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Stoke City v Everton FC
Britannia Stadium
Wednesday 4th March 19:45
Premier League Match #28

Stoke - Last Five Matches

Newcastle 1-1 Stoke (Crouch)
Stoke 1-4 Man City (Crouch)
Blackburn 4-1 Stoke (Crouch)
Aston Villa 1-2 Stoke (Diouf, Moses Pen)
Stoke 1-0 Hull (Crouch)

Everton - Last Five Matches

Chelsea 1-0 Everton
Young Boys 1-4 Everton - Europa League (Lukaku x3, Coleman)
Everton 2-2 Leicester (Naismith, O.G)
Everton 3-1 Young Boys - Europa League (Lukaku x 2, Mirallas)
Arsenal 2-0 Everton

Stoke City
Peter Crouch scored his fourth goal in five matches to record Stoke's 1-0 win against Hull at the weekend following their away victory against Aston Villa to win back to back matches for the second time this season. Stoke's last five defeats have come against the current top five teams in the Premier League, losing to Manchester City and Chelsea at home and suffering defeats away to Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal within their last 15 matches. Stoke City's 1-0 win at Goodison Park gives them the opportunity to do the double over Everton for the first time since the 1966/67 season when they followed up a 1-0 win away at Goodison Park with a 2-1 victory at home. Stoke look to finish above Everton in the league for the first time since 1980-81 when Stoke finished 11th and Everton finished 15th in the old first division.

One of the reasons why this match is an interesting match up is because of the stark contrast between the sides compared to last season. There has been a 29 point swing between the two clubs at this point this season compared to the same stage of last season and Stoke have opened up an 11 point gap in the Premier League this season. Interestingly, Liverpool and Arsenal have dropped the points after Everton yet have only dropped 1 place in the league each. Should Everton lose on Wednesday night they'll be 20 points worse off from the same stage last year.

Possible Line ups

Everton fell to a second successive away defeat with a 2-0 at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday, Everton's 11th defeat in 27 league games this season which is three more than they had in the entirety of last season. Everton haven't won in any of their last five matches at the Britannia stadium but have only lost on one occasion. Everton's current streak of eight matches without a draw away from home is the second longest in the premier league behind Queens Park Rangers (13), seven of which have resulted in defeats for the Toffees. Everton have conceded 14 goals and scored just four goals in their previous eight away matches and have only scored three goals in their previous five Premier League visits to Stoke.

Mark Hughes has a pretty impressive record against his Everton counterpart having won 12/21 points available and only losing once to a Roberto Martinez side. Mark Hughes has seen his side handed two penalties in the above matches and a red card in one of the fixture whilst Martinez was awarded his first penalty in this match up during a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season with Leighton Baines scoring an injury time penalty whilst Bojan scored the only goal in the match at Goodison Park this year from the spot. The only red card in matches between both matches came in the very first meeting between both managers with Pablo Zabaleta seeing red for Mark Hughes' Manchester City side.

Statistics & Injuries

real biggy, this one. shudder...

(worrying about stoke. how pathetic is that)

(free transfer :))


--- Quote from: blob on March 03, 2015, 04:34:39 AM ---real biggy, this one. shudder...

(worrying about stoke. how pathetic is that)

(free transfer :))

--- End quote ---

I'm supremely confident going into this one blob. I don't know why but I've got a very good feeling we're going to get a win here.

Maybe it's because you'd imagine Stoke won't sit back at home and therefore we should have too much for them unlike recent away matches at Chelsea and Arsenal where we've been in that situation.

Those stats at the top of Shoguns's piece are appalling! On paper Jonathan Walters is more affective than Lukaku. And to have Naismith and Barkley playing off the striker (I know they've been played wide, but still part of an advanced supporting 3, behind the striker) with 1 assist between them is our biggest problem. Really needs sorting.

Sir Stealth:
The first of many draws on our route to premier league survival I reckon


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