Welcome to our Everton v Stoke City preview. Everton’s dramatic draw at home to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby gave some indication of the attacking potential of Roberto Martinez’s side, but the Spanish manager may have been ultimately disappointed with the result, given that his team led late on. Everton will be glad to have another home game immediately afterwards against a resolute Stoke City side, as they attempt to remain in and around the European places.

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Previous Meetings

2012/2013 Sat 30 Mar Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City
Sat 15 Dec Stoke City 1 – 1 Everton
2011/2012 Tue 01 May Stoke City 1 – 1 Everton
Sun 04 Dec Everton 0 – 1 Stoke City
2010/2011 Sat 01 Jan Stoke City 2 – 0 Everton
Sat 30 Oct Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City

Goals Scored

Everton have scored 17 goals so far this season, while Stoke City have scored 12.

Goals Conceded

Everton have conceded 13 goals so far this season, while Stoke City have conceded 14.

Team and Selection News

Everton aren’t likely to make too many changes to the team that performed so creditably against Liverpool. Last season’s line leader Nikica Jelavic seems unlikely to dislodge the in-form Romelu Lukaku any time soon. Stoke also won last time out, and are also unlikely to make many changes, but Mark Hughes may opt for a more cautious line-up in this tricky looking away fixture.

Conclusion

Everton are certainly the stronger of these two teams on paper, but Stoke’s muscular style may potentially cause difficulties for Everton’s passing game. Everton have also been a little short of wins of late, and are on a run of draws in the Premier League over recent fixtures. Nevertheless, I expect the home side to have too much class in midfield and up front for the visitors, and I expect Romelu Lukaku to have too much class for the Potters to deal with.