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The Toffees travel to Staffordshire after a confident 4-0 win over Fulham at the weekend, but the Australian and team-mate Leon Osman are expecting a physical game

Everton duo Tim Cahill and Leon Osman are both expecting a demanding fixture when they travel to Stoke City on Tuesday evening.

The Toffees face the Staffordshire outfit following a comprehensive 4-0 drubbing of Fulham at the weekend, with January signing Nikica Jelavic grabbing two goals to bring his tally to 10 in 13 games for the Merseyside team.

Stoke are known for having a strong physical presence on the pitch, especially at the Britannia Stadium and Cahill admits a trip to the Potteries is far from the perfect place to play for any team and is expecting a strenuous match.

"I think it's hard to look forward to Stoke," the Australia international told the club’s website.

"Physically they're very demanding and tactically, with their long throws and their set-plays, it can be quite a grind.

"Tony Pulis has done a great job with that team and obviously the players that they've got work really well together.
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"If we go to a place like that even at 90 per cent it's not going to be enough.

"We really need to make sure that we stop them physically and then hopefully we play enough football to win the game."

Team-mate Leon Osman also doubts if Everton will be able to play the way they want to on a narrow pitch at the Britannia.

He added: "It will be a test whether we can play the football we have played because we know we will have to compete physically with them.

"It is going to be a completely different test with a tight pitch and the type of football they play."

With three games remaining, Everton have a solid chance of finishing above their Merseyside neighbours Liverpool for the first time since 2005 and Cahill admits that after crashing out of the FA Cup to their local rivals, their league performances mean everything.

"I think after the heartache of the FA Cup it was just right that we focused on the league," the 32-year-old added.

"To finish above Liverpool we have to be really determined and try to get the right results.

"We have to be on song because it's such a massive thing to finish above Liverpool and I think for the fans it would be a just reward for what we've been through this season."

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