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Premier League

  • 4 December 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: L. Mason
  • • Attendance: 33219

Everton - Stoke City Preview: Potters looking to get first ever Premier League win on Merseyside

Everton - Stoke City Preview: Potters looking to get first ever Premier League win on Merseyside

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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.

  • 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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Players to watch

A. Vellios

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Greek forward is unlikely to start at Goodison but coming from the bench is how he has made his name this season. He is the Blues' leading scorer with three goals so far and his impact on defenders with tiring legs has seen his stock rise and rise. His late cameos have been one of the principal reasons that Everton have scored over 50 per cent of their goals this season in the last fifteen minutes of games.

J. Walters

Position: Attacker

Games: 7

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The player whose batteries just never run out, Walters will run and run, causing problems for defenders or midfielders looking for a moment's peace. His goal threat comes from his ability both on the deck and in the air and interestingly all four of his goals this season (making him Stoke's top scorer) have been goals that have broken the deadlock in a game. Links superbly with Peter Crouch and the diminutive Whelan.

Editor's Prediction

Stoke will be desperate to buck their horrendous trend of results on the back of European games but it seems likely that a fresher home side will have enough to see them off by a single goal.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Everton FC EVE
Everton FC Everton
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City

Top 3 Predictions

Everton FC EVE
2 - 0
Stoke City FC STO
Everton FC EVE
2 - 1
Stoke City FC STO
Everton FC EVE
1 - 0
Stoke City FC STO