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  • 15 December 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 27008
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Stoke - Everton Preview: Potters unbeaten in last 14 home games

David Moyes' side will aim to build on last week's win over Tottenham when they travel to face Tony Pulis' team who have proved difficult to beat at the Britannia Stadium

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY
Stoke City
Begovic
Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron
Walters, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Adam, Kightly
Crouch


EVERTON

  Everton
Howard
Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines
Naismith, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar
Fellaini
Jelavic


Stoke's injury problems have lessened ahead of the visit of Everton, Michael Owen (hamstring) has returned to fitness but Tony Pulis has admitted the former England man will not be risked.

Rory Delap (hernia) and Marc Wilson (leg) remain on the sidelines with long-term injuries and will not play until next year.

Defender Ryan Shotton is suspended after being dismissed in last week's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.

David Moyes will be able to choose from a near full-strength squad, although Phil Neville (knee) will definitely miss this game.

Kevin Mirallas has suffered a recurrence of a hamstring strain which will keep him out for a few more weeks while Victor Anichebe faces a race against time to be involved at the Britannia Stadium.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stoke are undefeated in their last 14 home Premier League matches.
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in seven of the Potters' last eight Premier League matches.
  • Everton have not won at Stoke since 2008, when a Tim Cahill goal handed them a 3-2 triumph.
  • Peter Crouch (pictured right) could also reach a milestone at the weekend, the striker will grab his 20th goal for Stoke if he finds the net.
  • There could be as many as five former Rangers players on show on Saturday if Steven Naismith, Nikica Jelavic, Jamie Ness, Maurice Edu and Charlie Adam are all involved.
  • Everton have not won an away match in the Premier League since their 3-0 win over Swansea back in September.

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Available Squads
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
25Peter CrouchStriker
33Cameron JeromeStriker
24Tim HowardGoalkeeper
3Leighton BainesDefender
6Phil JagielkaDefender
15Sylvain DistinDefender
23Seamus ColemanDefender
4Darron GibsonMidfielder
21Leon OsmanMidfielder
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
25Marouane FellainiMidfielder
18Nikica JelavicStriker
14Steven NaismithStriker
1Jan MuchaGoalkeeper
5John HeitingaDefender
34Shane DuffyDefender
8Bryan OviedoMidfielder
10Thomas HitzlspergerMidfielder
19Magaye GueyeStriker
20Ross BarkleyMidfielder
27Apostolos VelliosStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Stoke striker Peter Crouch is undoubtedly set to be the biggest danger on the minds of the Everton defenders, but if the former England international is to provide a goal threat, then the delivery from wide areas will need to be of the highest quality. Kightly will likely be looked upon to provide the service for Crouch, and if he is able to find sufficient space on the left flank, then it could be a very productive day.
Steven Naismith
Steven Naismith
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Kevin Mirallas expected to miss out through injury, Naismith is likely to slot into a midfield that has produced plenty of goals already this term. Mirallas, Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman have all found the net, while Naismith has already scored three times. Expect the dynamic Scot, who scored 28 goals in his time with Rangers, to be at the focal point of a potent Toffees side that will look to tighten their grip on fourth place with a win.
Prediction
Stoke have an enviable home record at the Britannia Stadium, however they are not the most prolific team in the division, and if they are not able to shut down an excellent Everton, then they may find their unbeaten streak in front of their own fans come to an abrupt end.
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