Preview: March in contention for a return against Everton

Graham Potter's team return to Premier League action at Goodison Park on Saturday, travelling to Merseyside to take on Everton.

By Bruce Talbot • 09 January 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Solly March is back in training ahead of the weekend's game with Everton.

Both teams will be looking to bounce back after suffering Emirates FA Cup exits last weekend. Albion went down 1-0 to Sheffield Wednesday after Graham Potter made seven changes to the team, while Everton were beaten 1-0 by Liverpool at Anfield. 

Albion have picked up four points in their previous two away games, beating AFC Bournemouth 2-0 and then drawing 1-1 with Chelsea on home soil. They last won on the road at Arsenal on 5th December.

Everton are three places and one point better off than Albion going into the game. The home side will be playing only their second home game under head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was appointed in December.

They lost 2-1 at Manchester City in their last Premier League encounter on New Year's Day, but had gone unbeaten in five league games previous to that under the Italian and caretaker Duncan Ferguson, who was in charge for three matches after the departure of Marco Silva in December.

Ancelotti's first game was a 1-0 win over Burnley at Goodison Park on Boxing Day, and two days later they won 2-1 at Newcastle United. Their last home defeat in the league came against Norwich City on November 23, when they lost 2-0.

Albion beat Everton 3-2 at the Amex at the end of October, but they have never won at Goodison Park. Their best results there were a 1-1 draw in 1981 and 2-2 draw in 1982.


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Highlights: Albion 3 Everton 2

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Dan Burn is ruled out with a broken collar bone and Aaron Mooy is a doubt because of a knee injury. Solly March is in contention for a return, but Jose Izquierdo remains a long-term absentee because of a knee injury.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with the Toffees the boss said, "Aaron Mooy has had a knock this week and he's not trained for the last few days.

"He's the only one apart from Jose Izquierdo and Dan Burn who'll we have to look at between now and Saturday.

"Solly March has trained all week, so he is in contention for the group. He has trained well, so there is a chance he will be in the squad."

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion midfielder Solly March.

Our last fixture…

Albion 0

Sheffield Wednesday 1
Reach (64)

Albion line-up: Button; Schelotto, Duffy, Webster, Bong (Bernardo 71), Balogun (Connolly 45); Stephens, Gross, Alzate, Bissouma (Jahanbakhsh 64); Maupay. 

Subs not used: Steele, Montoya, Propper, Cochrane.


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Highlights: Albion 0 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Their last fixture…

Jones (71)

Everton 0

Everton line-up: Pickford; Sidibe, Digne, Holgate, Coleman (Kean 63), Mina; Sigurdsson (Delph 63), Schneiderlin; Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Walcott (Bernard 77).

Subs not used: Stekelenburg, Baines, Keane, Davies.

The Everton player to watch…

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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in good goal scoring form and is highly regarded by head coach Carlo Ancelotti. 

The 22-year-old striker has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances including two against Chelsea in a 3-1 win last month and both in the 2-1 win at Newcastle United on December 28.

Calvert-Lewin also netted the only goal in Everton's Boxing Day victory over Burnley. He has played in all eight games since Marco Silva left the club last month and his 23 shots in the last six Premier League games is a statistic bettered by only two players. 

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