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Saturday 30 August K.O. 17:30

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Stoke City v Everton

 Team News

Phil Jagielka will again miss out for the Blues after Roberto Martinez confirmed a hamstring injury caused the skipper to sit out Sunday's win over Southampton.

Sylvain Distin picked up a hamstring complaint at the end of that contest but the manager expects the 36-year-old to be fit to start on Wednesday.

Tim Howard and Gareth Barry

There's better news with regards to Gareth Barry and Tim Howard, who are both available after serving one-match suspensions. With the New Year amnesty taking effect, all players have their caution count reset.

Leighton Baines returned to the side at the weekend for the first time since November's Merseyside derby and he could retain his place in Martinez's XI against the Potters.

Stoke, meanwhile, will be hoping Robert Huth passes a late fitness test ahead of the clash.

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic remains sidelined with a finger injury.
 
Form

Stoke ended 2013 in mixed form. December brought about victories over Chelsea and Aston Villa, draws to newly-promoted duo Hull City and Cardiff City, as well as defeats to Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham.

Ahead of the Toffees' arrival, Mark Hughes' side sit 12th in the Premier League, five points off the dropzone.

Top scorer Peter Crouch has five goals to his name this term, while on-loan Liverpool man Oussama Assaidi has impressed since breaking into the team in recent weeks.

Everton head to the Britannia on the back of a fine 2013 and a current league position of fourth. And with four away wins already, the Blues have proved capable of getting results on the road.

Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku ended a five-game run without a goal by thumping home Sunday’s matchwinner, notching his season tally up to nine strikes for the Toffees.

Last Meeting
Potters fans will be wanting to forget their last encounter with Everton, but November’s trip to Goodison will still be fresh in the memory for most.

Gerard Deulofeu’s first Premier League goal just before half-time started the rout, with Bryan Oviedo, Seamus Coleman and Lukaku crowning a convincing 4-0 win.

Everton's allocation for this game is SOLD OUT. Kick off is at 3pm. Tune in for free live radio commentary from the Britannia from 2.45pm here on evertonfc.com.

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