Predicted line up versus Stoke City

Wayne Rooney Everton striker says 'it doesn't get much better' after scoring winner over Stoke

Wayne Rooney celebrates his winning goal

And - against a Stoke side that are historically bad starters - a home win looks a good bet for Rooney and Ronald Koeman's men.

Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman are long-term absentees while James McCarthy and Aaron Lennon are not yet match fit.

After Diego Costa fell out of Antonio Conte's plans, the champions paid Real Madrid a reported £70million to sign Alvaro Morata, while United parted with £75million to buy Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

It's been a busy summer at Everton so far with business including bringing back Rooney from Manchester United and landing Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen.

Everton manager Koeman believes Barkley will leave Goodison Park this summer but insists the club will not be hostage to a deliberately late, undervalued offer for the midfielder. We must all concentrate on getting a good league run going and achieving some consistency in the Premier League.

Before all that though, the Toffees at least get to start the league season at Goodison Park, versus Stoke City.

The Toffees' highest profile signing was Wayne Rooney, who grew up an Everton fan and started his professional career with the club.

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Jamie Vardy then struck twice either side of Welbeck's equaliser as the Foxes looked set for a first league win over Arsenal since 1983.


The last duel between these two teams came back in February when veteran striker Peter Crouch netted his 100th Premier League goal.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "Everyone is fed up of friendlies, and we just all want the season to start now".

Stoke are embarking on their 10th consecutive Premier League season.

With the benefit of Europa League football in their legs already, expect them to be flying today.

Stoke, who won their last away Premier League game on the final day of last season at Southampton, haven't recorded back to back away league wins since October 2015. We followed Stoke in pre-season, they had a lot of games.

That move, honed in pre-season, almost paid dividends as Everton new boy Pickford had to tip his early cross around the post, with former Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen then having attempts blocked as the hosts stuttered.

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