Midfield star James Morrison today challenged Albion to catch Everton cold on Saturday when they attempt to spoil Roberto Martinez’ Goodison Park bow.
The Baggies head for Merseyside to face the Toffees in new boss Martinez’ first competitive home game in charge.
And Morrison is hoping Steve Clarke’s men can exploit an Everton side in transition following the loss of former boss David Moyes to Manchester United.
“All the years I’ve been playing, David Moyes has been the Everton manager, so it will be different to go there this time,” said Morrison.
“Under Moyes they made a lot of progress, they’ve been a solid top seven or eight club pretty much right through his time there. He did a fantastic job at the club.
“They have a good balance of experienced players and youngsters, they’ve got real quality there.
“But it’s a new era for them. They have a new manager who will probably bring a new style.
“It might take a bit of time for that to settle in, although they had a good result at Norwich at the weekend when Ross Barkley stood out for them.
“It’s always hard to go to Goodison Park. We haven’t had a great record there in the last few years apart from the 4-1 win.
“It’s a hostile crowd, they’re always on top of you, and if you don’t start right, you find yourself in for a tough afternoon.”
Albion opened their season with a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton on Saturday while Everton drew 2-2 at Norwich in Martinez’ first Premier League game in charge.
“We need to get last Saturday out of the system, because it wasn’t great,” said Morrison.