Rooney sets Premier League record after trading Man Utd for Everton

Kieran Dowell celebrates a preseason goal

I think Everton will win this game.

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

A sense of excitement in July when seven players were recruited for in excess of £100 million has been compromised by the sale of Romelu Lukaku.

Wayne Rooney returning to Everton is massive news for the club and the reception he'll receive should have Goodison shaking.

We know it's going to be challenging competing on four fronts but the manager has made some great signings, bringing in the likes of Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez, meaning the competition to make the starting XI is going to be intense.

Everton's two qualifiers were sandwiched in between four other pre-season friendlies, which concluded with a 2-2 home draw against Sevilla last weekend.

"A hard game, Stoke City is always a battle", he remarked.

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

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Wayne Rooney's return to the Everton side after 13 years at Manchester United has seen him set a new Premier League record.

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

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "You smell and feel the motivation of the players to start this Saturday".

Mark Hughes hasn't won any of his last six opening day Premier League games (D2 L4) in charge of three different clubs in that time (Fulham, QPR and Stoke).

The Toffees have scored more home Premier League goals in 2017 (30) than any other side - indeed, they have already scored five more than they managed in the entirety of 2016 (25).

United put all their eggs in a Europa League-shaped basket last season and it paid off as Mourinho led the club back into the Champions League with a 2-0 final win over Ajax.

Having said that I'm backing them to kick the season off with a win against a Stoke side I fear will struggle having lost Marko Arnautovic to West Ham.

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