Everton V West Bromwich Albion: Match Preview

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Everton V West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park, Premier League, Saturday 31 March 2012, 15:00 KO

Team News

Everton's on-loan midfielder Steven Pienaar will return after being cup-tied for the Fa Cup quarter-final replay win at Sunderland.

David Moyes will be without Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman who are both still injured and won't feature.

Knee ligament damage sustained against Newcastle is likely to keep West Brom's James Morrison out for the remainder of the season.

Roy Hodgson may replace Morrison with Paul Scharner or Graham Dorrans - who has been training this week after a hamstring injury.

Chris Brunt has recovered from tonsillitis and will be available for selection along with Jerome Thomas who suffered a hamstring injury last weekend but has trained through the week.


Osman to earn his place at Wembley

With three games remaining between now and Everton's FA Cup semi-final clash with Liverpool at Wembley on April 20, midfielder Leon Osman believes competition for places can have a positive impact.

Speaking to Evertontv, Osman said: "It's all about training hard and trying to perform in these next three league games to get your form up and give yourself a chance of being picked by the manager for the [semi-final].

"We've got people now who see a big game around the corner, people coming back from injuries, people already in the team who want to stay in the team and fight for their place."

When Everton beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light they were without a string of key players. Victor Anichebe, Seamus Coleman, Royston Drenthe, Tony Hibbert, Denis Stracqualursi, Jack Rodwell and Phil Jagielka were all missing for the quarter-final victory.

To secure a place in the Merseyside derby at Wembley players will have to show David Moyes why they deserve it, starting tomorrow against West Brom.

"This game on Saturday is the start of that battle for contention," continued Osman. "There are three games between now and the semi-final and we'll take each one as it comes.

"The first one is West Brom, there are three points at stake and we'll certainly be going there to take all three."

Everton have already beaten the Baggies twice this season. At the Hawthorns they claimed a 1-0 win in the Premier League and at Goodison Park the Toffees won 2-1 after extra-time in the League Cup.

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