Phil Neville predicts Everton vs Stoke City outcome

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2017

"If not, he is a player of Everton and if he shows to me he is one of the best then it is possible he can start, like everyone else".

Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman are long-term absentees while James McCarthy and Aaron Lennon are not yet match fit. "If all the big ones are really strong and doing what they need, it is very hard".

Wayne Rooney returning to Everton is massive news for the club and the reception he'll receive should have Goodison shaking.

Niasse spent the second-half of last season on loan from Everton at Hull City, scoring a spurt of goals despite the Tigers eventual relegation down to the Championship.

"Everybody is looking forward to the start of the Premier League and is ready".

"A hard game, Stoke City is always a battle", he remarked.

Everton's last four Premier League campaigns have all started with a draw, with three of those ending 2-2.

The striker looks to have the physicality and keen eye for goal to thrive in the Premier League, but does he have the right mentality?

As for the visitors, Mark Hughes' Stoke City side finished six places and 17 points worse off than Everton in the division last season, picking up only four wins from 19 away from home.

Stoke are embarking on their 10th consecutive Premier League season.

The former Manchester United skipper starts up front alongside fellow summer arrival Sandro Ramirez in a 3-5-2 formation.

With the benefit of Europa League football in their legs already, expect them to be flying today.

It was October 15 before Stoke collected their first league win last season, September 26 the season before that and September 29 the campaign before that.

That move, honed in pre-season, almost paid dividends as Everton new boy Pickford had to tip his early cross around the post, with former Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen then having attempts blocked as the hosts stuttered. The additions should make the team much stronger than before.

Having said that I'm backing them to kick the season off with a win against a Stoke side I fear will struggle having lost Marko Arnautovic to West Ham.

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