Barclays Premier League
1st September 2012
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West Brom v Everton preview
Toffees in search of third straight win to start the season
Kevin Mirallas: Belgium international set to make his Premier League debut for Everton against West Brom
Everton are looking for a third straight Premier League win when they travel to the Hawthorns to take on unbeaten West Brom on Saturday.
The Toffees have not won their first three matches of the season in 19 years and three points here would take David Moyes' side level on points at the top of the table going into the international break.
Moyes will be pleased the transfer window has closed without the loss of any key personnel after Mikel Arteta's deadline day exit last year.
And with Belgium international Kevin Mirallas set for his Premier League debut after being involved against Leyton Orient in midweek, Everton look to have more strength in depth than recent years.
But none of that will make an away day against Albion an easy assignment.
Steve Clarke's side have already seen one optimistic Merseyside outfit leave the Black Country pointless after the Baggies' 3-0 win over Liverpool on the opening day.
They followed that up by riding their luck against Tottenham before showing impressive resilience to grab a late equaliser and West Brom will be hopeful of overtaking Everton in the table by 5pm on Saturday
West Brom team news
West Brom boss Steve Clarke will check on the fitness of several key players before finalising his side.
Defenders Steven Reid, Jonas Olsson and Liam Ridgewell, midfielders James Morrison, Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas plus strikers Peter Odemwingie and Romelu Lukaku all missed the midweek Capital One Cup tie at Yeovil.
Four of the eight returned to training on Thursday with Clarke indicating another two joined in on Friday.
Everton team news
Everton boss David Moyes has a fully-fit squad to select from, with Mirallas in contention for his Premier League bow.
Phil Neville is available despite having to come off towards the end of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup second-round victory over Leyton Orient with a hamstring problem, as is defender Tony Hibbert, who has missed the last two games with a neck injury.
Everton have won on two of their last three visits to The Hawthorns.
Everton did the double over West Brom last season - and also beat the Baggies in the League Cup. Victor Anichebe scored in both league games.
This is the first time West Brom are unbeaten after the first two games of a Premier League season since 2005-06. However, they ended up being relegated at the end of that campaign.
West Brom conceded nine penalties in last season's Premier League - the joint-highest total in the top flight.
James Morrison's last two Premier League goals have come in stoppage time, including in last week's draw at Tottenham.
Chris Brunt is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance.
Steve Clarke was on the winning side in all three matches against Everton last season as assistant manager to Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool. They won home and away in the Premier League, and 2-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Everton have won their first two Premier League matches of the season for the first time since 2007. The last time they won their first three league games was the 1993-94 season when they beat Southampton, Manchester City and Sheffield United.
The Toffees have now gone 11 league games without defeat. That run includes their 2-0 win over West Brom at Goodison Park at the end of March.
If they avoid defeat against West Brom, it will be their longest top-flight unbeaten run for 27 years since an 18-match streak from December 1984 to May 1985, when they won the old Division One title.
Steven Pienaar has scored four goals in his last eight league matches for Everton.
Phil Jagielka is set to make his 400th league appearance.
West Brom Foster, Myhill, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Jara Reyes, Tamas, Dawson, Jones, Dorrans, Yacob, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt, Gera, El Ghanassy, Thomas, Fortune, Long, Rosenberg, Odemwingie, Lukaku.
Everton Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka, Hibbert, Neville, Gibson, Fellaini, Pienaar, Osman, Jelavic, Naismith, Mucha, Heitinga, Coleman, Anichebe, Barkley, Gueye, Mirallas, Vellios, Duffy, Garbutt.