home team
Choupo-Moting (77')
Tosun (69', 84')
away team
Choupo-Moting (77')
Tosun (69', 84')
Saturday 17 March 2018, 15:00 Britannia Stadium


Gylfi Sigurdsson misses out for Everton after suffering a knee injury in last week’s 2-0 victory over Brighton.

James McCarthy (broken leg) and Eliaquim Mangala (knee) are long-term absentees for the Blues, while Ashley Williams serves the second game of a three-match suspension.

Sam Allardyce otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Idrissa Gana Gueye expected to return after missing out against the Seagulls through illness. Theo Walcott is available after going off with cramp against Brighton.

For Stoke, Mame Diouf could return for the Potters. The Senegalese forward has been out of action since suffering a shoulder injury in the clash at Southampton earlier this month.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland is still out for Paul Lambert’s men after suffering a broken leg in training last May.


Stoke City

League position: 19th

Past five matches
Manchester City (h) Lost 2-0
Southampton (a) Drew 0-0
Leicester City (a) Drew 1-1
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) Drew 1-1
AFC Bournemouth (a) Lost 2-1

League position: 9th

Past five matches
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) Won 2-0
Burnley (a) Lost 2-1
Watford (a) Lost 1-0
Crystal Palace (h) Won 3-1
Arsenal (a) Lost 5-1


Stoke City

Top goalscorers
1. Xherdan Shaqiri 7 (=22nd in PL)
2. Mame Biram Diouf 5
3. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 4

Most assists
1. Xherdan Shaqiri 6 (=16th in PL)
2. Joe Allen/Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 5
4. Peter Crouch 2

Most shots
1. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting 59 (17th in PL)
2. Xherdan Shaqiri 57
3. Mame Biram Diouf 45

Most tackles
1. Joe Allen 79 (6th in PL)
2. Erik Pieters 50
3. Darren Fletcher 47


Top goalscorers

1. Wayne Rooney: 10 (=11th in PL)
2. Oumar Niasse: 7
3. Dominic Calvert-Lewin/Gylfi Sigurdsson: 4

Most assists
1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin: 4 (=40th in PL)
2. Gylfi Sigurdsson: 3
3. Leighton Baines/Cuco Martina/Oumar Niasse/Wayne Rooney: 2

Most shots
1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin/Gylfi Sigurdsson:  39 (50TH in PL)
3. Wayne Rooney: 37
4. Oumar Niasse: 27

Most tackles
1. Idrissa Gana Gueye: 97 (=2nd in PL)
2. Cuco Martina: 61
3. Jonjoe Kenny/Morgan Schneiderlin: 41

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Martin Atkinson

Premier League games refereed this season: 22
Yellow cards issued: 75
Red cards issued: 4
Average yellows issued per game: 3.4

ONE TO WATCH: Xherdan Shaqiri

The 26-year-old Swiss winger has been a shining light for Stoke in what’s been a challenging season for the club.

The former Bayern Munich and Inter Milan man, who signed for Stoke from the Italian giants in 2015, is both the Potters’ top goalscorer (seven) and top assist-maker (five).

Stoke boss Paul Lambert recently described the winger as “incredible” and keeping him quiet could hold the key to Everton emerging with three points from the Bet365 Stadium this weekend.


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