
“Tony Pulis has been working with them for 10 days and I thought their draw at Upton Park was very good, you could see signs of the way Tony Pulis wants them to play.
“Against Hull City you saw a big difference, they were well organised and well drilled, so I think slowly we are going to see a little changed.
“Obviously the personnel is the same, they are a team who can mix things up well, they have good footballers and an outstanding goalscorer up front.”
Unlike West Brom, Everton have endured a disappointing run, taking just one point from their last five Premier League games and falling to twelfth in the table. Pulis believes that the recent form of each side is a good indicator of their trajectory moving forward and believes that the Baggies can take advantage of a less than confident Everton.
“They’ve got some great players Everton,” said the West Brom boss. “They’re in a false position and I think for the manager to be under pressure, especially Roberto who did fantastically well last season, just shows what this league is about.”
“But the great thing about Everton is that they have a wonderful, loyal chairman so Roberto won’t feel under any pressure.”
Speaking of his experiences since taking over as manager, Pulis said, “We’ve done different things, I think they have enjoyed it so far, it’s been different to what they are used to. They worked very hard against Hull and it was a great result for us. It’s been a really good start.”
Pulis’ main injury worry ahead of the trip to Everton is still Jonas Olsson who remains out with an Achilles problem.
Everton, meanwhile, are without several players in Aiden McGeady (suspension), James McCarthy (hamstring), Steven Pienaar (knee), Leon Osman (ankle), Darron Gibson (knee) and Tim Howard (calf). Tony Hibbert (knock) and Sylvain Distain (groin) remain doubts and are being monitored ahead of the game.
Everton vs West Brom Betting Tips
Despite West Brom’s recent resurgence it’s too soon to call that this is a sign of things to come. Everton remain the stronger side this season and the safer bet in this meeting, with Sky Bet offering great odds on Romelu Lukaku to score and Everton to win at 3/1.