Stoke City v Everton team news and stats

Date published: Friday 5th February 2016 1:46

Gerard Deulofeu: Looking for more playing time under Roberto Martinez at Everton this season

Gerard Deulofeu will be looking to continue his goalscoring form against Stoke when Everton head to the Britannia on Saturday.

Team news: 

Stoke’s new record signing Giannelli Imbula could make his debut while Philipp Wollscheid is set for a late fitness test.

Midfielder Imbula arrived on transfer deadline day from Porto for £18.3million but was not eligible to feature 24 hours later in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss at Manchester United.

Wollscheid (calf) was forced off early in that game but Potters boss Mark Hughes – definitely still without three other defensive options in Ryan Shawcross (back), Geoff Cameron (ankle) and Marc Wilson (knee) – is hopeful the German might be able to face the Toffees.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is expected to recover from the back injury he sustained in midweek to be able to face Stoke.

Forward Kevin Mirallas is fit again after a tendon problem but goalkeeper Tim Howard (knee), defender John Stones and midfielder Muhamed Besic (both hamstring) will not feature.

Deadline-day signing Oumar Niasse is awaiting final completion of his paperwork in order to join the matchday squad.

Opta stats:

  • Stoke City have won five and lost just two of their last nine Barclays Premier League games at home (W5 D2 L2).
  • Everton have lost just one of their last 12 Premier League away games, but seven of these have ended in a draw (W4 D7 L1).
  • Gerard Deulofeu has scored in both of his Premier League appearances against Stoke.
  • The last goal of the game in three of the last four Premier League matches between Stoke and Everton has been a penalty and on all three occasions changed the result.
  • Peter Crouch could make his 400th Premier League appearance in this match and will become the 25th different Englishman to reach this landmark.
  • Stoke have won a league-low one point in games that they have conceded the first goal in this season (10 games, W0 D1 L9).
  • The Potters have failed to score in any of their last three Premier League games – they haven’t gone four top-flight games in a row without scoring since March 1985 (eight games).
  • Ross Barkley has now scored eight league goals this season, more than he has managed in any Premier League campaign in his career.
  • Barkley is also the leading English player for assists in the Premier League this season (7), though his last one came against Stoke in December.
  • Jonathan Walters could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match – 195 of the previous 199 have come for Stoke.

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