Everton v Stoke City

Ashley Williams

Summer signing Ashley Williams could make his first Premier League start for Everton


Everton manager Ronald Koeman could hand first Premier League starts to new arrivals Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie, but Seamus Coleman remains out with an ankle injury.

James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley are deemed “small doubts” by Koeman but could still feature.

Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri could return from an ankle injury for Stoke.

It is still too early for injured pair Jack Butland and Glen Johnson to make their first appearances of the season.


Steve Bower: “An overhaul won’t happen overnight but you can feel the extended positivity already surrounding Everton.

“A victory would add to that – it would give the perennial slow starters their highest points tally after their opening three matches of a season in 10 years.

“The announcement that Romelu Lukaku is staying with the club has only enhanced the new feelgood factor.

“Ronald Koeman is still trying to add to his squad, as is his opposite number Mark Hughes, who’s bidding to lead Stoke to a top-half finish for the fourth season running.

“I watched Stoke win this fixture in amazing fashion 4-3 last season. A third successive win at Goodison would get them off and running.”

Twitter: @SteveBowercomm


Everton manager Ronald Koeman on new signings: “There is no interest [in Joe Hart]. We have a game at Stoke on Saturday and that is more important than all the rumours.

“We are improving. We are close to 100% but I think some players did not get game time in pre-season.

“Maybe they need one or two weeks more to get everybody on the highest level.”

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: “We enjoy going [to Goodison Park]. We had a fantastic game there last season.

“Clearly the result went our way, but it could have gone either way. It was a great game for everybody who was there just to watch it.

“I’d take the same result, but maybe with less dramatic moments because there were too many goals and too many incidents.”


“Everton have made a strong start and have integrated their new players in nicely, and I am backing them to continue that on Saturday.”

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Everton ended a run of three successive defeats in this fixture by winning 3-0 at Stoke in February.


  • A win would give Everton their highest points tally after the opening three matches of a season since 2006.
  • They only earned 23 points at home last season, their lowest points total in the Premier League.
  • Romelu Lukaku has failed to score in 10 Premier League appearances since March, his longest goal drought in the division.

Stoke City

  • Stoke have failed to win either of their opening two games for the sixth time in seven seasons.
  • They have gone 12 league games without a clean sheet and conceded 41 league goals in 2016 – the most of any side currently in the division.
  • The Potters have only earned eight points from their last 10 away matches (W2, D2, L6).

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