Everton vs Stoke City by FP
Roberto Martinez made a few changes against Newcastle as wingers Kone and Deulofeu dropped to the bench and were replaced by Mirallas and Lennon. I would expect Kone and Deulofeu to come back into the side at Goodison Park for the visit of Stoke after their short rest and this will surely make Everton even stronger going forwards.
Stoke had plenty of reason to celebrate themselves on Boxing Day as they were much superior against an under performing Manchester United side, eventually coming out 2-0 winners with Bojan and Arnautovic on target in a game that could have ended 4-0 to the home team. As bad as Manchester United were, I cannot help but be impressed by Stoke’s impressive defensive record recently – Mark Hughes’s side have amazingly kept a clean sheet in eight out of their last eleven Premier League games which is a major achievement and perhaps they are not yet getting the credit they deserve for their defensive ability.
Both Everton and Stoke like to attack, but both teams keep men behind the ball as security for when the opposition counter attacks. With similar tactics the match is likely to be entertaining but played mostly in the middle third of the park. For two entertaining teams, the number of goals scored in matches involving either team is surprisingly low – Everton have seen under 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches, while Stoke have seen under 2.5 goals in five of their last six matches. Statistics like that are hard to ignore, so I will be backing the trend to continue
Tip: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.80
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