West Brom v Everton Predicitons, Betting Tips and Previews
December 25, 2017
The Hawthorns - Premier League
Everton travel to the West Midlands on Boxing Day, in a clash that pits two of the Premier League's most recently appointed managers against each other.
Everton enjoyed back-to-back wins of The Baggies last season, winning 3-0 at Goodison Park and 2-1 in the West Midlands under former boss Ronald Koeman.
The Blues have lost just once in their last nine meetings with West Brom, with Alan Pardew's side winning 1-0 at Goodison Park in 2016 through a Salomon Rondon goal.
Everton could give some game time to forward Yannick Bolasie, as his continues his return from a long term knee injury, but he likely to be used as a substitute in this one.
Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are all on the verge of a first team return, but Sam Allardyce may opt to keep a settled team for this clash.
West Brom will hand late fitness tests to four players as Pardew looks to balance his squad over the festive period. Matty Phillips, James Morrison, Craig Dawson and Nacer Chadli are all injury doubts and a decision will be made on their fitness closer to kick off.
West Brom v Everton Preview and Predicitons
Everton have been revitalised by the arrival of Allardyce, winning four of their five Premier League games following his announcement as manager in November. He has injected confidence and organisation into a side that was badly lacking in both earlier this season.
Pardew, on the other hand, has found it harder to settle at West Brom, drawing two games and losing since he took over following Tony Pulis' exit from the club.
He will be keen to give the supporters something to cheer about on Boxing Day, and despite Allardyce's canny operation with Everton, he could rally the troops and pick up a draw - priced at 9/4.
Both sides will be pragmatic in this game, with Everton keen t preserve their unbeaten run under Allardyce and Pardew set to keep the West Brom project ticking over until the January transfer window opens up.
A under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 4/7.
A 1-1 draw at 5/1
A result that would be suitable for both managers during a testing festive period of fixtures, particularly as both bosses are still in the process of getting the methods across for the remainder of the season.
Wayne Rooney to score anytime at 2/1
Rooney has really benefited from Allardyce's arrival at the club, and his form has reflected that with three goals in his last three games for the Toffees. he looks fit and hungry to get Everton higher up the table than their early season form has reflected.