Preview - Everton vs Stoke - 12 Aug

Started by Bensergi, Aug 12, 2017, 10:26 AM

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Everton vs Stoke

It is vital that Everton collect all three points here, and that's because they have Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Man Utd up next on the fixture list. Ronald Koeman has recruited heavily over the summer, signing Jordan Pickford, Sandro Ramirez, Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney. Stoke are without Ibrahim Affellay, but on-loan defender Kurt Zouma is ready for his debut. Beanpole striker Peter Crouch could prove to be the game-changer. He has six goals and four assists in EPL matches against Everton. Curiously, the Toffees started three of their last four EPL campaigns with a 2-2 draw.


Aug 13, 2017, 11:03 AM Last Edit: Aug 13, 2017, 11:07 AM by Bensergi
Match Stats
  • Everton 1-0 Stoke
  • Everton scorers: Wayne Rooney (45+1)
  • Stoke scorers: N/A  
  • Shots: 9-9
  • Possession: 62%-38%
  • Corner kicks: 6-7
  • Factline: Rooney's effort was his 300th goal involvement in the Premier League (199 goals, 101 assists)

Wayne Rooney scored the first of his Premier League goals for Everton with a sublime strike against Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2002. His 199th in the English top flight 15 years later wasn't quite as dramatic, but it will have meant just as much to the boyhood Blues fan.

Sir Alex Ferguson moved to snap up the teenager after some flashes of genius in an Everton shirt and Rooney returned to Goodison Park as England and Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer.

He helped start the move that resulted in the winning goal with some neat link-up play with Idrissa Gueye and Sandro Ramirez, before showing all that experience to peel away in the area and guide a free header into the opposite corner.

The forward started tenaciously and could have found himself in the book for a late tackle on former United team-mate Darren Fletcher, but Rooney's desire to track back and help his side defensively also proved invaluable against a direct Stoke threat.

This season could go a long way to deciding his legacy among the Everton faithful, but the former England captain will also be hoping to play his way back into Gareth Southgate's plans with a World Cup looming next summer.

The winning goal on his Goodison Park homecoming proved a perfect start.

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