Game: Everton (9th-9 pts) vs Stoke City (12th-8 pts)
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
KO Time: 15:00 GMT
Everton face Stoke City at home in a mid-table clash on Sunday. The Toffees are in form after making a slow start to the season. The Potters on the other hand would be looking to bounce back after a defeat against Manchester United last weekend.
Form Guide (Last five games- all competitions- Everton)
BATE Borisov 1-2 Everton (Likhtarovich- Fellaini, Cahill)
Portsmouth 0-1 Everton (Saha)
Hull City 0-4 Everton (Yakubu, Jo, Gosling, Osman)
Everton 3-0 Blackburn Rovers (Saha*2, Yobo)
Everton 4-0 AEK Athens (Yobo, Distin, Pienaar, Jo)
Everton have won their last five games in all competitions scoring an impressive 17 goals and conceding just one. Cahill, Fellaini and Saha are in good form and pose a great threat to the Stoke goal. However David Moyes’ team may have defensive problems as Joseph Yobo is doubtful for the match suffering from a thigh injury.
Neville, Jagielka, Arteta and Anichebe are all set to miss out the clash with injuries, while John Heitinga, Lucal Neill and Louis Saha will all rerun to the squad after being inelligible for the Europa Cup game on Thursday.
Form Guide (Last five games- all competitions- Stoke City)
Stoke City 0-2 Manchester United (Berbatov,O’Shea)
Stoke City 4-3 Blackpool (Higginbotham, Etherington, Fuller, Griffin- Vaughan, Clarke, Burgess)
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Stoke City (Taylor, Kitson)
Stoke City 1-2 Chelsea (Faye- Drogba, Malouda)
Stoke City 1-0 Sunderland (Kitson)
James Beattie will be hoping to make an impact against his former club, while Tuncay Sanli will be looking forward to start his first game for the Potters. However, with Kitson available Tony Pulis may start with Beattie on the bench. Ricardo Fuller, who missed out last Saturday’s match, is out with a groin injury. Liam Lawrence has recovered from a back problem to be available for the match.
Everton 3-1 Stoke City
Stoke City 2-3 Everton
Everton beat Stoke on both occasions in the last season. However Stoke have drawn their last two away games in the Premier League.
Match Verdict: – The Toffees will be high on confidence after winning their midweek match in Europe. The fact that they are playing at home after three matches will also boost their morale against a Stoke team which is completely dependent on its defence, for any chance of getting a point. A repeat from the last season.
Everton 3-1 Stoke City (Saha, Cahill, Fellaini- Kitson)