The Paddy Power Blog brings you live text commentary from The Hawthorns where West Brom face Everton. We’ll also bring you all the goals as they happen in the other 3.00pm Premier League games.
FT West Ham 3-0 Fulham – Nolan 1, Reid 29, Taylor 41.
FT Swansea 2-2 Sunderland – Routledge 44, Michu 71 – Fletcher 40 and 45,
FT Tottenham 1-1 Norwich – Dembele 68 – Snodgrass 85
FT West Brom 2-0 Everton – Long 65, McAuley 82
FT Wigan 2-2 Stoke – Maloney (pen) 5, Di Santo 49 – Walters (pen) 40, Crouch 76
4.57pm: A great start for manager Steve Clarke at West Brom. The Baggies have now beaten both Merseyside clubs at The Hawthorns and they remain unbeaten in their opening three games – their best start to a Premier League season.
As for Everton I wouldn’t say it’s anything more than a minor setback. The loss of Gibson in the first half seemed to badly affect them as Neville moved into midfield and West Brom started to take control. David Moyes has two weeks to get his team ready for the next match against Newcastle.
4.55pm: FULL TIME! West Brom 2-0 Everton
4.53pm: West Brom finished 10th last season and I wouldn’t be surprised if they improved on that slightly this year. They look like they have a very strong squad and it’s been an impressive start to the season. Two minutes to go.
4.51pm: There’s a whopping five minutes of Fergie Time!
4.50pm: West Brom just trying to take the sting out of this game now. The Baggies looks et to move on to seven points from their opening three games and it will be Everton’s first defeat of the year.
4.47pm: Chance for Everton but Jagielka drags his shot and it comes off Fellaini’s heel near the back post. It looked like it was going wide anyway but it was a good chance if it had fallen better for the Toffees.
4.45pm: Five minutes left and WBA are good value for their lead. They’ve played some good football today and the introduction of Odemwingie by Steve Clarke was very clever. A brave managerial decision pays off.
4.44pm: GOAL!! Robert Snodgrass equalises for Norwich at White Hart Lane!
4.41pm: GOAL!! 2-0 WEST BROM! And it is nothing less than they deserve. Howard flaps at a corner and Gareth McAuley heads home. Game over?
4.39pm: This would be West Brom’s seventh clean sheet in the last nine home games! Nice stat attack from the commentator there!
4.38pm: Ten minutes plus added time left and Everton are 22/1 to win with the draw at 7/2. WBA are 1/5 to hold on.
4.37pm: Is there a way back for Everton? While all those goals were going in they made two changes bringing Naismith and Neville off for new signing Mirallas and Anichebe.
4.32pm: GOAL! Peter Crouch equalises for Stoke. What a game that is! 2-2 at the DW Stadium now.
4.31pm: If West Brom hold on this will be their best start to a Premiership season ever!
4.29pm: It’s all West Brom at the Hawthorns. Everton haven’t recovered since going behind and it’s 11/4 for the draw with Everton out to 14/1 to come back and win.
4.28pm: GOAL!! It’s all happening! Michu gets another goal for the season and it’s 2-2 at the Liberty Stadium!
4.26pm: GOAL! Dembele, only on the pitch at half-time, puts Tottenham in front on his debut!
4.24pm: GOAL!! Incredible! Technology in Power Tower let me down as the feed crashed but when it comes back on Shane Long is celebrating! Odemwingie down the left does all the hard work and crosses for Long who just has to roll it home. A great goal.
4.20pm: West Brom are 11/10 to score next, Everton are odds-on at 4/6.
4.18pm: Odemwingie coming on is a very attacking move from the Baggies. This game could really open up now.
4.17pm: Dorrans hits a free-kick that is headed behind by Jagielka. That’s the last touch of the game for Dorrans who makes way for Odemwingie.
4.15pm: 11/4 for a West Brom win now and 11/5 for Everton. The draw is evens.
4.13pm: Great move from Everton almost breaks the deadlock. Pienaar and Fellaini combine to release Baines whose shot is blocked. From the corner Fellaini pulls the ball out of the sky, swivels, and drags a shot wide of the post.
4.12pm: Steven Reid appears to have picked up a hammy injury and Jones comes on to replace him at full-back. Tough for Reid who has struggled with injuries through his career.
4.10pm: Messy opening five minutes to this half. Plenty of little niggly fouls in the middle of the park.
4.07pm: GOAL! Wigan take the lead at home to Stoke and it’s a goal for Franco Di Santo!
4.06pm: There was a slight delay as Fellaini had to go back down the tunnel to get blue tape on instead of white. Fashion is important kids.
4.03pm: We’re off and underway for the second half at The Hawthorns.
3.56pm: West Brom certainly finished the stronger team in that half and Fortune was having a lot of joy against Tony Hibbert. It will be interesting to see what, if any changes, the men in charge make once the second half gets going.
3.53pm: GOAL! Sunderland re-take the lead away at Swansea and Fletcher has got his second on his debut for the Black Cats.
3.51pm: The odds for you at half-time look like this. West Brom to win is 5/2, Everton are 2/1 and the draw is 6/5.
3.48pm: HALF-TIME! Still 0-0 but a very entertaining game. Everton settled better and looked dangerous for the opening quarter of an hour but since the West Brom have had the two best chances. Shane Long thundered a header against the bar unmarked, six yards out and just before the break Howard did fantastically to deny Morrison.
3.47pm: Baines whips in a delightful cross that is asking Jelavic to poke home from six yards but it is brilliantly defended from Olsson who gets it away.
3.47pm: GOAL! Swansea equalise at the Liberty Stadium thanks to Wayne Routledge.
3.45pm: INSPIRED GOALKEEPING!! Morrison gets away from Distin after selling him a dummy and he’s in all kind of room to fire his shot away but Howard narrowed the angle and pulls off a great save with his right hand. Brilliant goalkeeping from the Everton shot stopper.
3.44pm: Fellaini penalised again for pushing Reid in the box and the ref is having a word with the big man.
3.40pm: GOALS GALORE! Swansea are behind to Sunderland after a goal from Steven Fletcher and Stoke equalise at the DW Stadium thanks to a Jonathan Walters penalty!
3.38pm: West Brom invite Neville on to them but sensibly he decides not to shoot and he plays in Naismith who puts a cross on to Jelavic’s head. It was a cracking cross inviting Jelavic to head it home but the effort was tame and it’s easy for Foster. Disappointing from Jelavic.
3.36pm: YELLOW CARD. Tony Hibbert booked for going in late on Fortune. Hibbert dived in with his studs showing and has no complaints. Fortune has had a lot more joy on the ball since Hibbert had to come on for the injured Gibson.
3.35pm: Ten minutes till the break and West Brom have had the better of the last 15 minutes.
3.32pm: Long should have done a lot better with that header. Distin was nowhere near him and he’s only seven or eight yards out. The bar is still shaking. It was a mighty powerful header.
3.30pm: And now Fellaini comes close with a header. A cross-field ball by Naismith is headed just over with Foster well beaten.
3.29pm CROSSBAR! Ridgewell puts a cracking cross into the box and it’s a free header for Shane Long who thunders it against the bar. Close for West Brom. They are 11/8 to score first and Long is 13/2 to bag first.
3.28pm: West Brom fizz the ball around as they break and a promising attack comes to nothing as Morrison can’t catch up with the through ball. Positive signs if you’re a Baggie.
3.27pm: Pienaar and Baines are combining well down the left flank and that is where the biggest danger is for the Baggies.
3.26pm: Baines whips in a cross after being blocked off by Reid but Jelavic’s header is miles off target and is still rising.
3.24pm: West Brom growing in to this game now and it’s a pretty even contest. The Baggies are 23/10 for the win with Everton at 7/5.
3.21pm: Steven Reid has an effort from a good 35+ yards but it’s straight at Tim Howard who holds on to it well. There were appeals from the crowd that Olsson was having his shirt tugged from the corner but the ref isn’t bothered.
3.20pm: Fortune immediately tests Hibbert and wins West Brom a corner.
3.19pm: Darren Gibson is in trouble here after sustaining a knock and he’s making way for Tony Hibbert. It looks to be a groin injury I think. That means that Phil Neville will move into midfield.
3.15pm: It’s certainly not a thrilling game and we haven’t had a clear-cut chance in the opening 15 minutes but Everton have looked more threatening. They are an appealing 10/11 to score first.
3.14pm: Pienaar is back on and seems to have recovered quite well. This fixture last season ended 1-0 to Everton and that scoreline is currently 11/2 in-play.
3.12pm: Pienaar is off the pitch to receive more attention and from the free-kick Fellaini is penalised for a push as the ball was whipped in.
3.11pm: Pienaar still down and recieving treatment. This would be a big loss to Everton. If Yacob keeps putting in tackles like that you can expect Everton to get plenty of free-kicks around the box. Baines to score first is 16/1.
3.09pm: Pienaar gets flattened by Yacob and he’s in a fair bit of pain now. That was a hefty tackle.
3.07pm: Fellaini follows through on Olsson but the ref misses it. A little bit nasty that challenge from the big midfielder and he’s lucky to escape any from of punishment.
3.06pm: GOAL FOR WIGAN! The Latics lead through a penalty from Shaun Maloney.
3.04pm: Pressure from Everton, Pienaar has a shot from the edge of the area that’s blocked and then Jelavic heads a corner off target. It’s a good start from the Toffees but Jelavic should really do better there.
3.03pm: Bright start from both teams here. Knocking the ball around the middle of the park very comfortably.
3.00pm: The home side kick off and we’re good to go in all the other 3pm matches.
2.57pm: August was a good month for these two teams and both are defending their unbeaten runs in the league and trying to build on that momentum. The sun is beaming down in the Midlands and the pitch is looking in great nick.
2.55pm: The teams are in the tunnel and the Hawthorns is absolutely buzzing.
2.45pm: 15 minutes till kick-off and the 15/8 on over 1.5 first half goals has caught my eye. I think this game could be quite an open affair from the start.
2.41pm: And here’s the Everton team that will face them.
- 24 Howard
- 03 Baines
- 06 Jagielka
- 15 Distin
- 18 Neville
- 04 Gibson
- 21 Osman
- 22 Pienaar
- 25 Fellaini
- 07 Jelavic
- 14 Naismith
2.40pm: Here’s the West Brom line up for today’s game.
- 01 Foster
- 02 Reid
- 03 Olsson
- 06 Ridgewell
- 23 McAuley
- 05 Yacob
- 07 Morrison
- 17 Dorrans
- 21 Mulumbu
- 09 Long
- 32 Fortune
2.37pm: West Ham beat Fulham 3-0 and go up to fourth! Champions League football for the Upton Park faithful next year? Probably not to be honest.
2.34pm: I fancy it to be a close encounter at The Hawthorns today and both teams to remain unbeaten by the end of it. I fancy goals though and 1-1 is 5/1 with 2-2 at 11/1. I might go for a cheeky scorecast with Pienaar to score first and it to end 1-1 at 45/1. Drinks on me if that one comes in!
2.31pm: Jelavic is the 11/2 favourite to open the scoring this afternoon. Fellaini is 8/1 and Pienaar is a tasty looking 12/1 after the South African was first on the scoresheet last week. Odemwingie and Shane Long are both 13/2 and Zolton Gera is an appealing 12/1.
2.24pm: Still haven’t found a West Brom WAG for you but Cat Deeley is a celebrity fan. With that in mind here she is getting ready to cheer on the baggies. I’ve also heard she likes the look of over 2.5 goals at evens. Cheers Cat.
2.22pm: West Brom are 2/1 to win today’s match with Everton favourites at 7/5. The draw is 23/10.
2.21pm: In our featured game it’s being reported that both teams are naming unchanged sides from last weekend. We’ll bring you the full line-ups when we have confirmation.
2.19pm: Big Sam is loving this. To be honest it’s not pretty football but he’s delighted. The ball is very rarely on the deck but this is the way Big Sam wants it. The long-ball routine is football porn to Allardyce.
2.14pm: I’ve spent a good five minutes now looking for a West Brom WAG but I’m struggling. Meanwhile in the early kick-off West Ham lead Fulham 3-0. Andy Carroll has been substituted with what looks like some trouble with his hammy but it was a great debut for the pony-tailed striker.
2.09pm: Marouane Fellaini has been instrumental in Everton’s wins against Manchester United and Aston Villa. The Paddy Power Blog team are fans of the big man and we’re also massive fans of his missus.
2.03pm: Just under an hour until we get underway in the Midlands. Both West Brom and Everton have had promising starts to the season and will be looking to extend their unbeaten runs.