Stoke v Everton 19:45 Tues
After their Premier League status was secured for another season over the weekend, Stoke City will be aiming to celebrate with three points against Everton on Tuesday evening, however it is David Moyes’s Everton who are attracting all the attention, as Bet365 report free bets and plenty of support for the Toffees at long odds for victory at the Britannia tonight.
Tony Pulis’ men have never looked in any immediate danger of being dragged into a battle for survival of course, but they will take comfort from the fact that they are now mathematically assured of their status as a top flight club.
Their recent form hasn’t been great though. In fact, the Potters have only won one of their last eight games in the league. They did pick up a valuable draw at home to Arsenal last time out though, so they will be in good spirits going into this weekend.
Much has been made of the length of their season of course. Stoke have been in action since the 28th July when their Europa League campaign began and there is no doubt that this has had an effect on their recent form.
Credit must go to them for continuing to fight though and Pulis has said on more than one occasion that he is determined for his team to finish strongly. He doesn’t want their form to fade and he will therefore be after three points from their penultimate home game on Tuesday.
Everton come to the Britannia Stadium in decent form though. They may well have suffered a disappointing defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final, but it is now six Premier League games without a loss.
David Moyes’ men have also been in fine form in front of goal with four goals scored in each of their last three league games. This has a lot to do with January signing Nikica Jelavić of course with the Croatian scoring eight goals in an Everton shirt already.
The goalscoring threat he possesses, as well as the confidence he generates throughout the whole team has made a massive difference to the Toffees. You can see why they have kicked on in 2012 and you can see why they are 7th in the table, two points ahead of Liverpool.
This is where they are determined to stay for the rest of the season too. With three games remaining, they will be after nine points and their second 7th placed finish in succession.
Overall, this is a game both teams will be determined to win. They can each afford to go for the three points too and with no-one settling for a draw, it could be a lively encounter at the Britannia Stadium.