Reasons for betting on Everton vs Stoke City tip
Everton has high hopes for this season. The Toffees sold Romelu Lukaku, but after that, several big names arrived at Goodison Park. They feel that this campaign could bring some trophies to Liverpool. Stoke, meanwhile, had a frequent transfer window, and many players came and left the club and we are about to see whether Mark Hughes managed to create a chemistry on the field. Their goal in this season is to be in the middle of the standings, waiting for some opportunity to reach European competitions, trough Cup games.
The Toffees performed strongly during the preseason. They are currently on a 6 game streak without losing, and from game to game, it seems that they are improving. In 5 of the 6 games played, Everton kept the net intact or have conceded only one goal. Ronald Koeman prefers to protect his own goal first and then to attack. But we have to say that the offensive part of the team is very efficient when using the chances during the match. It is interesting that in the previous 6 events, Everton was the team who scored the opening goal.
Mark Hughes’ boys were very inconsistent during the preseason. They had 3 victories and four defeats. However, we do have a pattern which might show us something characteristic for this team. The Potter’s have finished 6 of their 7 games with over 2.5 goals. Also, in the same number of matches, we have seen both teams to score. Unlike their opponents in this event, Stoke City has allowed the first goal in the recent 5 encounters, and afterward, they were trying to cut that deficit. What concerns their fans is the fact that occasionally they have some blackouts in the defensive line. On 3 occasions they have allowed 3 or more goals in their net.
Head to head matches
In the previous 6 clashes between Everton and Stoke City, the club from Liverpool has a slightly better record. The Toffees have 3 wins and on the other hand, Stoke City 2. In previous three meetings, Everton did not lose, and they have 2 victories and a draw. 6 of the last 8 meetings have seen under 2.5 goals.
Ronald Koeman and Mark Hughes met 7 times in their respective careers. So far the Dutch manager has 4 victories, Hughes 2, and one game ended without a winner.
Prediction for Everton vs Stoke City tip
Everton has an efficient attack; meanwhile, Stoke City has problems with defense. From this sentence, you can conclude what have we prepared for you, regarding this encounter. Everton to score over 1.5 goals is something that we think is inevitable in this match. We really cannot see in which way the Potters can protect their net against Rooney, Bolasie, Classen and the boys.
The second pick would be Everton to win. The Toffees will do anything in order to secure the victory at Goodison Park in the opening match of the season.