- Tosun has 4 goals in 3 games
- Charlie Adam sent off for Stoke in first half
- Stoke remain in bottom three
Everton beat 10-man Stoke City 2-1 at a snowy bet365 Stadium on Saturday as Cenk Tosun scored twice in the second half to secure just a second away win in 24 Premier League games for the Toffees.
Sam Allardyce‘s side were given a helping hand as Charlie Adam was sent off in the first half but Stoke battled hard and equalized through Erik-Choupo Moting.
Yet the Toffees secured the win to move into ninth place on 40 points, while Stoke stay in 19th on 27 points.
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The first big chance of the game arrived for Everton as Tom Davies lost Charlie Adam from a set piece but headed Wayne Rooney‘s cross way over.
Stoke reacted well in the snowy conditions after a slow start but then the game was turned in Everton’s favor.
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Adam lost the ball and lunged into a tackle on Wayne Rooney which saw him handed a straight red card and deservedly so as he walked straight down the tunnel without complaining.
Stoke recovered well after going down to 10-men and were tough for Everton to break down.
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In the second half Everton took the lead as Tosun was found in the box by Idrissa Gueye‘s cross as Stoke thought they had cleared the danger but Tosun pounced to hammer home. 1-0.
Just when you thought Stoke would collapse, they equalized from a set piece situation. Choupo-Moting finished to send a record home crowd wild and make it 1-1.
Yet a topsy-turvy game took another twist late on as Theo Walcott‘s cross from the right found Tosun and his diving header beat Jack Butland who should have done better. Everton’s fans in the away end were delighted.
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin was denied by Butland late on as Stoke tired but the Toffees had to settle for two goals as they took three points back to Merseyside with them.
Using the hopeful hashtag #SaintHughes, Southampton confirmed reports that Mark Hughes will be its new manager.
The ex-Stoke City and Manchester City boss will take the reigns for the final eight matches as the Saints attempt to avoid dropping into the Bottom Three.
Saints are just a point above the drop zone and have had loads of trouble scoring goals this season. A lifeless 3-0 walloping at the hands of Newcastle United was the final straw for Mauricio Pellegrino.
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Hughes was fired by Stoke City this season after four-and-a-half years, and the Potters have not recovered from a poor start. Now Hughes could be the man who helps condemn his former club in the manager’s chair of his new one.
He can experiment with his lineup on Saturday at Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarterfinals en route to a massive run-in in which Southampton faces West Ham, Arsenal, Swansea City, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Leicester City, Everton and Manchester City.
The Welsh national team legend who starred as a forward at Manchester United and Chelsea has also managed Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers, and Wales.
Pep Guardiola‘s influence on his side has been undoubted, and Manchester City’s climb towards another Premier League title seems inevitable after yet another convincing league victory.
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The Citizens picked up a 2-0 victory against Stoke City on Monday at the bet365 Stadium, bringing the Manchester side up to 81 points on the season — 16 clear of second place Manchester United with eight matches remaining.
Guardiola and Co. can wrap up the PL title with three more wins in their final eight fixtures.
It took just 10 minutes for the PL leaders to break the deadlock, when David Silva comfortably slotted home a Raheem Sterling cross.
The sequence began when Gabriel Jesus brilliantly picked out a through ball to find Sterling down the right wing.
Stoke nearly found an equalizer on 21 minutes when Shaqiri nutmegged Zinchenko, before picking out a pass to Papa Alioune Ndiaye, whose shot was deflected just wide of Ederson and the Man City goal.
Guardiola’s crew looked dangerous in the attack, as per usual, and almost had a second just minutes before halftime when Leroy Sane’s left-footed volley narrowly missed the far post.
Silva’s second came five minutes into the second half, after Jesus found the Spaniard inside the penalty area and the former handled the bouncing pass perfectly before slotting it home. 2-0.
The pressure continued from City after the second goal, with Sterling and Sane both coming close on separate sequences.
Maxim Choupo-Moting had a great chance for the hosts to pull one back in the 64th minute after a frantic moment in the box, but the attacker’s final touch was blasted well over the crossbar.
Manchester City can eclipse the 80-point mark and extend its Premier League table lead back to 18 with a win at relegation-threatened Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
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Jese and Eric Choupo-Moting will attempt to breach Man City’s back line, while it’s Gabriel Jesus leading the line for the visitors.
Stoke City: Butland; Bauer, Zouma, M. Indi, Stafylidis; Badou, Cameron, Allen; Shaqiri, Jese, Choupo-Moting. Subs: Haugaard, Johnson, Adam, Shawcross. Fletcher, Crouch, Ramadan.
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Sane, Jesus. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Stones, Gundogan, Laporte, Bernardo, Yaya Toure
- Man City beat Stoke 7-2 on Oct. 14
- Aguero misses out
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Manchester City can eclipse the 80-point mark and extend its Premier League table lead back to 18 with a win at relegation-threatened Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Man City has is unbeaten in four matches with Stoke, outscoring the Potters 15-3 in three wins.
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The latest of those was a 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium, with Gabriel Jesus scoring twice, plus goals from Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Fernandinho and Bernardo Silva.
Jesus figures to feature again, as Sergio Aguero announced he’s set for a couple weeks on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training.
Stoke is a point back of safety but carries the worst goal differential in the league, but has improved its defensive record in recent weeks. Paul Lambert‘s men have three clean sheets and just one loss — albeit with one win — in their last six.
What they’re saying
Kostas Stafylidis of Stoke on facing the leaders: “We have to fight, fight, fight for… 90 minutes, 98 minutes, or I don’t know how many. Of course it’s going to be hard, they are the best team in England, one of the best in Europe, but in the Premier League you never know.”
Man City’s Guardiola on building the team: “The club is good because now it is easy to say it is going well but it happened the same last season. That means a lot to me. In the bad moments I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future they were there. There were no doubts about that. We had doubts because we didn’t win but not doubts about what we had to do.”
Stoke’s aforementioned and improved defensive record hasn’t come against a run of world beaters, and Man City should be too much. Gabriel Jesus is unleashed with a pair of goals in a 2-0 win.