Stoke City Premier League - 12 August 2017

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We know it's going to be challenging competing on four fronts but the manager has made some great signings, bringing in the likes of Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez, meaning the competition to make the starting XI is going to be intense.

Ronald Koeman is still targeting further additions as negotiations continue with Swansea over £50m-rated playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.

We know the Blues have designs on a top four spot - something which can not be scoffed at, especially after Leicester City showed anything is possible by winning the 2015/16 league title.

With only one defeat to Stoke in the last five meetings and an unbeaten pre-season schedule that included a 2-0 aggregate Europa League victory over MFK Ruzomberok, Everton will be likely favourites for Saturday's match.

"But of course it is hard with the big clubs".

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Romelu Lukaku can open his Manchester United account by scoring first against West Ham tomorrow at odds of 5-2.

Stoke City, on the other hand, has not had a massive transfer window.

Everton will hope to get off to a good start at home as they seek to finally qualify for the Champions League. They have had a busy summer, signing seven players. In terms of the Premier League, our first aim must be to improve on last season, when we finished seventh in the final table.

"Everybody is looking forward to the start of the Premier League and is ready".

Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are nursing groin and knee ailments respectively and are not expected back until next weekend though both have been training lightly.

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"We still have three players out on long-term injuries in Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie and Ramiro Funes Mori, but they are doing well", Koeman told the club's official website.

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

The striker looks to have the physicality and keen eye for goal to thrive in the Premier League, but does he have the right mentality?

Mark Hughes has warned his Stoke side not to get dazzled in the spotlight of the Rooney show. His last win was in 2009 as Manchester City manager.

The England striker started his senior player career with Everton before moving to Manchester United.

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The enthusiasm of early summer has given way to anxiety at Everton. They've bought in players, spent money and they are having a go though, so fair play to them. We followed Stoke in pre-season, they had a lot of games.

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