Pepe Hopes To Meld Baggies Together

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Taking over from axed manager Steve Clarke, the charter for Pepe Mel at West Bromich Albion is simple – make sure the Baggies remain in the EPL. Currently they are in 14th spot, just three points out of the relegation zone and facing an Everton side which can slip past Liverpool and Tottenham into fourth.

The Baggies are the draw-specialists this season, recording the highest number of stalemates (9), including a 0-0 result against Everton at Goodson Park in week two. Mel’s immediate mission is to re-energise West Brom after a 1-0 away loss to Southampton and a mediocre mid-season run which has seen the club pick-up just eight points from a possible 33. The Spaniard also has to contend with the furore surrounding striker Nicolas Anelka. Shirt sponsor Zoopla is threatening to withdraw its support should Anelka play following his controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture (deemed by some, including Zoopla’s Jewish co-owner Alex Chesterman, as anti-Semetic). The Frenchman is facing a five-match ban for his inverted ‘Nazi salute’.

Unbeaten in its last six games on the road, the Toffees head to The Hawthorns full of confidence. Included in their handy ‘half-dozen’ road returns are a 2-1 victory at Swansea, a 1-0 success at Old Trafford and a 2-0 result at Villa Park. Striker Romelu Lukaku will sport a new look, having cut his dreadlocks in favour of a more conventional hair-style. Everton’s latest singing Aiden McGeady is expected to make his debut after moving from Spartak Moscow. The 27 year old Scot was recommended to Everton manager Roberto Martinez by international super-stars Lionel Messi and Xavi who rated McGeady as Spartak’s best player.

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