Everton v West Brom preview: Theo Walcott set for debut
Last Updated: 20/01/18 1:57pm
Everton's new signing Theo Walcott is set for his debut against West Brom with the Toffees looking to improve their recent run of form.
Sam Allardyce will become the 31st manager in the modern era of English football to reach the landmark of 1000 competitive matches on Saturday.
Despite taking 19 of 27 points at home this season, Allardyce's Everton have failed to record a single shot on target in their last two home games and have lost their last three league games.
Meanwhile, West Brom gained a morale-boosting first win in 20 games last weekend when seeing off Brighton 2-0 courtesy of headed goals by Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson.
However, away from The Hawthorns, wins have been scarce - they have only won one of their last 20 Premier League matches on the road.
Defender Michael Keane has recovered from a gashed foot that has caused him to miss the last two matches.
Full-back Seamus Coleman is back in training after making a full recovery from his broken leg last March but is still a few weeks away from match fitness.
West Brom are hopeful that Ahmed Hegazi and Craig Dawson will both be fit after a clash of heads against Brighton last week. James Morrison (calf) and Nacer Chadli (thigh) are out.
The Toffees have lost one of their last 10 Premier League clashes with West Brom (W5 D4), losing 1-0 at Goodison Park in February 2016.
The Baggies have failed to score in 10 of their last 16 league visits to Goodison Park, including three of their last four.
Everton had 17 shots on target in Sam Allardyce's first four Premier League games in charge, scoring seven goals - however, in his last five, Everton have managed just four shots on target, scoring once.
The Toffees haven't had a single shot on target in the Premier League since Idrissa Gueye's goal against Bournemouth, a run of 213 minutes without one - they have had 21 shots since Gueye scored.
Sam Allardyce has never lost a home Premier League match against the Baggies (P8 W2 D6 L0); his only home league defeat against them came in December 2000 in the second tier as Bolton manager, a 1-0 defeat via a Jason Roberts goal.
Wayne Rooney has had a hand in 14 goals in 13 Premier League starts against West Brom (seven goals, seven assists).
Good result for West Brom last week, it was coming, and I think they've been a bit unlucky recently, not getting the results but making the chances.
I think Everton have a little bit of a pick-me-up signing Theo Walcott, the crowd will be buzzing. I can see why Everton have gone for him, they've needed some pace for a while. And if you get over 100 goals for Arsenal, that's no mean feat.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (9/2 with Sky Bet)