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Everton v Stoke: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

Everton v Stoke: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

"I expected to have offers because he made the decision not to sign a new contract but, if there is no interest, then he will stay and be part of the team and the best XI will start the game".

Guy Mowbray: "Yes, Everton will miss Romelu Lukaku, but getting five players in for roughly the money from his sale could make them this transfer window's big winners".

Koeman clearly no longer considers returning star Wayne Rooney as an out and out striker and, rather, the Dutchman is looking for a collective effort to replace Lukaku's prodigious output.

Everton have been busy too, bringing in Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaasen.

"I know the expectations are higher than last season, but I always look to be realistic", said Koeman.

So here we are - the moment has finally arrived for Everton to kick off a highly anticipated Premier League campaign.

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

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For Stoke, Hughes must do without Stephen Ireland (broken leg) and Ibrahim Afellay (knee) for the trip to Goodison Park.

The Toffees' only success in their opening match in the last nine Premier League seasons came in 2012-13, beating Manchester United 1-0 at Goodison Park.

The Toffees have top-four ambitions and will hope to start with three points this weekend.

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show.

Stoke are never an easy team to play against but if we can begin the season with a win, it will give the squad that extra bit of confidence and belief going into a tough run of fixtures against Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Stoke, who won their last away Premier League game on the final day of last season at Southampton, haven't recorded back to back away league wins since October 2015.

Stoke are likelier to be the rustier of the two sides, given that Everton have already played in two competitive matches this season.


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