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by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

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Everton head to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday as they look for an away win at Stoke City.

Here we preview the game with the aid of stats, facts and numbers...

0 Everton players sent off against Stoke, with the Potters having just two – Ted Evans in 1892 at Goodison - the first ever on the ground and Stoke’s first ever dismissal - and George Berry at the Victoria Ground in December 1982.

2 Everton players who have won Barclays Premier League Player of the Month awards in 2012: Nikica Jelavic (April) and Marouane Fellaini (November). The Toffees are the only club to have more than one victor this year and both are the only players from their respective countries to win the award.

Victor Anichebe is congratulated for his strike

3 Premier League victories for Everton against Stoke, with three defeats and two draws. Our only win in the last four trips to the Britannia was in September 2008, a 3-2 victory with goals from Yakubu, Victor Anichebe and Tim Cahill.

8 Goals in the last six meetings between the two teams, with no Everton player finding the net in the last three matches, as the Blues' goal in the 1-1 draw at Stoke in May was credited to Peter Crouch.    

13 Successive league matches in which the Toffees have scored, equaling the Club record in the Premier League era - first achieved in August 1996 and then again in September 2001. If the Blues score on Saturday it will be the longest such sequence since netting in 24 successive league games between October 1985 and March 1986.

58 Victories for Everton over Stoke in all competitions, against 32 defeats. The Toffees' biggest win was an 8-0 triumph, all the way back in November 1889.

Dave Hickson

77 Years since the last Everton hat-trick in the top-flight against Stoke City. During the course of our 5-1 home win over the Potters in November 1935, Jimmy Cunliffe netted four goals for the Toffees. Dave Hickson scored a hat-trick at Stoke in the old Second Division in November 1953.

124 Years ago to the exact date of Saturday’s fixture, the first ever meeting between the two teams took place at Stoke’s old Victoria Ground on 15 December 1888. An estimated crowd of 1,500 shivering spectators saw a goalless draw in dense fog. 

Tim Howard 2007 1

199 Consecutive Premier League appearances made by Tim Howard, the American having not missed a league game – or a single minute’s action - since the visit to Aston Villa in September 2007.  If he plays, the Everton keeper will become the first player in Premier League history to make 200 successive appearances for the same club and only the second player after Brad Friedel to achieve the feat.

Howard's illustrious predecessor, Neville Southall, was the first ever player to make 200 Premier League appearances, at Derby County in September 1997.

999 Goals conceded by the Toffees in the Premier League after last Sunday. Not only was Steven Pienaar’s effort against Spurs our 1,000th in the competition, but Jelavic’s strike was the 2000th scored in all of Everton’s Premier League matches.      

All stats courtesy of Gavin Buckland (@GavinBuckland1) on Twitter.

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