Stoke are hoping to complete the double over Everton when the Blues visit the Britannia Stadium.
The home side are currently 11 points ahead of Roberto Martinez’ side – a team Stoke have never finished above in the Premier League era.
Everton’s form in the Premier League has been poor. They have only won one of their last 11 league games, losing six of those. However, their progression through to the last-16 of the Europa League will give the away side confidence and a victory could see them over-take Crystal Palace.
A win for Stoke City could see them move up to eighth position with both Swansea and West Ham having touch fixtures against Tottenham and Chelsea. Peter Crouch could set a new Premier League record should he score a header – eclipsing Alan Shearer’s current record of 46 headed goals.
This contest doesn’t usually promote goals but Everton’s thrashing of Stoke back in November 2013 gives the away side hope. Stoke may look to wait until the second half of the game to launch an attack though as Everton are prone to conceding in the later stages of the game.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Everton 0 Stoke 1, Premier League, December 2014
Stoke 1 Everton 1, Premier League, January 2014
Everton 4 Stoke 0, Premier League, November 2013
The last three encounters between these teams at the Britannia Stadium have all ended with a 1-1 draw
Stoke have only lost three of their last 13 league games (W10, D3) – only losing out to teams currently in the top four of the Premier League.
Everton have conceded 61% of their goals in the second half of matches in the Premier League – the highest percentage of any team.
Roberto Martinez’ side have committed the fewest number of fouls this season (263.)
Stoke to win: 29/20
Everton to win: 23/10
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