Stoke City v Everton FCStoke's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Stoke 3-2 Chelsea
The Britannia Stadium
Wednesday 1st January 15:00
Premier League match 20
(Crouch, Ireland, Assaidi)Hull 0-0 StokeStoke 2-1 Aston Villa
(Adam, Crouch)Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
(Assaidi)Tottenham 3-0 StokeEverton's last 5 domestic matches 2013/2014:Arsenal 1-1 Everton
(Deulofeu)Everton 4-1 Fulham
(Osman, Coleman, Barry, Mirallas)Swansea 1-2 Everton
(Coleman, Barkley)Everton 0-1 SunderlandEverton 2-1 Southampton
Everton recovered from their shock defeat to Sunderland at home on Boxing day with 3 points against Southampton at Goodison Park just 3 days later. This is the blues 10th winin 19 Premier League games and Everton finish the half-way point of the season having conceded the least amount of goals along with Arsenal (18). Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal in 5 matches to get the 3 points for the toffees with his 9th goal of the season.
It's certainly a case of Everton slipping up the bottom half of the Premier League that has cost them this season as only Manchester City have taken more points from teams in the top 10. Some of the more memorable points dropped coming early in the season before the Everton team took shape with draws against Norwich, West Brom and Cardiff. Everton have to play Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton, Tottenham and Hull in the second half of the season.
Potential Line Ups
Stoke come into this game on the back of two heavy back to back defeat against Newcastle and Tottenhan away from home. They had a bit of hard luck with refereeing decisions at Newcastle having 2 men sent off whilst 1-0 as well as a penalty going against them. Those were both away games and Stoke sit bottom of the 'Away Table' with 5 points, however they've picked up 16 points out of a possible 27 at home so this should be a close encounter.
At the start of the season, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester United and Stoke went into the season with new managers. Although some have higher expectations, Mark Hughes (who is also a cunt) has earned the greatest amount of points from the same fixtures they had last season, this season. Manchester United are quite a distance off whilst Jose Mourinho is stuck in a stalemate from Rafa Benitez's tally and Roberto Martinez is slightly ahead of his predecessor.
Stats and Injuries
Everton go into this game without long term injuries Darron Gibson
and Arouna Kone
whilst Phil Jagielka
is set to miss out the next 4 weeks along with Gerard Deulofeu
. Sylvain Distin
has a slight hamstring concern.
Stoke are set to be without Asmir Begovic, Robert Huth
and Andy Wilkinson
whilst Marko Arnautovic
could also miss out through illness.