Match Preview: Everton v Stoke

Recent Meetings

1 Feb 2017 Stoke 1-1 Everton
27 Aug 2016 Everton 1-0 Stoke
6 Feb 2016 Stoke 0-3 Everton
28 Dec 2015 Everton 3-4 Stoke
4 Mar 2015 Stoke 2-0 Everton

Overview

  • Everton’s Premier League campaign begins!
  • Everton hope to continue their 100% record this season with a confidence-boosting win against Stoke to kickstart the Premier League season.
  • Wayne Rooney will play his first Premier League game for the Blues since the 5-1 defeat against Manchester City in May 2004.

The Opposition

  • Stoke have played 8 preseason friendlies with wins over Neuchatel Xamax, Amiens, Bolton and Leipzig.
  • They lost 3 times against Monaco, Sheffield United and St Pauli.
  • Their sole draw came against Young Boys but they won the penalty shootout.
  • Their preseason top scorers were Joselu and Mame Biram Diouf, who scored 4 goals each.
  • Incomings include Darren Fletcher, Josh Tymon and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
  • Their most notable outgoing was Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian international, who was linked with a move to Everton the previous summer before signing a new 4-year contract at Stoke, handed in a transfer request during the summer break and left to join West Ham for up to £25 million.
  • Last season’s Player of the Year was goalkeeper Lee Grant. However, the return of Jack Butland could see his appearances limited.
  • Stoke have blocked 159 shots in the Premier League. Excluding the relegated teams, only Burnley have blocked more (221).
  • Stoke have made more unsuccessful touches than any other team in the Premier League last season (544, roughly 14 unsuccessful touches per game).

One To Watch

Joe Allen
Games  36
Goals  6
Pass Accuracy % 81%
Successful Tackles 88
Fouls 27
Interceptions 63

Key Stats

  • Everton and Stoke are meeting each other in the first league game of the season since the 1983/84 season. Everton won the game 1-0 with a first-half goal from Graeme Sharp.
  • Everton have never lost to Stoke in August (4 wins, 3 draws).
  • Everton have drawn in the first game of the last 4 Premier League seasons. They have also won only once in their last 9 (against Manchester United in 2012/13).
  • Everton have kept just 1 clean sheet in the first game of the last 18 Premier League seasons (again, against Manchester United in 2012/13).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored 7 goals in the first game of the Premier League season – more than any other currently active PL player.

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