Relegation-battling West Bromwich Albion return to action on Thursday night looking to string together two consecutive league wins for the first time this season, as they welcome Everton to the Hawthorns.
Much was made of the win over Brighton on Saturday afternoon, with Lee Mason’s performance and missed penalties dominating the headlines in the coming hours, but the win injected some life into Sam Allardyce’s fight against what could be his first ever relegation.
If the Baggies are to survive, they’ll have to overcome one of Big Sam’s former clubs, as in-form Everton come into the game looking to go above at least one of Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham in the race for the top four.
Everton are almost an entirely different club to the one Allardyce left back in 2018, with plans for a new stadium progressing, and players like James Rodriguez turning out for the Toffees, as well as having a Champions League winning manager on the touchline.
Speaking of James, the Colombian is a doubt for the trip to the Midlands with muscle tightness which kept him out of the 1-0 win over Southampton on Monday night. Tom Davies, Seamus Coleman and Robin Olsen are all being assessed ahead of the trip as well.
Yerry Mina has a calf injury and won’t recover in time to play, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin is still a few weeks from making a return. Forever-injured Fabian Delph has a tendon problem and won’t add to his 211 minutes of league action.
West Brom have no one definitely ruled out for the game, with Semi Ajayi returning from suspension and likely to start. Kieran Gibbs was sent off when the two sides met earlier this season for a petulant slap on James Rodriguez, and could return from a neck injury for round two. Robert Snodgrass was rested against Brighton because of a calf injury, but should be OK to play.
A win for the Baggies would close the gap on 18th-placed Fulham to three points and give them some momentum going into the last 11 games. If Everton take anything from the game, they’re guaranteed to go into the weekend in the top six, with Chelsea facing Liverpool later on Thursday night.
West Brom take on Everton at the Hawthorns on Thursday, March 4th. Kick-off is at 6pm.