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Can Everton halt Stoke’s resurgence to stay in touching distance of the European places?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 30 Jan 2017


Everton boss Ronald Koeman will be hoping that his team can continue their winning form this week.

Everton travel to the bet365 Stadium to face Stoke City in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, with the chance to go within two points of sixth-placed Manchester United if results go their way.

The Toffees have been in fantastic shape in recent weeks but Stoke are enjoying a recent resurgence which could make for an entertaining spectacle given the two sides are just two places apart in the Premier League table.

Rampant Everton could capitalise on porous Potters

Everton are currently seventh in the Premier League table with 36 points from 22 games, coming off the back of four wins and a draw from their last five outings. Ronald Koeman’s men have beaten the likes of defending champions Leicester City, Southampton and Manchester City without conceding a single goal, and have been enjoying goal-laden performances at the other end.

In the Premier League, the Merseysiders have scored 12 goals in their last five games, and will fancy their chances against a Stoke City side who aren’t known for keeping clean sheets. The Potters have conceded 12 goals in their previous half a dozen league outings ahead of the visit of Everton, and conceded when the two sides met earlier in the season.

Stoke have a poor recent head-to-head record with Everton

Stoke City have fallen short to Everton in recent meetings, losing their last two Premier League head-to-heads without scoring. Mark Hughes’ side lost their previous home clash with the Blues in the division by three goals to nil. Their defensive problems ahead of Wednesday’s clash won’t fill the manager of supporters full of much confidence either.

In addition to Stoke having lost recent head-to-heads with Everton, the Potters have struggled to get a positive result on home soil. In the Premier League, the Potters have picked up just one win in their last five games against Everton in their own backyard, losing twice and drawing twice. They are underdogs with the bookmakers this week given the large amount of goals they concede, and with Everton currently firing on all cylinders, the hosts might have to be more pragmatic to try and quell the Toffees.

Everton are 17/10 to win against Stoke City when the two sides lock horns on Wednesday evening, but it won’t be a foregone conclusion by any means. Stoke are no slouches but they have their biggest test to come this week.

Will the Toffees best the Potters?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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