CONFIRMED: West Bromwich Albion vs Everton line-ups: Stones returns to starting XI

West Brom - The Hawthorns

Here is how West Bromwich Albion and Everton will line-up for this afternoon’s match at The Hawthorns...

West Bromwich Albion starting XI: Foster; Wisdom, Olsson, Dawson, Pocognoli; Morrison, Gardner, Dorrans, Brunt; Berahino, Ideye.

Subs: Daniels, Gamboa, Baird, Yacob, McAuley, Blanco, Samaras.

Everton starting XI: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines; Barry, McCarthy; Mirallas, Naismith, McGeady; Lukaku.

Subs: Robles, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Gibson, Besic, Osman, Atsu.

Roberto Martinez and Alan Irvine meet for the first time since the Scot left Everton this summer to take the manager's job at West Bromwich Albion.

Irvine served under Martinez at Goodison Park last season as he oversaw the youth team, but left Merseyside to replace Pepe Mel as Baggies boss in June. Today, much will be placed on the pace of Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye, as West Brom search for their first win - particularly after their shambolic display at Swansea City in their last game.

Meanwhile, Everton are also without a win after draws with Leicester City and Arsenal, and the 6-3 defeat to Chelsea may have been entertaining to the neutral, but Martinez will have been disappointed with the poor defending on show against Jose Mourinho's side.

John Stones comes in for Sylvain Distin in defence as Everton look to tighten up in the back four, but in-form duo Steven Naismith and Aiden McGeady will be looking to continue their respective purple patches against the Baggies, who have heavily disappointed so far this term.

Irvine may want to get one over his friend Martinez, but given Everton's attacking options and decent displays against the bigger sides, the Toffees should be made favourites.

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