Everton to pay release clause of Aston Villa midfielder, Stoke star to reject Toffees

Everton are keen to improve on their last two seasons, in which they finished 11th. The Toffees have a new coach in Ronald Koeman and are eager to return to the Premier League’s top five. The club has been linked with a number of players this summer, while some of their biggest starts have been linked with a move away from Goodison Park. Just think about Romelu Lukaku and John Stones. It’s been obvious that Everton are looking to add more quality to their midfield. Zenit’s Axel Witsel was apparently close to…

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Premier League Season Review – Stoke City

Stoke City: 9th FA Cup: Round Four Capital One Cup: Semi-finals Since appointing Mark Hughes as their manager in the summer of 2013, Stoke cannot be faulted for their consistency, as they have finished in ninth place for three successive years with a similar number of points. The only concern about this is the lack of further progress, which has not arrived despite pulling off a number of high-profile signings and putting together a squad with excellent strength in depth. Finishing three points worse off than in 2014-15, this season was…

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Man City vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to re-cement their place in the top four of the Premier League by beating mid-table Stoke City, whose season is in severe danger of fizzling out as a result of their poor form. There will clearly be an emphasis from Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini on his side’s upcoming Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, but domestic football still ought to be high on his list of priorities as a place in Europe’s premier competition for next season is still far from assured. They have…

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Stoke vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be after their third consecutive victory when they face a struggling Newcastle United side that has won just two away games all season. The home side are currently lying in eighth place in the Premier League and heading for another sound finish under Mark Hughes, and they managed it despite only playing at a level somewhere close to their best in fits and starts this season, which underlines the quality waiting to be unleashed at the Britannia Stadium. A case in point came on Saturday, where they…

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Everton vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

In a buoyant mood following their last-gasp Boxing Day victory, Everton will be after their first win in three home matches as they entertain a Stoke City side who are behind them only on goal difference. Were it not for Tom Cleverley’s first goal for the club with the last meaningful touch of the game, it would have been an immensely frustrating afternoon for Everton at Newcastle United. It was another away match where they asserted their authority from the start and played some swift, incisive passing football, but again…

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West Ham vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be looking to carry on from where they left off last weekend when they head to West Ham United, who have not won in their last five Premier League matches. The home side put in their strongest performance for some weeks in their most recent outing at Manchester United, coming close to winning it after creating the better chances, but eventually having to settle to what was still a highly commendable goalless draw. With Diafra Sakho out, Andy Carroll played as the lone striker and put himself…

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Swansea vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to win for the first time in five Premier League games on Monday evening when they come up against Stoke City, who are after their third successive three-point haul. After a run of games where they had performed well below par and failed to find the back of the net, the draw at home to Tottenham before the international break was an improvement as far as Swansea were concerned, as they played with more fluency going forward and saw summer signing Andre Ayew get back among…

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Aston Villa vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be determined to escape the bottom three and pick up their first Premier League win since opening weekend when they take on a Stoke City side that is keen to kick on after opening their account for victories last time out. Tim Sherwood seemed resigned to another battle against relegation after Villa came up short at Liverpool in what was their fifth defeat in six league outings. His new-look, youthful squad have shown themselves capable of playing some very attractive football this term, but more often than…

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