Everton’s season is now all about overcoming city rivals Liverpool. As well their FA Cup semi-final date at Wembley in April, David Moyes’ side are on the hunt to overtake the Reds in the Premier League, sitting just two points below them. The club have once again enjoyed a post-Christmas revival, dispelling any lingering threats of relegation and climbing into the top half of the table. Their recent upturn in form has been built on solid foundations, with three clean sheets in their last four home games.
West Brom, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after their convincing 3-1 home defeat to high-flying Newcastle last weekend made it three games without a win. Despite their little wobble Albion’s Premier League status is not in threat, sitting 11 points clear of danger with eight games remaining. The Baggies have a mixed record against Everton in recent years having won four, drawn one and lost six of the Premier League meetings.
• 19% of the goals Everton have conceded have been netted by opposition defenders, the highest proportion of any team in the top division.
• 22% of the goals West Brom have scored have come from corners, the highest percentage in the Premier League.