The Toffees play host to the Potters at Goodison Park.
After their recent 2-0 win against Manchester City, Everton find themselves within two points of fifth-placed Arsenal – but they need to win more of these types of games. Last time they met Stoke it ended in a 1-1 draw, one of 12 Toffees draws this season. Everton’s attack is weakened without suspended duo Steven Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini. Stoke are comfortable in 11th position, but there have been grumblings, with Tony Pulis’s side having lost four of their last six away matches, and have only won one in 11. (Guardian)
Venue Goodison Park, Saturday 5.30pm
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Last season Everton 0 Stoke 1
Referee M Jones
This season’s matches 17 Y60, R2, 3.65 cards per game
Subs from Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Vellios, Duffy, Barkley
Doubtful Howard (back)
Injured Hibbert (calf, unknown)
Suspended Fellaini (first game of two), Pienaar (first game of two)
Form guide WWLLDW
Disciplinary record Y46 R3
Leading scorer Fellaini 11
Subs from Sorensen, Wilkinson, Kightly, Jones, Whitehead, Adam, Palacios, Shea, Wilson, Owen
Injured Brown (knee, unknown)
Form guide DLLLWL
Disciplinary record Y60 R3
Leading scorer Walters 6
Everton and Stoke have drawn four of their nine Premier League meetings.
The Toffees have not beaten Stoke since October 2010 – the last two clashes have been 1-1 draws, the two previous results were Stoke victories.
Everton’s biggest home win over Stroke was an 8-0 victory – in November 1889.
They have lost just five league matches this season – the fewest amount of defeats the club has had at this stage of a Premier League season
Against Manchester City last time out, Everton kept only their second clean sheet in their last 14 home league games.
In that same match, Nikica Jelavic scored his first Premier League goal of 2013 – ending a barren run of 838 minutes.
The Potters have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches.
They have scored just six goals in 10 league games in 2013. Overall, they have failed to score in 13 league matches this season – the worst record in the Premier League.
Stoke have drawn 13 league matches this season, the most of any top-flight team (equal with Norwich).