Everton are considered to be 6/5 favourites to beat West Brom in the Monday night kick-off as Pepe Mel officially takes charge of his first game as boss of The Baggies.
Everton are always difficult opponents to face at the best of times and Pepe Mel is going to have to adjust to the Premier League fast as his new side West Brom welcome The Toffees to The Hawthorns on Monday night.
Mel joins West Brom at a time where the club could propel themselves into the mid-table battle with a win potentially placing them in 10th place at the end of the night.
However, the hosts are struggling to have any fit strikers for the game following the departure of Shane Long to Hull and both Victor Anichebe and Stephane Sessengon major injury doubts.
It doesn’t get any easier at the back with defenders Billy Jones and Goran Popov also ruled out with eye and neck injuries respectively.
Mel’s only fit attacking player will be Nicolas Anelka who has a good scoring record against Everton netting eight goals against The Toffees in his long Premier League career.
Everton will have a win firmly in their sights as they know that getting three points will be enough for them to leap frog Liverpool and reclaim the coveted fourth spot in the table.
As Ross Barkley is out with a broken toe, it means that Irish winger Aiden McGeady is almost certain to be included in the side and make his Premier League debut.
There is also mixed news for Roberto Martinez in defence as he is able to welcome back Sylvain Distin to the squad after a hamstring injury but Antolin Alcaraz is still struggling with his injuries that have plagued his time at Everton so far.
With Distin back in the squad, it will make the back four a major threat at set pieces with Everton defenders having already scoring 10 times this season – the same combined figure that West Brom’s attackers have managed to muster all season long.
There is no doubt that Pepe Mel’s appointment will give a huge confidence boost to the West Brom side however Everton’s recent form makes them a fierce opponent that will pose many difficult questions that a new manager will struggle to answer in his opening match.