West Bromwich Albion vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 22: Open Thread

West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel will make his debut today as the new boss in charge of the Baggies. However, the match has already been clouded in controversy after the club’s shirt sponsor threatened to axe their deal with the club if striker Nicolas Anelka was included in tonight’s squad. And he has. So the sponsor has announced they’re pulling their funding and don’t plan on renewing their deal with the club. Anelka starts today.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on NBCSN at 2:45pm ET.

Starting line-ups:

West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt (c), Morrison, Yacob, Gera, Vydra, Anelka

Subs: Myhill (gk), Mulumbu, Berahino, Jones, Anichebe, Sessegnon, Amalfitano

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Osman, Oviedo, Mirallas, Lukaku

Subs: Robles, McGeady, Hibbert, Heitinga, Stones, Vellios, Naismith

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

14 thoughts on “West Bromwich Albion vs Everton, Premier League Gameweek 22: Open Thread”

    1. Ah, you beat me to it! I was just about to post that it’s wonderful to hear Martin Tyler’s voice and commentary again!

        1. Exactly… Yesterday Arlo missed key plays because he kept on blabbing about everything except what was going on the pitch..

          Hate to say it but I’m cringing lately when I see his name on the commentator list.. He just is not up to par as the TWI guys.


  1. Martin tyler is huge person and such respected person in football! Known all over the world. Yu can’t compare this guy to another commentator. If you go to asia,africa, the only man that people love to hear is legendry”tyler”.

  2. Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe did a better job with the monitor for their analysis at half time. But no matter how hard they try and how much they practice, it still doesn’t work as well as it could if they were using a different software platform. It’s better but still clunky. Plus I don’t want to see Robbie Mustoe’s back standing in front of the flat-screen monitor. I want to see the screen and visuals, not Earle or Mustoe (hearing their voices is fine).

  3. Good point earned for West Brom. You could see the players working hard which is what you normally see when a new manager comes in. Let’s see if that work rate continues for the rest of the season.

    Everton didn’t look very sharp and didn’t move the ball as fluently as they normally do. They missed Barkley and Pienaar. Still they are only one point behind 4th which is a tremendous achievement given their talent compared to the other teams above them. Sets up a fantastic Merseyside derby next Tuesday. Can’t wait!

  4. Poor game. Everton were particularly woeful. The Baggies were no better but I don’t expect so much from them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they boing right back to the Championship.

  5. Gaffer….get Arlo to model himself on Tyler…..let the game breathe instead of smothering the telecast American style.

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