FT: Stoke City 1 Everton 1

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FULL-TIME: In a bruising battle, Stoke have held Everton to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium. Ryan Shawcross' own goal gave Everton the lead. Kenwyne Jones levelled in the second half following Shawcross' aimless ball. Marouane Fellaini was lucky to stay on the field after headbutting the defender. Both teams eventually settled for a point apiece.

No way through for Osman, but Steven Pienaar goes on a slalom run before getting too excited and sends his right-foot shot wide of the mark.

Three added minutes of stoppage time as Fellaini pushes Shawcross to the ground. Some may have deemed that to be a punch!

Are we going to have a late winner? Everton come forward and Coleman's cross is slammed away by Wilkinson.

There hasn't been much flow to the game and Mark Halsey has done a decent job apart from failing to spot Fellaini's headbutt on Shawcross. The poor ref has had a lot to handle with so much going on!

Seamus Coleman dinks the ball inot the box, but Stoke clear and Jonathan Walters waits for support. However, the move eventually breaks down.

Huth deals with Fellaini and now Shawcross slams the ball out for a throw.

SUBSTITUTION: Andy Wilkinson is replaced by Michael Kightly as Stoke eventually make their final change.

Michael Kightly looks to be coming on for Stoke, but Pulis has told the player to put his coat back on.

Nikica Jelavic goes to ground in the box as players shuffle around looking for space. Stoke eventually clear the corner and the ball back in by Gibson drifts wide.

Glenn Whelan brings down Steven Pienaar for a free-kick to Everton, but Shawcross heads behind for a corner.

CHANCES STOKE!! Cameron Jerome's shot is clokced by the legs of Tim Howard and Peter Crouch's attempted lob from the follow up is headed away, but you feel he should have done better with the goalkeeper off his line.

Crouch has not scored for nine games for Stoke. He'll join Cameron Jerome in attack.

SUBSTITUTION: Peter Crouch replaces goalscorer Kenwyne Jones.

Cameron Jerome slices his left-foot curler over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Matt Clark is an angry Stoke fan: "What's going in there, the ref is aways against us, that should have been sent off, pff!!!!"

The FA will Phil and Halsey really has to have eyes at the abck of his head this afternoon as Jelavic hacks down Huth from behind.

Philip John Humphris emails in saying: "Hi Raz. Think Mark Halsey was very lenient regarding the butting on Shawcross."

SUBSTITUTION: Stoke respond to the Everton change as Cameron Jerome comes on for Charlie Adam.

YELLOW CARD: Asmir Begovic is booked for having a chip away at referee Halsey.

Ben Searle ‏Tweets: "Poor decision by the Ref Shotton sent off for nothing last week, how did Fellaini should have a RED - unfair reffing?"

SUBSTITUTION: Youngster Ross Barkley comes onto the field for Everton as Steven Naismith comes off.

Shawcross has been in the thick of the action today and replays show that Jelavic did have a look at the defender before going in with his challenge.

Nikica Jelavic is penalised for a late challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Referee Mark Halsey calls the players together for a word.

The Stoke fans order Leighton Baines to go back to take his throw and huge cheers go up as he does eventually.

At the moment, Stoke are the team in charge and they come forward down the left but Everton are still pressing high. Kenwyne Jones' pass is loose.

James Auld þTweets: "Would take a draw at the Brittania never an easy place to come, but still hoping for a Jelavic winner COYB."

Both these sides have drawn half their games in the Premier League, so maybe it's no surprise they're drawing this one.

Danny Rising Tweets: "How many times today have you said 'Stoke lump the ball forward'?" Danny, they do love lumping it into the box!!

By the way, Everton could have gone ahead during that incident, even with Shawcross down in the box. Nikica Jelavic met the ball at the far post, but Asmir Begovic was quickly down to make the save.

LUCKY LUCKY BOY!! Bushy-haired Marouane Fellaini should have been shown a straight red card for a clear headbutt on defender Ryan Shawcross from an Everton corner. How did referee Mark Halsey not see that!

Wow! Almost a second own goal in this game as Steven Pienaar's inswinger is touched over the crossbar by goalscorer Kenwyne Jones who is in the thick of the action at the moment.

CHANCE!! Kenwyne Jones gets on the outside of Baines and although he rides the challenge of Howard, he then knees the ball against the near post. How did that one stay out?

The Toffes have been stung by that Stoke goal at the start of this half, but on the balance of the play, the hosts deserved it.

Ryan Shawcross lumps a long-ball forward and Jones climbs to above Phil Jagielka to meet the ball with a mighty header past Tim Howard, who seemed lost by the flight off the ball. That's the Trinidadian's first Premier League goal since the opening day of last season!


Andy Wilkinson wraps his foot around the ball from the right, but Everton clear. This is very encouraging stuff from Pulis' men early in this second half.

This is much more like it from Stoke, who have won their last three home games.

CHANCE!! The Potters pile forward from the free-kick but Charlie Adam's volley is kept out by Tim Howard and the Scotsman cannot reach the rebound.

Danny Rising Tweets: "4-0? What's Paul West on? Having said that, I'd love it if he was right. I still think 2-1 Everton though."

This is a Stoke side that never give in and Tony Pulis would surely have had some firm words to say to his players at the break.

Everton have only kept two clean sheets this season as they get the second half underway.

Paul West is back in touch and he says: "As i said before Raz, Everton are too good for Stoke, more goals to follow, still think it will be 4-0. Enjoy the second half as i am sure all Evertonians will!!!!"

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Stoke City are now 12/1 to claim victory with our friends at @Skybet, who make Everton 1/3 and the draw 3/1. Stoke are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games at home, while the Toffees have drawn eight of their last 12 away games. I went for a 1-1 draw, which was priced at a steady 5/1 before the game. Those odds have tightened to 7/2. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

HALF-TIME: Stoke's 14 Premier League game unbeaten run is under real threat after an unfortunate own goal from Ryan Shawcross. The defender flicked Steven Pienaar's cross into his own net after 36 minutes. Everton are looked comfortable in poessesion and deserve to be ahead at the Britannia Stadium.

Seamus Coleman fails to read Marouane Fellaini ball and that's it.

Baines takes it, but Asmir Begovic claims it easily. This has been a comfortable half for Everton and Tony Pulis will need to fire his side up at the break. We've got a minimum of two added minutes at the end of this half.

Charlie Adam goes through the back off Leighton Baines for an easy free-kick.

Ryan Shawcross lumps the ball forward but it's easy for Tim Howard as Jonathan Walters wins the ball back.

Kenwyne Jones flicks the ball on, but Ryan Shawcross is unable to connect.

The Potters are eager for an immediate reponse before the break.

That goal was only the third Stoke have conceded at the Britannia Stadium this season.

AWFUL MISS!! A glaring miss by Leon Osman, who had all the time in the world to pick his spot from about ten yards after excellent build-up play from the visitors once again.

Steven Pienaar's drifts his cross from the left into the area and the ball is flicked into his own net by the unfortunate Shawcross. There was nothing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could have done!


Now Etherington's curler from the left is palmed away rather dramatically by Tim Howard.

There's a smile on the face of Mark Halsey after he deflected a long drive wide of the Everton goal.

OFF THE LINE!! Brilliant clearance off the line by Ryan Shawcross after Steven Naismith though he had scored with a sweet lob from around eight yards.

CHANCE STOKE!! The inswinger is headed back across goal by Jonathan Walters but Steven Nzonzi can only direct his effort straight at Tim Howard, who is standing in the right position.

It's a Stoke corner after the free-kick is flicked behind by an Everton player.

Sylvain Distin heads Charlie Adam's cross from the right and here comes another Stoke throw, although they don't fling it in long these days.

Only Chelsea, Manchester United and Norwich have had the better of Stoke this season as Andy Wilkinson holds off Steven Pienaar with a firm arm.

Good high line by Everton who are pressurising Stoke into launching the ball long.

Stoke have to start again as Glenn Whelan looks long for Kenwyne Jones but Phil Jagielka has got him firmly in his pocket so far this afternoon.

Tim Howard hammers the ball downfield and now Stoke win a throw deep in Everton territory.

Andy Wilkinson lumps a high ball into the box, but Kenwyne Jones cannot generate enough power to direct it on goal.

Moments later, Jonathan Walters' ball is headed behind for a corner by Phil Jagielka.

Leon Osman clears after Steven Nzonzi delivers from the right.

At the other end Charlie Adam shows his frustration by bringing down Phil Jagielka.

Leon Osman rides the challenges before Asmir Begovic claims the ball into the box.

Andy Wilkinson robs Steven Pienaar which allows Kenwyne Jones to race away before he lashes his left-footer high and wide. The striker hasn't scored since the beginning of last season and now we know why!

Everton have controlled the play well so far, while Stoke have struggled to cope with the visitors midfielders running beyond their backline.

Now Matty Etherington fires his left-foot daisy cutter wide of the far post.

Andy Wilkinson hacks down Steven Pienaar for an obvious free-kick on halfway.

The Merseysiders keep the ball alive from the corner but Marouane Fellaini's attempted flick is cleared.

Leon Osman finds Leighton Baines before Andy Wilkinson gets a touch on the ball to concede a corner.

Replays show that the ball did hit his arm! At the other end Tim Howard claims the ball despite being fouled by Jonathan Walters.

A lively start to this game as Steven Pienaar's shot is blocked by Glenn Whelan and there are appeals by the visiting fans for a penalty, but nothing is given.

CHANCE EVERTON!! Wonderful football by the Toffees this time as Seamus Coleman's pull-back is struck towards goal by Nikica Jelavic, but Ryan Shawcross makes the all important block.

Tim Howard's kick goes back in the direction of Asmir Begovic and we've got a bit of a long ball game going on.

Stoke are unbeaten at home since last February as Everton keep a bit of possession.

Now Kenwyne Jones is frustrated after claiming Sylvain Distin was all over the back of him.

Walters' cross into the box is a cracker, but there is nobody within six yards of the ball.

Everton have lost twice away - at West brom and Reading this season. This is sure to be tough encounter today and having watched Stoke at Villa last week, it should be an intriguing contest.

Tony Pulis has come to the sidelines shaking his head at that decision by Halsey. The Potters boss wants to have a few words I feel!

Halsey points for a goal-kick to the visitors despite replays showing the ball had clearly come off Phil Jagielka's head for what should have been a corner.

Not much of an atmosphere at the start of this match, but there are groans as Seamus Coleman brings down Matthew Etherington.

The home side get the game underway then after a false start. referee Mark Halsey waves his arms about with a smile on his face. Good to see him back in black after recovering from cancer.

Stoke are wearing their tradional red and white vertically striped shirts, while Everton are in all blue.

The teams are out and we're minutes away from kick-off at a packed Britannia Stadium. The pitch is in fine condition and the weather is breezy and cold in the Potteries.

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Paul West says: "Everton 4-0. No problems today. Better than Stoke in every department. We are quality!"

Our friends Stewart MacLaren from a bright and breezy Torrevieja in Spain say: "Everton will beat Stoke City 2-1 at The Britannia Stadium this afternoon with goals from Leighton Baines and Nikica Jelavic."

Glyn Goold is hopeful of a Stoke cricket score: "Stoke to win 6-0! Spurs and WBA lose tomorrow. Stoke go 4th! It's good to dream but realistically I reckon Stoke will play for a draw today 1-1."

Chris Capper in Maidenhead says: "Two in form teams, I see Everton getting the first goal which will open up Stoke as they try to get a goal back resulting in a thrilling 3-1 win for the Blues!!"

Edd Irwin from sunny Durban (30 degrees) says: "Stoke are playing well at the moment and the crowd must get behind them today as it's going to be a hard game. I'm going for a 1-0 win for the Potters with Walters scoring the only goal."

Stein Bergen in Norway says: "Well, this match has a draw written all over it in advance, but I still have a good feeling that The Mighty Potters might even be able to grab all 3 pts. this afternoon. Our defence is surely one of the best in the PL and remember we have so far in the season only conceded 2 goals at home. The atmosphere is going to be quite electric, and my prediction is a 2-1 win to Stoke."

Stoke City are 11/5 to claim victory with our friends at @Skybet, who make Everton 13/10 and the draw 11/5. Punters are piling into Everton. The Toffees are 13/10 to follow up from their midweek win over Spurs with another three points. Marouane Fellani has scored five goals in his last seven games for Everton on the road and unsurprisingly he's being well backed at 7/4 to score anytime 6/1 first. With the draw offering little appeal at 11/5 Stoke, who are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium, can be backed at 11/5 to extend their excellent home form. I'm hedging my bets and going for a draw today - 1-1, which is priced at a steady 5/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

STOKE TEAM NEWS: Tony Pulis makes two changes to his starting line-up. The adjustments from last weekend's 0-0 draw at Aston Villa saw full-back Ryan Shotton, suspended after being sent off in that game, replaced by Andy Wilkinson and midfielder Charlie Adam - available again having completed a ban of his own - comes in for Dean Whitehead, who drops to the bench. Potters striker Peter Crouch, yet to return to the first XI since losing some teeth in a collision in the win over Newcastle on November 28, is named as a substitute for the second successive match with Kenwyne Jones continuing up front.

EVERTON TEAM NEWS: Manager David Moyes gives Steven Naismith the nod after the injury to Kevin Mirallas in the only alteration from their 2-1 victory over Tottenham. Goalkeeper Tim Howard is playing his 200th consecutive Premier League game. He becomes only the second player (after Brad Friedel) to reach that landmark.

STOKE CITY: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington, Adam, Jones.

SUBSTITUTES: Sorensen, Palacios, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Crouch, Jerome.

EVERTON: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Naismith, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic.

SUBSTITUTES: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Barkley, Vellios, Duffy.

REFEREE: Mark Halsey (Lancashire) - Matches 8, R2 Y17.

Here come the teams...

Shaun Standing on Twitter says: "Quite easy see this will be a draw on paper but think Everton will take this 3-1. COYB!"

James in Northampton is also going for a home win. He says: "Everton are a really good side but given our brilliant home record I'm backing stoke to edge it with a win. Charlie Adam and Steven N'Zonzi to score his first stoke goal. Stoke 2 Everton 1."

Richard Vigrass says: "Raz, I'm going for a Stoke win today. Hope the crowd get behind the boys !!!! Goarnnnnnnn Stoke. 2-1 to the Potters."

Stokie Phil in sunny Spain is first to write in today and he says: "Hi Raz. Should be a very entertaining game today 2 sides who are in good form and both hard to beat. Would like to see Stoke win but think it could be a scoring draw. I will go 2-2!"

Stoke could conceivably move up to sixth position in the Premier League with a convincing win at home today while Everton could move level on 29 points with third-placed Chelsea with three points at fortress Britannia. Makes for a very interesting match-up doesn't it!

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Stoke are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium (W7 D7 L0), their best such run in the top-flight since November 1974 (23 games unbeaten) while Everton's top-four aspirations gained creditability when they dramatically defeated Tottenham to end a four-match winless run. They're riding high in fourth in the top flight after losing just one of their last 11 league games as they push for a place in next season's Champions League. This game has all the ingredients of a real cracker this afternoon.

Everton are set to be without forward Kevin Mirallas (hamstring) and defender Tony Hibbert (calf) for "a few weeks" according to manager David Moyes. Hibbert is expected to undergo surgery early next week. The Scot said: "We've got a few niggles and knocks like everybody else, the odd one or two here, but I think it's going to be like that around this time of year. You can pick up an injury in training nowadays and the players are right in the middle of the cold weather in training." And on strengthening his side in January, Moyes added: "I'd like to (strengthen), but we know I've got a very small amount I could do anything with and I don't think it will probably be enough to make a difference in what we would want to bring in."

In terms of Stoke team news Ryan Shotton is serving a one-match ban after being dismissed in the 90th minute of last Saturday's goalless draw at Aston Villa, so manager Tony Pulis must decide between Andy Wilkinson, Dean Whitehead or Matthew Upson as his replacement today. Charlie Adam should return after serving his own one-game suspension, but there is still no room for Michael Owen as the striker remains short of fitness following recent groin and hamstring niggles. Pulis said: "Last Saturday was a bit disappointing, but we have been creating chances in other games and we just have to start taking them. But this is most probably our biggest game of the season so far and we will need our supporters to get right behind us again. Everton are an experienced Premier League side with real quality and who are now fourth in the table. So we will need our fans, that 12th man, to make the Britannia rock and roll on Saturday."

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