Stoke City v Everton

Match preview

16 Mar 2018
Everton v Stoke City

Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf will be assessed ahead of a possible early return from a shoulder injury.

Everton will be without midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson for between six and eight weeks after he sustained a knee injury in the win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Theo Walcott (cramp) and Idrissa Gana Gueye (illness) are available and Ramiro Funes Mori is closing in on a return from a long-term knee problem. Ashley Williams is suspended.

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Everton are aiming to complete the double over Stoke City for the first time since the Potters' debut PL campaign in 2008/09.

Wayne Rooney has had a hand in four goals in his last four PL matches against Stoke (three goals, one assist). That includes his first goal on his return to Everton at the start of this season, and the strike that made him Manchester United's all-time leading scorer on his last visit to bet365 Stadium.

Stoke manager Paul Lambert is looking for his first Premier League victory against Everton, at the eighth attempt (D3 L4).

Xherdan Shaqiri has set up 20.4 per cent of Stoke's 318 shots in this PL season, creating 65 chances. Only Brighton & Hove Albion's Pascal Gross (22.2 per cent) has provided a higher share for his side.

Club previews 

Stoke City: Plenty at stake - Lambert
Everton: Allardyce backs Walcott to get better

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Lee Betts, Stephen Child
Fourth official: Jonathan Moss

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