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Premier League

  • 1 May 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: A. Taylor
  • • Attendance: 26500

Stoke - Everton Preview: Toffees hoping to extend their lead over rivals Liverpool

David Moyes' men will be hoping to ensure they finish above their Merseyside counterparts for the first time since 2005 but face an in-form Potters side at the Britannia



Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson
Pennant, Whitehead, Palacios, Etherington
Walters, Crouch


Hibbert, Jagielka, Heitinga, Distin
 Osman, Fellaini, Neville, Gibson,

Peter Crouch will hope to retain his place up front for Stoke, after scoring his tenth Premier League goal of the season in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal at the weekend.

Tony Pulis has no fresh injury worries ahead of Tuesday's game at the Britannia Stadium, with only long-term absentees Mamady Sidibie, Andy Wilkinson and Salif Diao unavailable.

Everton boss David Moyes faces a similiar scenario, having no new injury concerns for Tuesday night, but is still without Leighton Baines and Jack Rodwell.

Thus he will be keen to stick with the same squad which recorded a comprehensive 4-0 win against Fulham at the weekend, and valiantly battled back to secure a 4-4 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

  • Stoke have lost  just one Premier League game this season when Peter Crouch has scored.
  • And Tony Pulis will be happy with his striker's impact, considering Crouch is still The Potters' most expensive player at £10million
  • Everton have won 53 times in this fixture, compared to Stoke's 29 victories.
  • And Pulis has only tasted victory against David Moyes twice since taking charge of the Potters back in 2006.
  • Nikita Jelavic (pictured right) has been a revalation for Everton since signing in January,  scoring more Premier League goals (8) than he has made starts (7)
  • Stoke have the oldest squad in the league, with an average age of 28 whilst Everton have an average of 26.
  • Despite recent form, Everton will not be taking victory for granted, having not won a single league game against a team who play in red all season.


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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
30Ryan ShottonDefender
8Jonathan WoodgateDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
10Ricardo FullerStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
2Tony HibbertDefender
5John HeitingaDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
17Tim CahillMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
28Victor AnichebeStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
23Seamus ColemanDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
11Denis StracqualursiStriker
16James McFaddenStriker
19Magaye GueyeStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
The 31-year-old will be keen to continue the fine form which has seen him score five goals since the end of February. With Euro 2012 fast approaching, and the hunt for a new England manager gaining momentum, Crouch will be doing all he can to put himself in contention for a place on the plane.
Steven Pienaar
Steven Pienaar
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
2 0 0 0
Whilst Jelavic has been grabbing all the headlines for Everton of late, his success would probably not have been so instant without fellow January signing Pienaar. The on-loan South African has given the Toffees' attacking play a timely boost and he should be at the heart of it again here.
The intimidating roar of the Britannia Stadium has broken many a visiting team over the years but Everton's recent draw at Old Trafford shows they are not a team to shy away from such a challenge.

And with the Merseyside club having hit a vein of good form, and star striker Jelavic in the mood for goals, this will be a difficult task for Tony Pulis's side.
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