Everton v Stoke: Premier League preview, line-ups & predictions

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This is a tough opening game for the Potters but, even if they make another bad start, I am never seriously anxious about Stoke - whenever I have done in the past they always start winning.

With Lukaku having seemingly been Chelsea's first choice, how the two strikers adapt to leading the line for title contenders is one of the Premier League's most enticing subplots, while Wayne Rooney's return to Goodison Park is one for the romantics.

Niasse spent the second-half of last season on loan from Everton at Hull City, scoring a spurt of goals despite the Tigers eventual relegation down to the Championship.

"They are notoriously slow starters though, and I don't see that changing".

McCarthy, who has been linked with a move away from Everton, sat out the final pre-season friendly against Sevilla on Sunday with Koeman insisting the former Wigan player wasn't fit. "If there is a club thinking we can wait until the last day and we put some money on the table and we get Ross Barkley, sorry, you do not get Ross Barkley".

The 41-cap worldwide played just 13 times for his club past year as he had an injury-interrupted campaign, while his appearances for his country last October led to a war of words between Everton and Ireland team management. The last time we won something was in 1995, so to bring some silverware back to Goodison would be right up there.

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Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane will likely make their debuts for Ronald Koeman as well.

"We need to find other ways and we need to find productivity from other players". Our preparations for the new season have gone well - we are unbeaten in six matches - and I, personally, feel good going into the opening weekend.

"First of all we have big ambitions that we like to show to everybody. There is always a turnover of players at this stage and you don't know until you start playing where you are".

And, of course, an early return to Old Trafford, where I spent 13 fantastic years playing in great teams and winning trophies in front of fans who never ever stopped supporting me, will be a odd feeling.

"Everybody is looking forward to the start of the Premier League and is ready".

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