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West Brom v Everton: Toffees to enjoy half-time lead

| 13.09.2014

Everton have not had the best of starts to the new season and while the Toffees will be confident of a win against West Brom the stats point towards a share of the spoils.

The Merseyside outfit are favourites for the win at 11/10, while the Baggies are available at 13/5 and the draw can be backed at 12/5.

The latter option represents better value than at first glance and forms part of this three best bets Ladbrokes News has unearthed for this match.

Read on to find out why …

West Brom and Everton to draw @ 12/5

Home wins do not come easy for West Brom, with the Baggies winning just four games at the Hawthorns last year.

That said they know how to avoid defeat after drawing 15 games last term – four more time than anyone else.

Alan Irvine’s side have drawn three of their four competitive games this season too and look set for another stalemate with an Everton side that started last season with three straight draws and has shared the points in two of their three games so far this time round.

Everton to win first half @ 13/8

The Baggies have struggled to start games with a bang this season, scoring just one first half goal in four attempts.

By contrast, Everton have proven adept at finishing the first period well, with the Toffees netting a 45th-minute goal in each of their three Premier League matches so far.

Steven Naismith to score first @ 13/2 (or anytime at 7/4)

After adding Samuel Eto’o and Romelu Lukaku to the permanent playing squad this summer it is surprising to see Steven Naismith emerge as the biggest goal threat for Everton.

However, who are we to argue with form and after netting in all three of the Toffees’ games so far the Scot is certainly on something of a hot streak.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.