Everton host Stoke City at the Goodison Park with both teams coming into the match in contrasting state of tune. Everton have spent big in the transfer market with the rivals of Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen for huge transfer fees. Last season, the club finished seventh in the table but were only eight points behind Manchester United. Stoke City have sold some key players after finishing 13th in the table last season. Stoke finished only 10 points above the drop zone.
Betting Tips for the game
Everton come into the match on the back of an indifferent showing in the pre-season, but the club did secure qualification to the next round of the Europa league after beating Ružomberok 2-0 on aggregate.
The departure of some key players saw Stoke City suffer embarrassing results in pre-season by losing against the likes of Sheffield United and Crewe Alexandra.
The last game between these two teams witnessed a 1-1 draw at the Britannia stadium, while Stoke City lost 1-0 in their last visit to Goodison Park. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a win for Everton.
Stoke City are given odds of 9/2 for a win, but we do not expect an away victory. Stoke City only managed four away wins last season. Even though the team has managed two wins in the last three league games at Goodison Park, Everton have strengthened the team substantially in every area of the pitch. The loss of influential players like Marko Arnautovic is a blow to the team. Our preview is confident about a win for Everton, which is provided odds of 3/4 with William Hill.
Correct Score odds
The league matches between Everton and Stoke at Goodison Park have been tight contests with just one in the last five witnessing a winning margin of more than one goal. Everton have not displayed too many goals in the pre-season, and the recent trend with the home games against Stoke City might continue. There have been three games with a 1-0 score in the last five meetings between these two teams at Goodison Park. Our correct score prediction is to go with a 1-0 win for Everton, and it is available at odds of 13/2 with Bet365.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Only two of the last five games between Stoke City and Everton have witnessed more than 2.5 goals. Stoke scored only 17 away goals last season, and the team has not really replaced Arnautovic, who scored six and created five for his teammates last season. After letting Lukaku leave and signing several players, Everton may need a couple of weeks to gel. Our total goals prediction is for less than 2.5 goals, and it is available at 4/5 with Paddy Power.
First Goalscorer odds
Wayne Rooney has an excellent record against Stoke City after scoring five goals in 12 league appearances. He has scored twice in his last three games against Stoke City. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Rooney at 5/1 with Paddy Power.