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Everton v West Brom LIVE commentary: Toffees welcome newly-promoted Baggies as GameDay special kicks off

Everton will be hoping to build on their impressive start to the new Premier League season when they host newly-promoted West Brom this afternoon. talkSPORT’s GameDay special kicks off at Goodison …

Everton will be hoping to build on their impressive start to the new Premier League season when they host newly-promoted West Brom this afternoon.

talkSPORT’s GameDay special kicks off at Goodison Park.

Everton made a fine start to the season and will be looking to put on a show against West Brom

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Everton made a fine start to the season and will be looking to put on a show against West Brom
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Everton won at Tottenham last weekend as Carlo Ancelotti’s men made a fine start to the 2020/21 campaign.

West Brom, meanwhile, suffered a heavy home defeat to Leicester as they returned to the top-flight and will face a tough task to get their first points of the season on Merseyside.

These two last met in January 2018 and played out a 1-1 draw with Oumar Niasse cancelling out Jay Rodriguez’s opener.

talkSPORT will be at Goodison this Saturday lunchtime to bring exclusive coverage as GameDay returns.

Everton v West Brom: How to listen

This match will get under way at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 19.

Full coverage from the Goodison Park will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage starting at 11am.

Mark Saggers will be your host before commentary from Nigel Adderley and Trevor Sinclair.

To tune in, click the radio player below or HERE for the live stream.

Here are the other ways to listen…

App iPhone – Download from the Apple store

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Radio – talkSPORT is available across the United Kingdom via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

TV – Listen to talkSPORT through your TV on the following channels: Sky: Channel 0108 Virgin Media: Channel 927 Freeview: Channel 723 Freesat: Channel 731

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Everton v West Brom: Confirmed team news

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne, Doucoure, Allan, Andre Gomes, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.

Subs: Kenny, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Bernard, Davies, Kean, Virginia.

West Brom: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Gibbs, Matheus Pereira, Livermore, Sawyers, Diangana, Robinson.

Subs: Robson-Kanu, Phillips, Harper, Edwards, Kipre, Button, Field.

Everton v West Brom: What has been said?

In an open letter to the fans, Everton captain Seamus Coleman said: “It’s fair to say that if we could have scripted our start to the new campaign then it probably would have panned out the way it has.

“I’ll start at Tottenham and as good an opening day performance as I have been involved in since I arrived at Everton.

“It was a massive statement that last season has gone and that we are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

“Nobody here is getting carried away but I am sure that neutral observers would have watched that game and sat up to take notice.

“It’s been a good week but once the games are done, we have a quick reflection and then start to prepare for the next one.

“I am pleased to see West Brom back in the Premier League. It’s where they belong and after a disappointing start last weekend, they will be determined to get their season under way as soon as possible.

“It’s up to us to make sure that it doesn’t happen this afternoon.

“These are still testing times for everyone, but we must stick together and keep doing what’s right…and hopefully we can give you more to smile about today.”

Slaven Bilic’s West Brom lost to Leicester on the opening weekend

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Slaven Bilic’s West Brom lost to Leicester on the opening weekend
Everton v West Brom: Match stats and facts
  • Everton have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League encounters with West Bromwich Albion (W5 D5), a 0-1 reverse at Goodison Park in February 2016 under Roberto Martinez.
  • West Brom have only won two of their 12 Premier League visits to Goodison Park (D4 L6), and just two of their last 19 away games at Everton in the top-flight overall (D8 L9).
  • Against no side have West Brom kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than they have against Everton (8, level with Sunderland).
  • Everton are winless in their last four home league meetings with newly promoted opposition (D1 L3), this after having won 10 in a row against promoted sides at Goodison Park beforehand.
  • Following their 1-0 win at Spurs on MD1, Everton are looking for back-to-back victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13.
  • West Bromwich Albion haven’t lost their first away game in any of their last six Premier League campaigns (W2 D4). Indeed, the Baggies have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five such games, with three goalless draws followed by 1-0 wins over Crystal Palace (2016-17) and Burnley (2017-18).
  • Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has never lost a Premier League game to a newly promoted club in 15 previous such matches (W11 D4); this is the most any manager has faced promoted sides without ever suffering defeat to one in the competition.
  • James Rodriguez created five chances on his Premier League debut for Everton last week, the most by a debutant in the competition since Alexis Sanchez with Arsenal in August 2014 (also 5).
  • Since the start ot last season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is Everton’s highest goalscorer in the Premier League (14), while Lucas Digne has provided more assists than any other player at the club (8). These two players combined for Everton’s winner against Tottenham on MD1.
  • Everton’s Theo Walcott scored a hat-trick against West Brom in the Premier League back in May 2015 for Arsenal, while he’s failed to net in each of his other six appearances against them in the competition.
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