Carlo Ancelotti’s newly purchased midfield made a strong impression when Everton beat Tottenham 1-0 in the opening match of the new season.
Despite the controversy over James Rodriguez’s strength and speed, the Colombian midfielder is an emerging artist on the English turf, where there have been more conductor-oriented players recently.
Winning West Brom, Everton will win their opening two matches for the first time since 2012-2013. That goal seems to be within the reach of Ancelotti teachers and students, especially when they are kicked at Goodison Park’s home field. On September 16, Everton showed strength by convincing the Salford Second Division team 3-0 in the fourth round of the League Cup.
With West Brom and Slaven Bilic, things go in reverse. The rookie of the tournament lost to Leicester 0-3 in the first round. But being a guest of Everton reminded West Brom good memories. Four years ago, under the leadership of Tony Pulis, they won 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to the only on-target finish of the game. It was an unbelievable victory as West Brom controlled the ball 24%, received 33 shots and 14 corners.
Leeds – Fulham
Premier League atmosphere returned to Elland Road for the first time in 16 years, despite a lack of spice due to the absence of spectators. Leeds received the team with them promoted after the end of last season – Fulham. In June, Marcelo Bielsa teachers and students defeated Fulham 3-0 to take the first place. That defeat was even more bitter for Fulham when Aleksandar Mitrovic was banned for three games due to an elbow hit with Ben White.
Leeds created a commendable chase performance when facing champions Liverpool in the opening game. However, Bielsa’s teachers and students still failed 3-4. Meeting opponents at a lower level this weekend is an opportunity for Leeds to demonstrate their competitiveness for the positions in the group below the scoreboard.
Fulham finished 0-3 against Arsenal in the first round. But their attackers will be fueled when they welcome the return of Mitrovic. The Serbian striker suffered an injury late last season and had to be substituted against Arsenal, but returned and scored the decisive goal when Fulham won 1-0 at Ipswich Town in the League Cup on September 16.