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5 Telling Stats from Everton’s Dominant 5-2 Win Over West Brom

Another win… top of the league… but what do the numbers tell us?

Everton v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Visionhaus

Top of the league with a 100% win rate.

How many more stats do you need?

If that’s not enough, though, take a look at five numbers from this win over West Brom.

Let’s get into it…

Unchanged

Same team that lined up v Spurs

Everton needed a break after last season which ended with a massive injury crisis. The Blues, now aided by four new acquisitions have a senior squad of over 30 players.

Despite the huge amount of options available to him, Ancelotti picked exactly the same team that beat Spurs last week.

Indeed, aside from the injured Mason Holgate, this line-up seems to be Everton at very full strength.

Little by Little

DCL bags four goals in opening two games

The improvement of Dominic Calvert-Lewin over the past couple of years has been incredible.

But, ahead of last season, the biggest criticism of him was that he didn’t score enough.

After bagging a decent return of 13 goals in 36 Premier League appearances in 2019/20, the powerful striker has now grabbed four in his opening two games this season as he continues to improve his poacher/fox-in-the-box mentality.

If this goalscoring form continues, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that he could challenge for the Golden Boot this season. After all, Jamie Vardy grabbed the honour last year with 23 strikes, while Southampton’s Danny Ings was just behind him on 22 – players that are hardly lightyears away from DCL.

Everton v West Bromwich Albion- Premier League Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

Character Development

Everton come from behind for just 2nd time in 3 years

Not once did Everton manage to come from behind to win under Marco Silva.

Indeed, prior to Carlo Ancelotti taking over, the last time Everton won after being in a losing position was when Leroy Fer put Swansea City ahead at Goodison in an eventual 3-1 win in December 2017.

Everton broke their duck after beating Watford 3-2 in February having gone 2-0 down, but this result was a satisfying one against a West Brom side certainly caused Everton a few problems early on.

Indeed, not just settling for 3-2 (and it could have even been more than 5-2) was a sign that Everton are starting to assert their dominance over opponents – something that has been lacking for a long time at Goodison Park.

Pass Success Rate

10 players record 80+% pass success rate

Once again, Everton’s composure and dominance on the ball was represented by how well they kept it.

Unlike in previous seasons, the Blues look considered and confident in possession – not just passing the ball back slowly at the back with no plan to create chances.

Last week, all of Everton’s outfield players recorded 80+% pass success rate, while this week every single player (including subs and Pickford) managed to do so apart from Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.

Optimism?

Nah.