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Anichebe to lead West Brom at Everton

Everton  could climb up to seventh in the Premier League if they can make it four wins in a row today against a  West Bromwich Albion  side in a stale patch of form. And Nigerian international, Victor Anichebe is set to lead the line for West Brom, who are fighting hard to pool out of the relegation and seek an unlikely win at Goodison Park to make that dream come true.The Toffees will start as favourites, especially given West Brom’s need for a penalty shootout to beat Peterborough United in last night’s FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Victor Anichebe
Victor Anichebe

Sweeping changes are unlikely from Martinez given the hosts’ form and he could go with an unchanged XI, although  John Stones  and  Leighton Baines  could return at the back. In midfield, Lennon and Cleverley are likely to continue atGerard Deulofeu  and  Arouna Kone’s expense, whileRomelu Lukaku  is expected to shake off a back injury and play against the team he once starred for on loan. In fact, the Belgian has scored three goals in his last three Premier League appearances against the Baggies.

Howard is back in contention to start in goal, but it would be a big surprise to see Robles dropped given his solid recent displays. West Brom were supposed to have a day off today, but Pulis asked the players to come in so that he could assess who is fit to play this weekend.

The club is struggling for numbers at the back especially after  Gareth McAuley  limped off in the first half last night to join Craig Dawson,  Jonny Evans  and  Chris Brunt  on the sidelines. Dawson and Brunt could return this weekend, but if not then  Cristian Gamboa  and  Sebastien Pocognoli  could earn rare Premier League starts.

Surprisingly, Pulis used only two of his substitutes against Peterborough, so  Victor Anichebe  is likely to come back to lead the line after both Berahino and Rondon played all 120 minutes on Wednesday..  West Brom badly need a win to pull away from the drop zone, but it is unlikely to come this weekend against an in-form Everton side much better rested than the injury-hit Baggies.

 


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