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Phil Neville predicts Everton vs Stoke City outcome

Phil Neville predicts Everton vs Stoke City outcome

Wayne Rooney makes his first Premier League start for Everton in 13 years as they welcome Stoke City to Goodison Park this afternoon.

The forward started tenaciously and could have found himself in the book for a late tackle on former United team-mate Darren Fletcher, but Rooney's desire to track back and help his side defensively also proved invaluable against a direct Stoke threat.

"We had periods of good control in the game without ever really having those clear cut chances that you need, albeit at the end, Pickford made an outstanding save to protect the result for Everton". Everton have been busy too, bringing in Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaasen.

"If you look to the team this Saturday and the bench you cannot compare it to the big six".

For me personally, to win a trophy at the club I've grown up supporting would be great. The Blues started the match poorly, and the tactical setup was odd at best. The early games in the season are always tough because you are always finding your rhythm in games.

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Koeman knows Everton can do "much better" and expects his new-look side to become a more cohesive unit as the season progresses, pointing to the string of big-name players out through injury. Because you are training hard before and after the games, you never really feel match sharp.

"First of all we have big ambitions that we like to show to everybody".

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 unusual feeling.

Everton have their sights set on a potential UEFA Champions League berth this season, while Stoke City will be among the teams that will try to avoid relegation and maybe surprise with a Top 10 finish.

If we can do that then we'll see where we are at Christmas time and reassess our goals.


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