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Predicting Everton’s First Eleven For West Brom Game


Ever since losing to Manchester City at Goodison Park last month, Everton are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions going into Monday’s clash against West Brom.

Who will feature in the starting eleven for the Blues as they aim to maintain that unbeaten record at the Hawthorns? Here is my prediction.

Goalkeeper – Tim Howard

Joel Robles deputised adequately in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but Howard very much remains the number one after a solid start to the season.

Right-Back – Tyias Browning

It is unlikely that Seamus Coleman will be back in time for the match on Monday, and despite playing well at full-back on Tuesday night, surely Aaron Lennon can’t feature there regularly?

After the test of dealing with Jefferson Montero at the weekend, Browning should feel very comfortable going into this clash against the Baggies, who don’t possess a player of that quality out wide.

Centre-Back – Phil Jagielka

The captain has been solid and consistent so far in the campaign, which has been a welcome change from this time last year when he looked well short of his best.

A definite starter.

Centre-Back – John Stones

In normal circumstances this would be a guarantee, but Stones came off with an injury at the Madejski Stadium in midweek, so it is unclear whether he will be fit.

Roberto Martinez quickly moved to ease any worries after that game though, and it would appear that the defender will resume his normal role at centre-back on Monday.

Left-Back – Brendan Galloway

With injuries to Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo it would be easy to say that Galloway has been gifted this spot, but that would be harsh on the youngster.

The former MK Dons man has made the position his own in recent weeks with some extremely composed performances – another one at the Hawthorns would do nicely.

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Defensive Midfielder – James McCarthy

Barring injury, McCarthy will always be one of the first names on the teamsheet.

He was brilliant against Reading in the week and came out of that tie unscathed so he should feature from the start you would imagine.

Defensive Midfielder – Gareth Barry 

Barry was one of the disappointing performers in a list of many from last season, but it has been a case of so far so good in 2015-16.

The midfielder changed the game when he came on against Reading and he will almost certainly start on Monday night, and rightly so.

Right Winger – Steven Naismith

Everyone has forgotten that Naismith nearly left in the transfer window, and his performance and hat-trick against Chelsea at Goodison Park was the perfect way to prove his worth.

Often an underrated player among Evertonians and the manager, Naismith will likely start against the Baggies after his impressive showings in recent games.

Attacking Midfielder – Ross Barkley

Barkley got the Toffees back on track in the week when they were behind and was the best player on the pitch alongside Gerard Deulofeu.

He finally looks somewhere near his best after a poor spell last year and it is hard to see him being left out by Martinez.

Left Winger – Arouna Kone

This is a tough one to call given the contrasting fortunes of Kone and Deulofeu in recent weeks, but you get the sense that Martinez seems to trust the former more in that position.

It is a baffling tactical choice and one that will not sit well with the visiting fans, but I fear it is a selection that will occur.

Forward – Romelu Lukaku

With Arouna Kone being deployed in the three behind the striker and Leandro Rodriguez not yet ready for the Premier League, Lukaku is nailed on to start against his former loan club.

The Belgian needs a big performance though, because his recent displays have been lethargic and concerning in their lack of dynamism.

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