STATS: Baines’ crossing for Everton vs Etherington’s dribbling for Stoke

Everton v Stoke 17:30

 

– A brilliant all-round Everton performance saw them record a 2-0 victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at Goodison Park.

 

– Left-back Leighton Baines has remained superb this season for David Moyes’ side in both defence and attack. Not only has he managed to rack up 156 defensive contributions, he’s also now whipped in 106 crosses.

 

– Eeverton will miss the guile and technique of Steven Pienaar following his sending off against Man City. The South African has completed more passes in the opponent’s half than any of his team mates with 801, averaging out at a pass every 3.2 minutes according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

 

– Moyes will be looking for more of his players to help Marouane Fellaini’s efforts in front of goal, given that the Belgian still leads the Everton squad for shot accuracy, with 66.6% testing the goalkeeper so far this season.

 

Stoke battled to a somewhat lackluster 0-0 draw with West Brom at the Britannia, a result which saw them move into the top half of the Premier League.

 

– No Stoke player has been more willing to throw their body on the line than Ryan Shawcross this season, the centre-half racking up 35 blocks according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, a squad-high.

 

– Imposing French midfielder Steven Nzonzi has let his temper get the better of him at times this season but his ability to influence a game from the centre of the park cannot be questioned. He’s completed a pass in the opposition half on average once every 5.2 minutes he’s been on the field, the lowest in the Potters’ squad.

 

– Look for Matthew Etherington to test out the Everton defence this weekend, he leads the Stoke squad for dribbles with 15.