Stoke City will be happy to return home to Britannia Stadium, even if it means a date with Everton and its captain Tim Howard (watch live on NBCSN, 10am ET and online via NBC Sports Live Extra).
The Potters have lost consecutive road matches to Newcastle and Spurs — controversially — by a combined score of 8-1 and are surely pleased to play where their form has been a solid 3W-3D-0L in its last six.
Everton’s won the lion’s share of these fixtures over the course of history including a 4-0 shellacking at Goodison Park on Nov. 30. Four different Toffees scored in the affair, as Gerard Deulofeu was dynamite in pacing Everton to victory.
Everton last won at Stoke early in the 2008/09 campaign, a 3-2 decision.
Stoke City: Sorensen; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Assaidi; Crouch
Subs: Butland, Muniesa, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Arnautovic, Ireland
Everton: Howard, Baines, Mirallas, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman, Stones, Alcaraz
Subs: Robles, Hibbert, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Osman, Vellios