We are just one week into Everton's first Premier League season under new manager Ronald Koeman, but the gaffer's fingerprint's are already all over this team, in a good way. His first senior outfield signing, Idrissa Gueye, debuted against Tottenham in the opener and earned Man of the Match honors and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was phenomenal. This week, we could very well see both newcomers Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie make their first appearance in the royal blue. It's OK to be giddy about this team.
For Bolasie, this will be the second consecutive game he plays against West Bromwich Albion, who topped his former club Crystal Palace 1-0 when the winger came on as a sub in the 66th minute last Saturday. Odds are he will be used in a substitute capacity yet again, but let's hope for a better result this time.
Last season, this fixture saw the two teams each nab wins on the road. First, Everton topped the Baggies 3-2 in September after going down by two goals from Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson. The Blues came roaring back thanks to a Romelu Lukaku brace and a goal from Arouna Kone. Then in February, Everton was undone by a single Salomon Rondon score, losing 1-0 at Goodison Park.
Against Spurs, Everton had to deal with seeing little of the ball and making opportunities on the counter. In the end, their only goal came from a set piece. Today, it will be the Toffees who have all of the possession and they will need to beat a West Brom side that will likely have 10 men behind the ball for 90 minutes. With it sounding like Lukaku is fit again this could be a dangerous Everton attack.
Oh yeah, you also get your first in-game look at Everton in their new yellow kit. It sounds like it's going to be a cloudy day, but you won't have any trouble spotting these boys.
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West Bromwich Albion
Starting XI - Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans; Gardner, Yacob, Fletcher, Phillips; Berahino, Rondon
Bench - Myhill; Morrison, McClean, Lambert, Leko, Field, Wilson
Starting XI - Stekelenburg, Baines, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Holgate, Barry, Gueye, Mirallas, Barkley, McCarthy, Deulofeu
Bench - Robles, Williams, Lukaku, Lennon, Bolasie, Cleverley, Oviedo