Everton v West Brom Sat 15:00
Everton can strengthen their bid for a top half finish this Saturday when they play hosts to West Brom, who are hoping to make their own jump up to mid-table as Ladbrokes offer long odds on Roy Hodgeson’s side to return to the Black Country with the spoils.
The Toffees have had a mixed season so far in the way that their attack has been incredibly poor while their defence has been almost as stern as any.
David Moyes is expected to hand late fitness tests to Seamus Coleman and Jack Rodwell after the pair have been out for a short period with a thigh and hamstring injury, respectively.
The spirits will certainly be high in the Everton camp after the Merseysiders cruised past Sunderland to earn a spot in the FA Cup semi-final where they will face off against bitter rivals, Liverpool.
Everton haven’t had an easy last month by any means and despite losses against Arsenal and Liverpool, David Moyes’ team have still managed to earn results against the likes of QPR, Swansea, Tottenham and Chelsea, beating the latter three.
West Brom were enjoying a similar run but after confidence-boosting victories over Wolves, Sunderland and Chelsea, the rest of March hasn’t been kind to the West Midlands outfit.
The Baggies are without a win in three matches now, losing against Manchester United and Newcastle and only managing to salvage a point against relegation threated Wigan Athletic.
However, Roy Hodgson’s side have performed well away from home this season, scoring an average of 1.40 goals per game when playing on unfamiliar soil this season.
One massive boost to the Baggies hopes could be the return of Chris Brunt, who is looking likely to come back into the West Brom setup after a period out with injury and illness.
Jerome Thomas is also expected to be fit for the visitors, giving the side an almost clean bill of health.
With Liverpool and Sunderland both facing difficult fixtures against Newcastle and Manchester City, respectively, Everton could move into seventh spot should they take all three points and their two close competitors slip up.