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Stuart Dalgleish 28th Feb 2009 - 9:16

Toffees should bag more home points

Everton host bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion knowing that only a win will do if they have any hopes of finishing in a lucrative top four position. The Toffees have had miserable luck with injuries this season, and will be rocked with the news that midfield playmaker Mikel Arteta will now be out for six months.

Despite constantly being without star players David Moyes' team have done remarkably well to keep in contention with the top five places. Victory at Goodison Park will leave them only a point behind fifth-placed Arsenal.

For West Brom the points are crucial for very different reasons, games are running out for Tony Mowbray's side to beat the drop and if results go against them the Baggies will find themselves six points off safety after the weekend's fixtures. The away side have been pretty woeful on their travels this season, only winning once out of 13 games scoring just six goals along the way.

Goalscoring responsibilities have laid at the feet (or head) of Everton's Australian midfield man Tim Cahill and he is joint favourite with loan signing Jo to break the deadlock this weekend, both available at 4/1 for the first goal.

Dan Gosling wrote his name into Everton folklore with his extra time winner against rivals Liverpool in the recent FA Cup replay, if you think he can add to that strike you can bet on him at 10/1 to notch the first of the afternoon or 7/2 to score at anytime of the match.

Goals have been very hard to come by for the visiting team and that is reflected in the odds, loan pairing Jay Simpson, 9/1 for the opening goal, and Marc-Antoine Fortune, 12/1 for the first goal, are the most likely options to hit the back of the net.

With the home win priced at 1/2 maybe value might be found with some correct score bets, all four of Everton's Premier League wins in this fixture have been by one goal, a 2-1 win for the Blues is 13/2 and if you think it might be a goal fest then a 3-2 win might be the bet for you at 28/1. The draw is available at 3/1 and Tony Mowbray's West Brom are a massive 6/1 to take all three points back to the Midlands.

You can catch all the action from Goodison Park at 12:45 with our brilliant betlive service sure to have all the angles covered with a huge range of in-running betting opportunities.

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