Everton will be hoping to maintain their recent good form when they travel to the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday evening to take on Stoke City.
Unbeaten in the Premier League since their 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Liverpool on December 19, the Toffees will be looking to rack up a fourth consecutive win.
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Despite being available for the encounter following Senegal’s elimination from the African Cup of Nations last Saturday, influential midfielder Idrissa Gueye will not play a part against the Potters and is likely to return to action in this weekend’s clash with Bournemouth, the club’s official website confirms.
During his pre-match press conference, manager Ronald Koeman said that Morgan Schneiderlin could make his first start for Everton since his £20 million transfer from Manchester United earlier last month.
“It’s possible Morgan could start because he’s training and he’s in good condition”, the Dutchman commented.
“After the Manchester City game I chose not to make changes because everybody did a great job. But it’s possible I might change one or two positions (for Stoke).”
It could also be a landmark occasion for right-back Seamus Coleman, who is set to make his 200th Premier League appearances for the Toffees.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Republic of Ireland international spoke of his pride at reaching such a milestone.
“I didn’t think I would have seen that many games”, Coleman said.
“Please God, if selected, it will be my 200th Premier League game which is a great honour considering I started late. It’s a big deal.”
The 28-year-old, who scored a late winner in Everton’s last match, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, has been a key member of the defence that has kept three consecutive clean sheets, helping protect goalkeeper Joel Robles, who will once again start in goal on Wednesday ahead of Maarten Stekelenburg.
They are likely to be tested by Stoke’s new arrival Saido Berahino, who joined in an initial £10 million transfer from West Bromwich Albion.
The 23-year-old forward is unlikely to last the entire 90 minutes but will be looking to make up for lost time, having last featured in a competitive match in September.