The Baggies could struggle to break down Everton at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
WBA v Everton - Saturday 15:00
As a man of substance over style, Tony Pulis will be delighted to have secured victory at one of his old stomping grounds last weekend, albeit not in spectacular fashion. Goals remain a problem for West Brom, with only Aston Villa scoring fewer last season, and against Everton Pulis’ side will look to set pieces for goals or hope to use his only major new signing Matt Phillips’ pace out wide on the break.
The additions of manager Ronald Koeman, experienced goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, central defender Ashley Williams and defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye should see Everton less generous at the back, and against Spurs they showed a willingness to be more direct and press from the front.
With Romelu Lukaku itching to leave, Gerard Deulofeu seems likely to keep his place up front. As a result, both sides lack an obvious source of goals and that coupled with Everton’s impressive defensive showing on the opening day, means that this could be a low-scoring affair. Nonetheless, Everton should have just enough to see off the Baggies and we fancy the 1-0 and 2-0 scorelines.