Everton expected 3-4-3 v West Brom: Two changes as attacking duo start
By Joe Nelson
Ronald Koeman is set to make two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day of the Premier League season.
Romelu Lukaku came through his first training session since a foot injury and will return to lead the line against West Brom, as Koeman sticks with a 3-4-3 formation.
He’ll be joined by new signing Yannick Bolasie, who is set to be drafted straight into the starting XI by Koeman after his £25m move from Crystal Palace this week.
Ross Barkley will be hoping to add to his tally after opening the scoring against Mauricio Pochettino’s men last week with a long-range free-kick.
It will be harsh on both Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu, who could slip to the bench. Deulofeu in particular had a solid pre-season for The Blues, but missed a vital chance against Tottenham when he was through one-on-one with the keeper.
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Everton were impressive last week as they took the game to Tottenham, and could well have killed the tie off and earned three points had their finishing been better.
However, they displayed a few frailties in the second half, which saw new keeper Maarten Stekelenburg forced into some top saves to keep The Toffees level and earn a point.
New signing Magaye Gueye excelled in the midfield against Spurs so is expected to retain his place for Koeman’s side, and he will be parented by the ever-present Gareth Barry.
Koeman’s defensive line will remain unchanged with Coleman still sidelined for another two weeks, although there’s a chance that Ashley Williams could make his Toffees debut.
The Hawthorns is expected to be sold out for West Brom’s first home game of the season and it promises to be a tight encounter.
West Brom kicked off their Premier League season with an impressive 1-0 away win to Crystal Palace courtesy of Salomon Rondon’s near-post header, and he is expected to partner Saido Berahino up-top for The Baggies, as they look for two wins from their first two games.
In other Everton team news, Sunderland have offered to make this Blues target their highest paid player.