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Distin's disallowed goal is the last action as Everton are held to a 1-1 draw by Mel's West Brom.

Distin has the ball in the net but he is stood in an offside position to turn in Barry's wayward shot.

Foster lunges from his line to take the ball off Naismith's toe after Lukaku had tried to power through the Albion defence.

Four minutes of added time to be played.

Reid curls a 30-yard free-kick over the Everton wall but Howard makes a comfortable save.

Everton's Osman is replaced by Naismith for the last few minutes.

McGeady attempts to play through Lukaku but the pass is heavily over-hit.

Another Brunt cross is missed by everyone, with this one floating over the heads of his Albion team-mates.

Lukaku attempts an acrobatic volley following Baines' cross but the striker fails to connect. Mirallas then looks for a penalty, more in hope than expectation, after a challenge from Lugano. Referee Oliver rightly ignores the claim.

Everton relieve some pressure with an attack down the right but Lukaku's low cross is cleared with ease.

McGeady comes off the Everton bench for his debut. Oviedo makes way.

Brunt fizzes a low ball across the face of goal after being put clear on the left by Anichebe, but the delivery is too firm for the onrushing Albion attack.

Coleman hobbles off, with Stones coming on in the Everton right-back's place.

Berahino replaces Anelka and the forward immediately tests Howard with a deflected drive which the Everton keeper gratefully grasps

The big centre-half, who had stayed forward after a corner, got across Distin at the near post to meet Morrison's driven delivery with a bullet of a diving header from the edge of the six-yard box.


Baines gets out to block a Mulumbu cross and does so with his head. The Everton left-back is a little dazed but continues without treatment.

Mirallas curls a free-kick just over the angle of post and bar from a position near the left corner of the box. Mirallas had won the free-kick after being fouled by Lugano.

Anichebe sprints down the left, with Jagielka and Coleman close, but with no support, the best the West Brom striker can do is look for a corner. His plan is foiled, though, when Howard slides to stop the ball from going out after it had nicked off an Everton defender.

Baines is lucky to avoid a caution after bringing down Anelka, who had robbed the England defender after some sloppy control.

Reid hoists a high ball into the Everton box from the right which Anichebe nods back into the path of Morrison, but the Scotland midfielder cannot get his body over the ball and skies it high and wide.

Another West Brom attack is ended by the referee's whistle after Mulumbu controls the ball with his arm. The crowd murmur some discontent but The Hawthorns has been very quiet tonight.

Coleman drills a ball from the byline back towards Mirallas on the edge of the Albion box but the Belgian's attempt at a flying volley bounces harmlessly wide.

Gera is withdrawn, with Mulumbu on to replace the Albion midfielder.

Gera's fierce shot is blocked by Distin on the edge of the box after neat hold up play from Anichebe. Everton then break and win a corner after Mirallas' delivery is diverted behind the goal by an Albion defender. The set-piece, though, comes to nothing.

West Brom's Ridgewell is cautioned for blatantly tugging back Coleman.

Good chance for Anichebe, who gets across Jagielka to reach Anelka's low delivery but the former Everton striker fails to make a clean contact and Howard gathers at the second attempt.

Everton switch the play from left to right and back again, allowing Baines to deliver a cross but the outswinger is caught by Foster.

Baines and Gera wrestle at the back post as Brunt floats in a delivery from the left but the Everton defender is strong enough to stop Gera getting in a clean header.

Barry is booked for bringing down Anelka as the striker threatened to run at the Everton back four.

Morrison forces Howard into action but the Everton keeper comfortably falls to his left to clutch the Albion midfielder's tame shot from the edge of the box.

Albion have had most of the ball in the early second-half exchanges, but Everton are forcing them back whenever the hosts enter the opposition half.

Albion begin on the front foot and force a corner. Brunt's delivery, however, is headed clear by Lukaku, who took a break from adjusting his gloves to do his defensive duty.

Mel has made his first change as Albion coach, with former Everton striker Anichebe replacing Vydra.

Keith Stewart is looking beyond the second half to the summer and the World Cup. He likes what he has seen from the maker and scorer of Everton's goal: 'I reckon a flutter on Belgium for the World Cup could be money well invested looking at Lukaku, Mirallas et al.'

The Everton fans are clearly enjoying the struggles of their former manager in his new job. They finished the first half singing: 'Stuck with Moyes, stuck with Moyes, Man United - Playing football the negative way!'

Everton have probably shaded it in terms of possession and attempts. Did you see anything from Albion that makes you believe the hosts can get back in the game? Let me have your thoughts by emailing or reaching me on Twitter: @IanWatson1

Everton go in at the break with a 1-0 lead.

Morrison gets Lugano out of a hole with a superb sliding challenge on Lukaku after the Belgian had rolled his marker.

West Brom have a corner in the first of two added minutes. Morrison's delivery, though, drifts over everyone, with Distin wrestling with Lugano to make sure he can't reach it.

Morrison belatedly goes in the book for a late challenge, after which referee Oliver plays an advantage, but an Everton attack comes to nothing.

Distin's long pass is flicked on by Lukaku in to the path of Mirallas, who outpaced Lugano to go one-on-one with Foster, with the Belgian scoring with a neat low finish.


Yacob splits Coleman and Jagielka with a delightful pass for Vydra, but the Albion forward is short of support and has to check back on to his right foot. His low pass across the box is eventually cleared by the retreating Everton defence.

Albion enjoy their best spell of possession so far but Everton defend the space and force the hosts to go from the edge of the box all the way back to their goalkeeper.

Albion's Yacob is slightly late on Barry and goes in the book, probably for an accumulation of fouls rather than this particular offence.

Lukaku wins a free-kick inside the Albion half after being ankle-tapped by Lugano. Baines attempts to switch play but Albion clear with ease.

Anelka's fine pass finds Gera, who made a run off the right flank across the Everton defence, but his shot is straight at Howard and the Amercian goalkeeper parries away.

Barry sees his shot from the edge of the box blocked before Everton win back possession and eventually work the ball out to Coleman on the far post. His low effort is also blocked, which is fortunate for Albion as it appeared to be goal-bound.

Lukaku thinks he is in on Foster but the Everton striker is penalised for a not-so-subtle nudge on Olsson.

More neat Everton passing on the right involving Oviedo and Coleman is brought to an abrupt end when Barry's attempt to put through the Costa Rican is over-hit and drifts out of play.

After a spell of five shots in seven minutes, the game has become scrappy, with Ridgewell warned by referee Michael Oliver after the left-back was late into a tackle on Oviedo.

Yacob gives away a free-kick after pulling back Oviedo in the centre of the pitch. Lukaku wins the first header but Albion triumph in the following spell of head tennis and work the ball clear.

A patient passing move sees Everton work the ball from back to front, resulting in a shot from Mirallas which forces Foster to drop to his knees to clutch. Lovely football from the visitors.

Another chance for Everton, with McCarthy hitting the target but his half-volley is sidefooted straight at Foster. An open game so far.

Anelka drives wide of the far post after a surging run down the left. The striker cut inside off the touchline before smashing an effort from the corner of the box which flew wide of the target.

Oviedo fires just wide again - this time beyond the other post after Lukaku's cross found him in space just inside the box. Everton could be ahead.

Oviedo volleys narrowly wide for Everton after Baines' free-kick from the left was headed away by Ridgewell. The Albion defender's clearance, though, only reached Oviedo on the edge of the box, but his strike goes just wide of Foster's right-hand post.

Anelka sends Vydra flying down the left channel and the Czech striker attempts a pass with the outside of his right foot to Morrison at the far post, but Howard dives to divert the ball from the path of the Albion midfielder. Good goalkeeping.

It is noticeable that Albion are pressing higher up the pitch, with the Everton back four not being allowed to settle. But the hosts are closing down individually at the moment, rather than in twos and threes. Everton are playing around the press quite comfortably.

Good chance for Lukaku, who latches on to Distin's long floated pass beyond the West Brom centre-backs but, with Foster looking stranded, the Everton forward fails to hit the target with a lob that drifts harmlessly wide.

Anelka takes on Coleman and creates space on the left for a low cross, but the Frenchman cuts the ball back behind his team-mates and Everton clear.

Vydra gets his first touch on the left and looks for strike partner Anelka with a cross, but the delivery is floated straight into the hands of Howard.

Albion get us underway and launch an attack in the opening 45 seconds, but Brunt plays the ball straight out of play for an Everton goalkick.

Lukaku, by the way, has disposed of the dreadlocks in favour of a more streamlined, cropped hairstyle. New Albion coach Mel, who has even less hair, has been introduced to the crowd. He looks nervous or focused. Probably both.

The two teams are about to emerge from the tunnel, with Everton sporting a natty yellow and blue number. Plenty of high fives and complicated handshakes from Lukaku as he greets his former team-mates.

Fergus Ryan is hoping to watch an away win: 'I see a tight game tonight; one, maybe two goals. Lulaku first goal - go the Toffees!' Kerr in Edinburgh forecasts an equally tight match but a different outcome: 'I'm going for 1-0 West Brom tonight. Berahino with the goal.'

Everton defenders have contributed 10 goals this season, as many as West Brom's strikers have (10) and more than the strikers at 11 other clubs.

West Brom have not won back-to-back home Premier League games since March 2013, while Everton have lost none of their last six Premier League away games (W3 D3).

Nicolas Anelka has scored eight Premier League goals against Everton, only netting more against Blackburn (12) in the history of the competition.

Monday Night Football pundit Gary Neville has just given a spirited defence of 4-4-2, and here are some more numbers for you ahead of tonight's clash...

Plenty of predictions so far. If you fancy a flutter, here is the latest from our friends at Sky Bet: 'Everton are evens favourites for the win at the Hawthorns and we offer 14/5 for Pepe Mel to get off to a winning start with the draw at 5/2. Controversial striker Nicolas Anelka is 9/1 to score the opening goal and 20/1 to bag a brace.'

The view from Twitter - Soloman says: 'Whilst the Baggies are playing in the comfort of their home ground, with Evertons recent impregnable form I can't not see a win.' Katy reluctantly predicts an away win: 'Everton have the stronger side, should be an easy win. Not happy as a red, they'll take top 4 away from us. Lukaku hatrick maybe?' The big question in that case: will we see three muted celebrations from the former Baggie?

A neutral view from Philip Humpris: 'Hi Ian. As a Stoke fan I am watching this game with great interest as the battle at the bottom of the table is so intense. Would like to see Everton win this but i think the Baggies might just scrape a 1-0 win for the new manager.' Chris Green doesn't hold the same hope for the hosts: 'Tonight's match could be a test for the Evertonians with the influx of new blood in the form of Pepe Mel. However, Everton are currently on top form, so the Baggies will need to perform to their maximum in order to achieve their first win under their new boss. Prediction: West Brom 1 Everton 3.'

Paul Bridges is extremely confident: 'Everton will crush West Brom 4-0 - no problem.' Ross from Hertford believes the Toffees will prove their top four credentials: 'A serious Champions League contenders result tonight - a 3-0 win to the toffees with a double from Pienaar.' The South African is on the bench this evening, perhaps he'll benefit from fatigue late in the game.

Some early predictions, and it seems Everton are highly fancied this evening: 'This is Stewart MacLaren from a cold and windy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat West Brom 3-1 Tonight at The Hawthorns with good goals from Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry & Romelu Lukaku.'

The Everton manager is also likely to be handed a contract boost this week, with the news that Leighton Baines is set to sign a new deal this week. The full-back might be beaten in putting pen to paper at Goodison Park by Lacina Traore, who looks likely to complete a loan move from Monaco

If you are kicking your heels ahead of kick-off, how about some pre-match reading? Mel has promised fans that they will see a more aggressive and creative West Brom, while Martinez believes his fellow Spaniard will be a success at the Hawthorns.

The two benches: West Brom: Myhill, Mulumbu, Berahino, Jones, Anichebe, Sessegnon, Amalfitano. Everton: Robles, McGeady, Hibbert, Heitinga, Stones, Vellios, Naismith.

Everton make two changes to the side that beat Norwich: Sylvain Distin and Bryan Oviedo come in for John Stones and Steven Pienaar.

The headline team news surrounds the inclusion of Nicolas Anelka, in the wake of the announcement that Albion will be looking for a new shirt sponsor following the Frenchman's controversial goal celebration at West Ham. New coach Mel also includes Diego Lugano, Claudio Yacob, Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra.

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

West Brom: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt, Morrison, Yacob, Gera, Vydra, Anelka.

The teams are in...

How do you see it going? Will Mel's arrival inspire the Baggies and see them win to climb into the top half of the table? Or will Martinez's men be too strong? I want to hear from you this evening with your pre-match predictions and in-game opinions. You can email me or find me on Twitter: @IanWatson1.

This week's Monday Night Football offering sees Pepe Mel take charge of West Brom for the first time since he was appointed as the club's new head coach. Mel pits his wits against compatriot Roberto Martinez, whose side will be looking to overtake Tottenham and replace Liverpool in the top four with victory at The Hawthorns tonight.

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