Ronald Koeman is having a good time in his first season at Goodison Park as his Everton side are currently 7th in the points table, just 5 points off of a place in Europe next season. They lost the chance to cover some ground in the last game when they lost to a stoppage time winner from Tottenham’s Dele Alli at White Hart Lane. They have a chance to get back to winning ways when they welcome Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion to Goodison Park this weekend.
The Baggies have been in decent form, picking up 7 points from the last 4 games but they were also on the losing end last weekend when they fell to a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace at home. Koeman will not be happy with anything less than a point from this game and will go with his strongest side.
Everton could welcome back 19-year-old forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin for this game, who has just returned after an injury. Darron Gibson, Yanick Bolasie and Mo Besic will remain long term injuries and the only other issues with the squad for Koeman ahead of this game.
Predicted Everton lineup to face West Brom
Joel Robles (GK):
Keeping Stekelenburg out of the side constantly, Robles has been decent this season and Koeman should stick with him in between goal for this tie.
Seamus Coleman (RB):
Coleman is arguably one of the best players this season in the league at his position and will be a constant menace for the Baggies at both ends of the field.
Ashley Williams (CB):
The former Swansea man has cemented a place in the starting XI under Koeman at Goodison Park and he should keep his place in the side for this clash.
Ramiro Funes-Mori (CB):
Though not at his best this season, Funes-Mori has been the first choice centre back for the manager and he should partner Williams at the back for Everton.
Leighton Baines (LB):
Baines has been another defender who has been consistent this season for Everton and will need to have a decent game if Everton are to come out of this game with a comfortable victory.
Idrissa Gueye (CM):
An impressive outing against Tottenham was not enough for his side in the previous game and Gueye will hope to put in a similar performance with better effect in the midfield this weekend.
Morgan Schneiderlin (CM):
The former Manchester United man seems re-ignited under Ronald Koeman and he should partner Gueye in this game for Everton.
Gareth Barry (CM):
The veteran midfielder has played an important role this season for the Toffees as he lends balance to Koeman’s Everton side.
Ross Barkley (LW):
The English winger has not been able to create enough chances for his side this season but he is finding some form of late and should start this game on the wing.
Tom Davies (RW):
The surprise package for Everton this season, Davies is now a regular in the first team under Koeman and will be a danger man in attack for the visitors.
Romelu Lukaku (ST):
Lukaku is the top goal scorer in the league at the moment and was on target in the previous game. He will hope to improve his tally with a match-winning performance against the Baggies.