Date: 28th December 2015 at 8:34am
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Everton take on Stoke City at Goodison Park in the Premier League, with both sides harbouring chances of European football next campaign.

Both are currently on 26 points, four behind fifth-placed Crystal Palace and six adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The Toffees snatched a last-gasp win at relegation-haunted Newcastle United on Boxing Day; Tom Cleverley grabbing the winner in stoppage time after heading home a Rob Elliott clearance.

That was Roberto Martinez side’s first win in five outings, and the only time they have tasted success in December following two draws and a defeat in the month.

At Goodison, the Blues will want to improve having won just three of their nine matches in front of their own fans.

Stoke recorded an impressive victory of their own on Boxing Day, when they beat Manchester United 2-0; first-half goals from Bojan and Marko Arnautovic temporarily moved them up to eighth in the table.

It was the Potters’ first win in three outings – since they beat Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium at the beginning of the month.

Their triumph also means Mark Hughes’ men have won exactly half of their last 10 games – winning five, drawing two and losing three.

Away from the Britannia, City have only lost two of their nine matches, winning three and drawing four.

Team News:

Captain Phil Jagielka, James McCarthy, Steven Naismith and Bryan Oviedo are all in contention after recovering from injuries.

Gerard Deulofeu, who was a second half substitute at Newcastle, will be restored after being given a breather.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Geoff Cameron and Glenn Whelan are all expected to be fit for Stoke despite suffering slight injuries against Manchester United.

However, the visitors will again be without Marc Muniesa, Peter Crouch and Stephen Ireland.

League Position: Everton – 9th (26 pts); Stoke – 11th (26 pts)
Last Meeting: Stoke 2-0 Everton – March 4, 2015
Key Players: Everton – Romelu Lukaku; Stoke – Marko Arnautović
League Form: Everton – WDDDLW; Stoke – WLWDLW
Shoot Says: Everton 1-1 Stoke

 
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