West Brom

V

The Hawthorns

26/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

Everton

V

The Hawthorns

26/12/2017 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Everton are looking to continue their rise up the Premier League table, while West Brom are mired in a relegation battle.

Last time: Goals from Kevin Mirallas, Morgan Schneiderlin and Romelu Lukaku guided the Toffees to a comfortable win back in March. It was the second of West Brom’s nine losses from their final 12 games in their end of season slump.

This time: West Brom are 3/2 for the win, while both Everton and the draw are priced at 9/4.

You might remember: The Baggies going 2-0 up in this fixture the season before last, before Everton came storming back. An Arouna Kone strike and a Lukaku brace snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for Roberto Martinez’s side, with Lukaku’s winner five minutes from time prompting a cartwheel and backflip from the big Belgian.

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Everton’s Wayne Rooney celebrates his second goal of the game

After West Brom and Everton underperformed in the opening months of the season, both boards decided a managerial change was needed. The Toffees are already reaping the rewards, while the Baggies are still waiting for Pardew’s reign to spark into life.

West Brom are 3/2 for the win in this one and a win would bring plenty of Christmas cheer to the Hawthorns. With Everton finding the net in each of their last 10 games in all competitions prior to their clash against Chelsea at the weekend, the hosts’ success is likely to come down to whether they can be clinical in front of goal. The Baggies scored just 13 goals in their opening 18 fixtures, with Salomon Rondon, Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Rodriguez all joint top scorers with two apiece.

Everton are slight underdogs at 9/4 and that’s surprising considering their recent improvement. They’re back in the hunt for the European places, which is where they were expected to be at the start of the campaign, while Wayne Rooney’s back among the goals. Burnley are probably the team that the Toffees will think most likely to dip in the second half of the season, and with the Clarets heading to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, victory for Allardyce’s men would surely see them close the gap.

The draw is 9/4 and looks like decent value considering Everton will be hard to beat and West Brom have drawn the highest number of games in the Premier League. A 1-1 scoreline has the shortest odds at 6/1, while the goalless draw’s priced at 15/2 and it’s 20/1 for 2-2.

At 5/1, Rondon is joint favourite with Robson-Kanu to score first in this one. Rodriguez is 11/2 to break the deadlock, and 5/2 to score anytime. None of West Brom’s forwards have been in good goalscoring form this season, which is a major concern for boss Pardew, and something he’ll surely address in the January transfer window.

Rooney is also 11/2 to score first and 5/2 to bag anytime. The former England captain scored six of Everton’s last 11 goals going into the Chelsea game, and has found the back of the net more times this season than the whole of West Brom’s forward line combined.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Clean sheets. There’s been a total of 11 clean sheets in the last 13 Premier League meetings between these two, and there’s a good chance of Everton adding to this with Allardyce tightening things up at the back. The Toffees are 21/10 to keep a clean sheet, while West Brom are 17/10. You can also bet against both teams scoring at 17/20.

2

We fancy:

Everton to win and Rooney to score at 4/1. The record-breaking forward is playing a deeper role for the Toffees at the moment, but he continues to contribute with goals and at the halfway stage of the Premier League season he’s already in double figures.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Robson-Kanu to score the only goal of the game at 22/1. West Brom’s last Premier League win came back in August, when the Wales striker bagged the game’s only goal with 20 minutes remaining before getting sent off just over 10 minutes later.

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Written by Oli Coates

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