Stoke head to Everton this weekend looking to kick-start their season after a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City last weekend. The Toffees, meanwhile, are aiming to build on their comeback victory over West Brom with a second successive win.
Ahead of the contest at Goodison Park, here are five key statistics.
Last season’s meetings weren’t short of goals.
In both Premier League games between Everton and Stoke last season, 10 goals were scored. In December, Stoke scored a 91st minute penalty to win 4-3, but Everton got their revenge at the Brittania Stadium in February with a 3-0 win. If Saturday’s clash is anything like recent meetings between the sides, both keepers should expect busy afternoons.
Everton hold the edge over Stoke overall.
In 129 meetings between the Toffees and Potters, Everton have won nearly half with 61 wins. Stoke have 35 wins, with 33 draws. However, Stoke have improved that record in recent years, winning five and drawing three of the last 12 contests.
Everton might find it hard to keep a clean sheet.
Stoke have scored in six of their last seven away games, while Everton have only kept three clean sheets at home since the start of last season. Even though new boss Ronald Koeman will be looking to improve Everton’s defensive record, it will be a tough ask to keep out Mark Hughes’ confident Stoke side.
Xherdan Shaqiri enjoys playing Everton.
Stoke’s attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri only scored three goals last season, but two of those came in the victory at Goodison Park – including a spectacular chipped half-volley on the stroke of half time. The Swiss international is a doubt for Saturday’s game, but started the season with a goal against Middlesbrough and will be eager to continue his form against Everton.
Peter Crouch is already having a better season than 2015/17.
If Shaqiri is not passed fit, veteran striker Peter Crouch will be pushing for a start after scoring a midweek EFL Cup hattrick. That was his first three-goal haul in six years, and it tripled his goal tally from last season, where he scored just once.