Everton v Stoke City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 08, 2017
Goodison Park - Premier League
Mega spending Everton have raised expectation levels this summer and Wayne Rooney has returned while Stoke don’t look as strong as in the past. Much of Everton’s transfer business has been funded by the sale of Romelu Lukaku so the question is can the Toffees still stick the ball in the back of the net?
Everton have won almost half of the meetings between the clubs to City’s quarter with roughly a quarter drawn, the Blues having triumphed 62 times to City’s 35 with 34 level. Last season Everton won the Goodison fixture 1-0 but Stoke won on their previous two visits, astonishingly 4-3 two seasons ago and 1-0 a year earlier.
Everton will be expected to field their big name and big money summer signings but will be without Ross Barkley. The England midfielder is subject to transfer speculation but is ruled out in any case after groin surgery.
Stoke’s new signing Josh Tymon is a doubt with a foot injury while striker Joselu may have played himself into contention with five goals in three pre-season appearances. Star-man Xherdan Shaqiri has been in sparkling form now that he is free from the niggling injuries that restricted him last term.
Everton v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
Having already played two Europa League games The Toffees have a competitive edge over Mark Hughes’ side and with home advantage are 13/5 to win with visitors Stoke at 8/1 and the draw 15/4.
Having broken the British transfer record for a goalkeeper with a fee that could rise to£30m for Jordan Pickford, Ronald Koeman saw the England Under 21 international keep a clean sheet on his Europa League debut and Pickford will be out to impress on his home and Premier League debut for the club. Pickford is 6/5 to keep a clean sheet.
His opposite number Jack Butland may well prove to be Pickford’s biggest rival for the England shirt in years to come. After an injury hit season Butland is back to his best and is 15/4 to keep a clean sheet of his own. If you fancy both goalkeepers to be unbeaten the odds on a goalless draw are 7/1.
However, especially having twice played competitively and with anticipation surging at Goodison after a summer where Wayne Rooney returned and Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen are among the exciting arrivals Everton may have too much for the Potters.
The game to be goalless at 7/1
With two of the country’s best young goalkeepers, including Pickford desperate to start well at home it could be a day where goals are absent.
Everton to win 2-0 at 13/2
With Rooney out for a fairytale return big spending Everton could have too much for the Potters.