Writer: S Wilton
Date:Saturday November 27 2010
27 November 2010
The Baggies travel up to Liverpool looking to turn around a run of results that has seen them just get one point from a possible fifteen points and that was at bottom club West Ham.
The stats don't tell the whole story though as the Baggies have been very unfortunate not to pick up more in those games. A wrong sending off against Blackpool started the slide and last week's ridiculous defeat to Stoke courtesy of two poor penalty decisions by the referee hopefully signalled the end of the bad run.
A game against Everton is not where you would expect Albion's luck to change as they have such a poor record there. However, the Toffees have been going through a bad run of form themselves and are level on points with Albion but like the Baggies they have been unfortunate in a number of those games and could count themselves unfortunate not to be higher up the table.
Today's game is sure to be played with a high intensity as both teams are looking over their shoulders at the relegation zone. Let's hope that the game is played in the right spirit and neither side is bemoaning bad refereeing decisions come 5pm tonight.
'I don't think we've been rewarded for what we've produced in the last five games.
The performance levels have been good but sometimes you need decisions to go for you.
At West Ham, we were three versus two at one stage and one of our players made the wrong decision, so you need to look at that.
We've also had four penalties against us in the last five games.
Suspensions and injuries haven't helped.
Brunt and Olsson are big players for us.
Liverpool miss Torres and Gerrard and aren't the same team.
Lampard, Terry, Drogba at Chelsea - it's the same thing.
But, we will keep fighting - I want my team to keep fighting - and there is hope for us if we keep going.'
Victor Anichebe could be back for Everton after scoring for the reserves in midweek.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is again missing as he serves the final match of his three-game ban for his red card against Bolton.
Leon Osman is still out.
Cahill is always likely to pop up with a goal so the Baggies defence will have to keep a close eye on him.
Chris Brunt looks like he will miss out again and Jonas Olsson remains sidelined but James Morrison and Steven Reid have been passed fit. The game may have come a little too early for Ishmael Miller to get a space on the bench following his return to full training.
There has been plenty of effort from Odemwingie in the last few games but things haven't come off for him. His luck might change this afternoon.
Form guide (last six league matches)
Lee Mason is today's referee and he is one of the fairest refs in the Premier League.
Albion play in the League Cup quarter finals on Wednesday night and this will be followed by a home game against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Date:Saturday November 27 2010
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