Stoke v Everton
Sylvain Distin looks set to deputise for Leighton Baines (hamstring) at left back for the third successive game. David Moyes will also assess his selection options ahead of kick off with the Blues set to play their second game in 72 hours.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis will also monitor his squad closely following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal but the Potters are expected to have a clean bill of health. He could give stopper Thomas Sorensen a run-out at the expense of Asmir Begovic after promising the Dane at least one game between now and the end of the season.
Everton: WDLWDW. Fulham (h), won 4-0; Manchester United (a), drew 4-4; Liverpool (n), FA Cup, lost 2-1; Sunderland (h), won 4-0; Norwich City (a), drew 2-2; West Bromwich Albion (h), won 2-0.
Stoke City: DLDWLD Arsenal (h), drew 1-1; Newcastle United (a), lost 3-0; Aston Villa (a), drew 1-1; Wolverhampton Wanderers (h), won 2-1; Wigan Athletic (a), lost 2-0; Manchester City (h), drew 1-1.
1. Nikica Jelavic became the quickest player in 100 years to score 10 Everton goals by netting a brace against Fulham on Saturday.
2. Jelavic also joined a list of just seven Everton players to have scored two or more goals in three consecutive games (Geary, Southworth, Clennell, Dean, Lawton and Campbell are the others). Dixie Dean is the only player to have achieved the feat in four consecutive appearances.
3. Leon Osman made his 300th Everton appearance against the Cottagers.
4. In defeating Fulham, the Blues racked up four home goals in three successive league games for the first time since March 1964.
5. In the modern era our leading scorer against Stoke is Joe Royle with seven goals.
6. Everton’s last hat-trick against Stoke City was scored by Dave Hickson in 1953.
7. 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.
8. Both Joe Royle and Bob Latchford’s 100th league goals for Everton came against Stoke at Goodison, in 1974 and 1980, respectively.
9. The record attendance at the Britannia Stadium is 28,218 four our 1-0 win in the FA Cup in January 2002.
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill: "I think it's hard to look forward to Stoke because 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. 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."
Stoke boss Tony Pulis: "In many respects, the challenge they present will make this a tougher game for us than the Arsenal game (last Saturday) because they have more of a physical presence about them. We know then that we will have to perform as well, if not better, as we did against Arsenal and we'll need the crowd right behind us as well."
December 4, 2011. Everton 0-1 Stoke City. The Blues had a day to forget as Robert Huth's 15th-minute strike settled a miserable game at Goodison Park. The German's goal - stabbed home from close range and predictably created by a set play - proved the difference as Everton looked desperately short of ideas against the Potters.
September 14, 2008. Stoke 2 Everton 3: 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 in the stands. And it was from there the Blues boss 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.
Alan Ball never played for the Potters but did have a spell as their manager between 1989 and 1991.
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