The Potters against The Toffees

Last updated: February 3, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLDW
Away form: WLLDD
Last season: 2-0
Competition: The Premier League

These two teams put on a great show in December, when Stoke won 4-3 at Goodison Park. Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring for Stoke in the 16th minute. Then, Lukaku equalized 6 minutes later. Shaqiri gave Stoke the lead again just before the end of the first half. In the second half of the match, Everton turned things around with Lukaku’s and Deulofeu’s goals, but eventually The Potters won with two late goals. The question is: can these two teams repeat this great performance?

Bad news for Stoke’s manager Mark Hughes. His top goal-scorer Marko Arnautovic has a hamstring problem and will miss the match against The Toffees. The Austrian forward has scored 7 goals in 21 matches for Stoke this season.

Everton succeeded in the fourth round of The FA Cup, winning 3-0 against Carlisle United. That was their first victory in their last 5 competitive games. Arouna Kone, Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley scored for The Toffees. On the other hand, Stoke City were eliminated from the tournament after a defeat by Crystal Palace (1-0). This means The Eagles will only be focused on their performance in The Premier League.

Team News

Tony Hibbert is still injured for Everton. The defender is suffering from a knee injury and hasn’t taken part in a match this season.

The forward Marko Arnautovic, Geoff Cameron, Shay Given, Marc Wilson and the defender Ryan Shawcross are also injured for Stoke City.

The Potters’ midfielder Charlie Adam is suffering from a calf muscle strain. He is expected to return to the pitch within a month.

Tyias Browning is injured for The Toffees. The 21-year-old Englishman is suffering from a knee injury. He has made 5 appearances in The Premier League this season.

Quotes of the week

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “It is a good time to be at Stoke. Everybody feels we are going in the right direction and building something. So I’m very happy.”

Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez (Everton) : “My philosophy and my way of working is not to keep clean sheets, my philosophy is to win games.”

Expected line-ups:

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Walters, Whelan, Bojan, Afellay, Shaqiri, Joselu.
Subs Haugaard, Ireland, Diouf, Dionatan, van Ginkel, Adam, Crouch.
Injured: Given, Cameron, Arnautovic, Wilson, Shawcross.
Not available:
Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Ramiro Mori, Barry, Pienaar, Deulofeu, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.
Subs Robles, Oviedo, Kone, Stones, McGeady, Mirallas, McCarthy.
Injured: Hibbert, Browning.
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Stoke City this season Everton this season
9 League Position 12
5 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (3)
3-1 vs. Norwich Biggest win 6-2 vs. Sunderland
2 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (7)
4 (4) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (1)
0-3 to Leicester Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man United
Arnautovic (7) Top scorer Lukaku (15)
Arnautovic (4) Assist Leader Deulofeu (8)
Y30, R4 Discipline Y31, R2
9 Failures to score 5
9 Clean Sheets 6
8 Both Teams to Score Games 15
8 Over 2.5 Games 13
15 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • Everton have won just 9 of 45 matches at The Britannia Stadium against Stoke City. The Toffees have scored only 48 goals.
  • The Toffees haven’t recorded a victory away from Goodison Park against Stoke since 2008, when Everton won 3-2. Yakubu, Anichebe and Cahill secured the three points.
  • Stoke City won 2-0 in the last match between these two teams at The Britannia Stadium. Victor Moses and Mame Diouf scored for The Potters.
  • Mark Hughes’ players have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 competitive matches. They lost to Leicester 3-0 in their last away visit of The Premier League.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/12/15 The Premier League Everton 3-4 Stoke X. Shaqiri 16′
04/03/15 The Premier League Stoke 2-0 Everton V. Moses 32′
26/12/14 The Premier League Everton 0-1 Stoke Bojan (PG) 38′
01/01/14 The Premier League Stoke 1-1 Everton O. Assaidi 50′
30/11/13 The Premier League Everton 4-0 Stoke Deulofeu 45′