Everton v Stoke
The Blues will hope to have at least some of the quartet of players who missed the trip to Bolton back in their squad.
Skipper Phil Neville (hamstring), midfielders Jack Rodwell (rib) and Royston Drenthe (foot) and defender Sylvain Distin (groin) were all absent as the Blues recorded a 2-0 win at the Reebok. Victor Anichebe (groin) remains sidelined.
Despite having many players with niggles and knocks, the only player pretty much certain to miss out for the Potters is Mamady Sidibe.
The Blues will be looking to make it three straight wins, while Stoke will hope to buck a worrying trend that has seen them lose each and every time they have returned from Europa League duty. In fact, the Potters have had very little joy on their travels, winning only once, on a trip to West Brom.
Everton, last six, Premier League only (WWLLWL): Bolton, away, 2-0 win; Wolverhampton, home, 2-1 win; Newcastle, away, lost 2-1; Manchester United, home, lost 1-0; Fulham, away, won 3-1; Chelsea, away, lost 3-1.
Stoke City, last six, Premier League only (WLLLLW): Blackburn, won 3-1; Queens Park Rangers, home, lost 3-2; Bolton, away, lost 5-0; Newcastle, home, lost 3-1; Arsenal, away, lost 3-1; Fulham, home, won 2-0.
- Today is the 120th meeting between the sides, Everton have won 58 matches with Stoke victorious on 31 occasions.
- The Toffees’ biggest victory over Stoke is 8-0 in 1889; in the post-War era the best win is 6-2 at Goodison in 1969.
- In the Premier League last season Everton won 1-0 at Goodison, thanks to Yakubu’s last goal for the Blues. Everton went down 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium on New Year’s Day.
- Congratulations to Tim Cahill, who made his 500th appearance in English football last week at Bolton – with 250 matches apiece for Millwall and Everton.
- David Moyes has won five of the 12 meetings between the two managers, with Tony Pulis victorious twice.
- In the modern era our leading scorer against Stoke is Joe Royle with seven goals.
- Everton’s last hat-trick against Stoke City was scored by Dave Hickson in 1953.
- Only once have players with the same surname scored for both sides in an Everton game – a 1-1 draw between the teams in 1984 saw Phil and Adrian Heath, who were not related, find the net.
- Both Joe Royle and Bob Latchford’s 100th league goals for Everton came against Stoke at Goodison, in 1974 and 1980 respectively.
- The record attendance at the Britannia Stadium is 28,218 four our 1-0 win in the FA Cup in January 2002.
Everton defender Phil Jagielka: “It's going to be hard, but they will obviously have had a European game in midweek and they won't be looking forward to coming to our place. We know it's going to be a really tough game, we've got a similar amount of points between both of us and we're in a similar predicament so hopefully we can keep this little run going.”
Marouane Fellaini added: “Stoke have the same sort of style as Bolton but we are playing at home, have confidence and we will hope to win again.”
Stoke 2 Everton 0 (Jan 1, 2011): Kenwynne Jones' glancing header from a Matthew Etherington cross put Stoke 1-0 up midway through the first half. Everton controlled possession for the remainder of the opening period but failed to create any clear openings. One of the few clear cut chances fell to a usually reliable Tim Cahill but his back post header fell narrowly wide. Defeat was sealed for the Toffees when a freak deflection off of Phil Jagielka dipped over Everton keeper Tim Howard and went in off the under side of the bar.
Stoke 2 Everton 3 (Sept 14, 2008): An enthralling game at the Britannia Stadium ended in a fantastic Everton win. Yakubu had put the visitors ahead in the first half following some intricate play. The Blues then extended their lead when a glancing header from Victor Anichebe flew in at the beginning of the second half. But a trademark long throw from Rory Delap five minutes later saw Stoke pull a goal back. Seyi Olofinjana blasted the ball home as chaos reigned in the Everton box. Soon another Delap slingshot would have the desired effect and it was all square as Phil Jagielka put through his own net.
Alan Wiley’s failure to award a penalty enraged David Moyes and he was sent to join the Stoke fans. And it was from the stand he watched Tim Cahill head a dramatic winner.
Several players have worn the jersey of both clubs, including, and in no particular order: Howard Kendall, Roy Vernon, Adrian Heath, Neville Southall, Paul Bracewell, Peter Beagrie, Mickey Thomas and James Beattie. Stoke have not won at Goodison Park since April 1981. On the whole it has been a fixture the Blues have enjoyed the better of. Everton have 58 wins over the men from the Potteries with 31 losses and 30 draws.
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