|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|
- 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.
- 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
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- 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.