While David Moyes' Everton will be searching for a third consecutive win, Tony Pulis wants his team to transfer their impressive European form to the domestic stage
Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines
Coleman, Fellaini, Osman, Drenthe
Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham
Pennant, Delap, Whelan, Etherington
Everton are still without long-term absentee Victor Anichebe, while there are doubts over the fitness of several key players. Sylvain Distin has trained all week ahead of a comeback and is likely to be in the squad, whereas Royston Drenthe and Phil Neville are both rated as 50/50 and will have fitness tests on matchday. Jack Rodwell could make it back too, though this seems unlikely.
Stoke will bring back plenty of first choice players following their decisive midweek draw against Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev. First choice front pair Jon Walters and Peter Crouch will be reunited whilst skipper Ryan Shawcross will slot in to the back four once again. Thomas Sorensen started out the season as the Potters' cup goalkeeper but excellent form has seen him replace Asmir Begovic as the number one, meaning he returns between the sticks today.
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- In six Premier League visits to Merseyside to play Everton and Liverpool, the Potters have never returned home victorious.
- The Potters' win against Blackburn last time out ended a run of four straight defeats.
- After each Europa League group game that Stoke have played this season, they have succumbed to defeat in the following Premier League fixture.
- In seven Premier League fixtures on a Sunday this season, Stoke have managed just three goals.
- Everton haven't drawn in their last eight Premier League games; losing five and winning three.
- If the Toffees could win on Sunday, it would be their third consecutive victory.
- The last time these two sides met was on New Year's day, with goals from Kenwyne Jones and a Phil Jagielka (pictured above) own goal gifting victory to the Potters.
- Hitorically, Everton have the better record between these two sides. In 82 games, the Blues have won 34 to Stoke's 24, with 24 draws.
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