Ronald Koeman will be keeping his fingers crossed that Romelu Lukaku becomes available in time for the visit to the Hawthorns.
Everton made the perfect start against Spurs last week when Ross Barkley fortuitously put them ahead although the Toffees were left clinging on for a point at the death.
It could have been so different had Gerard Deulofeu not passed up a golden chance to put his side two up before the break.
Lukaku is unlikely to be so forgiving in front of goal and the fitness of the Belgian – as well as his willingness to remain on Merseyside – will have a huge bearing on Everton’s season.
Koeman will have new signings Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie at his disposal for the Baggies clash.
Williams’ presence will be a significant boost given the physical threat carried by West Brom’s match-winner from the opening weekend, Salomon Rondon.
Rondon, 9/4 to score anytime, has had a year to find his feet in the Premier League and Tony Pulis will be hoping his Selhurst Park winner can be the catalyst for the 26-year-old to kick on this season.
Everton finished last season with a run of three straight away defeats but the arrival of Koeman should help to stall that poor form.
The Hawthorns has been a happy ground for the Toffees, winners on their previous two visits, and they are 31/20 to collect another three points.
Pulis is still very much in the market for reinforcements despite Albion’s winning start to the season.
As they did against Spurs last week, Everton are likely to enjoy a period of dominance in this clash but whether Koeman has had enough time to stamp his vision on the team is hard to say.
The visitors are 4/5 to win either half in this clash and, while short of predicting an away win, Everton may well oblige in this market.
The concession of goals was the death knell for Roberto Martinez as Everton boss last season as his side shipped three or more goals nine times in the league.
Koeman’s tenure at Southampton, meanwhile, was characterised by a mean defence. The Dutchman will no doubt seek to build a similar foundation at his new club.
It is likely that Everton will not require as much firepower to pick up points this term and if they can register over 1.5 goals against West Brom, priced at 7/4, they should find themselves returning to Merseyside with a precious three-point haul.