Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Stoke City Premier League - 12 August 2017

Stoke City Premier League - 12 August 2017

Bet 365 are giving odds of 7/10 for Everton to win against Stoke City in Saturday's clash at Goodison Park.

The Dutchman is also unable to call upon long-term injured trio Seamus Coleman (broken leg), Yannick Bolasie (knee) and Ramiro Funes Mori (knee), but will look to give six new squad members their Premier League bows.

Romelu Lukaku can open his Manchester United account by scoring first against West Ham tomorrow at odds of 5-2.

The Everton fans have been brilliant since the news of my return was announced.

Predicted Everton Starting Lineup: Pickford; Martina, Keane, Williams, Baines; Gueye, Schneiderlin; Calvert-Lewin, Klaassen, Mirallas; Rooney.

Rooney's header late in the first half - his first competitive goal for the club in 4,869 days - broke the deadlock and set Ronald Koeman's Everton on course for a 1-0 win against Stoke at Goodison Park. The team will open their season at home against Stoke City in what should be a good game.

After 13 record-breaking years at Manchester United, the 31-year-old made the ideal mark on his Premier League homecoming.

The Toffees have top-four ambitions and will hope to start with three points this weekend.

The striker looks to have the physicality and keen eye for goal to thrive in the Premier League, but does he have the right mentality?

Veteran Stoke striker Peter Crouch has been involved in 10 goals against Everton in his Premier League career (six goals, four assists) - only against Aston Villa (11) has he been involved in more.

It was October 15 before Stoke collected their first league win last season, September 26 the season before that and September 29 the campaign before that.

Everton have signed a lot of players this summer, but not a lot of great players! Though he also serves fair warning that they will not drag this out until the final day, so if either Spurs or Chelsea truly want Barkley, we better get a move on.

The pair that comes out on top will certainly have a big say in where a potential victory lies, but there will be only so much either duo can do if neither team's forward lines produce the goods where it matters.

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