It has been another successful campaign for both of these clubs, with Stoke positioned in 14th spot while Everton are performing even better as they sit in 7th place. While it would appear as though neither side has anything to play for, the fact that each Premier League position carries a massive financial reward will be hugely significant for both as they try and boost their transfer funds for next term.
Even though some Stoke supporters may be slightly disappointed with their current position, the fact that the Potters are just three points away from 9th place speaks volumes about how close they are to the top half. Tony Pulis’ side have once again proved that they are more than capable of performing at this level, although the Britannia Stadium outfit will certainly want to sure up recent form which has been very disappointing indeed. The club have won just one of their last nine games in all competitions, although it has to be said that they have managed to claw draws against Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City. However, it looks as though the club have managed to keep hold of their good home form, with the Potters approaching this game having not lost in their last five at the Britannia Stadium.
Everton meanwhile are enjoying a fabulous campaign and while it is mathematically impossible for the Toffees to break into the top six, David Moyes’ men still have the incentive of finishing above fierce rivals Liverpool. The Goodison Park outfit currently find themselves sat two points ahead of the Reds and judging by recent form, there is every chance that Everton can remain in that position. The club are currently on a sterling run of form where they have lost just two of their last sixteen in the Premier League. Moreover, there is no doubt that their supporters are being constantly entertained, with the club managing to score four goals in each of their last three top flight outings. Considering the fact that one of those games was at Old Trafford, it has to be said that Everton are arriving at the Britannia Stadium with some immense form behind them.
As for team news, Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is preparing to start between the sticks for the Potters as Tony Pulis looks to give more game time to some of his fringe players. However, the home side are likely to be without Andy Wilkinson, as he continues to struggle with a groin issue that kept him out of Stoke’s last game. The visitors on the other hand are set to be without two players, with hamstring issues hindering both Jack Rodwell and Leighton Baines. Other than that, David Moyes has no fresh concerns and will look to keep changes to a minimum following recent form.
In terms of a prediction, we anticipate a high scoring clash at the Britannia Stadium. While Everton approach this game with some stunning form behind them, the fact that Stoke hold the home advantage counts for everything with our tip being a 3-3 scoreline.