Stoke vs Everton team news: Romelu Lukaku fit to start ad record signing Giannelli Imbula starts for Potters

Everton named unchanged line-up while Stoke make three changes in attack

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Romelu Lukaku has recovered from a knock he suffered in the 3-0 win over Newcastle to lead the attack for Everton in their trip to Stoke, meaning Roberto Martinez can name an unchanged line-up.

Everton will hope to overtake Stoke with a win and move into the top half of the table, and the unchanged line-up means that there is no place for Gerard Deulofeu in the starting XI.

Stoke meanwhile name new club record signing Giannelli Imbula in a side that shows three changes from the side that suffered a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, with the midfielder completing a £18.3m move from Porto on deadline day.

He joins Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf in coming into the side, as Jon Walters, Peter Crouch and Bojan Krkic drop out, with the latter two named among the substitutes.


Stoke: Butland; Johnson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan (c), Imbula; Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic; Diouf.

Subs: Haugaard, Bardsley, Ireland, Odemwingie, Joselu, Crouch, Bojan.

Everton: Joel, Oviedo, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Coleman; Barry, McCarthy; Cleverley, Barkley, Lennon, Lukaku.

Subs: Stanek, Baines, Kone, Mirallas, Deulofeu, Osman, Pienaar