Everton vs Stoke City by Dwofl
Today's hosts went through pre-season with little effort as they haven't tasted defeat in friendlies and comfortably passed Ruzomberok in Europa league qualifiers with 2:0 on aggregate. Apart from AC Milan, Everton top my list when it comes to summer transfers as they replaced Lukaku, Deulofeu, Valencia and Cleverley with Sandro Ramirez, Wayne Rooney, Cuco Martina, Keane, Davy Klaasen and quality goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Should they secure Gylfi Sigurdsson's signing they will pose a serious threat to top 6 teams once again this season.
Stoke City do not have competitive football so far in the preseason and have faced fairly weaker opposition in friendlies apart from their hosts. They lost Arnautović to West Ham United and are hoping that newly-arrived Schalke winger Maxim Choupo-Moting will fill the gap. Martins Indi and Zouma are defensive signings but will need a few games to get their playing cohesion set-up.
Everton were extremely hard to beat at Goodison last season loosing only to Chelsea and Liverpool, three draws and taking the scalps of Man City, Arsenal, Leicester and many more.
Stoke City finished the season poorly. 2 wins in 9 away games in 2017. finding the net in only 3 games of the 9 played. They lost away to lesser teams and I don't see how this will change this year. Stoke did not boost their squad as much as Everton in this transfer window and I don't see them being able to take away much from this game.
That said, Everton to win for this one. Good luck.
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