Our match prediction:
After showing a great deal of promise in the first part of the season, Stoke City are going through a very rought patch at the moment, and no wonder Mark Hughes was desperate to make a big name signing in January, with Gianelli Imbula joining in club-record deal and costing more than the entire Britannia Stadium. However, the Potters will need more players to chip in if they are to end a barren run of results against Everton that saw them lose three of last five, scoring just one goal in the process. The Toffees have finally ended a poor streak of their own, having hammered Newcastle United in midweek, while also securing progress intothe FA Cup fifth round. Winning at Britannia, or Imbula Stadium as they now call it, for the first time since 2008 will be no easy task, and we predict that the two sides will cancel each other out in what should be a dull affair in Stoke-on-Trent.
Highligted Player (Baines):
Leighton Baines is an English football player born on 11th of December 1984 in Liverpool. Baines started in the youth of Wigan Athletic before making his debut for the first team in season 2002/2003. In season 2007/2008 Baines made the transfer to Everton where he is playing almost 10 seasons already. Leighton Baines made his debut for the English national team in 2010 and played in the EURO 2012 and World Cup of 2014.Baines is a left-winger defender that can play in the midfield as well. He is known for his rushes and attacking skills which resulted in a high amount of goals for a defender. Baines was part of the Everton team that played in the FA Cup final in 2009 where the team lost against Chelsea 2-1. Baines didn’t win any prizes on the highest level in England but became champion in the second division with Wigan Athletic in 2002/2003. Baines is an experienced and confident player which is the vice capitain of Everton as well.
Highlighted Team (Stoke City):
Stoke City FC (named Stoke FC until 1925) is an Enlgish football club from the city Stoke-on-Trent (located in the north of England). De club was founded in the year 1863 and next to Notts County FC the club from Stoke is the oldest professional football club worldwide. Different signs of Stoke City show that the club is foundedin1868. Currently Stoke City is playing in the Premier League. The home games of Stoke City are hosted in the Britania Stadium which holds a capacity for 29 000 spectators. The most known nickname of Stoke City FC is the Potters. The main club colors of the club are red and white. The away it is colored in blue. The only 3 prizes Stoke City managed to win so far are the League Cup in 1972 and the Football League Trophy twice (1992 and 2000). Famous players that played for Stoke City FC are: Ameobi, Gudjonhsen and Peter Crouch.