Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Phil Neville predicts Everton vs Stoke City outcome

Phil Neville predicts Everton vs Stoke City outcome

The 31-year-old left Manchester United for boyhood club Everton this summer, and he's taken no time to reward Toffees manager Ronald Koeman for believing in his ability after a disappointing farewell to Old Trafford last season.

As Koeman himself confirmed during his press conference on Thursday, Wayne Rooney will start.

In truth, we'll probably have a decent idea of how realistic this ambition is, by the end of September.

Koeman said that the Ireland midfielder had made a return to training but that Saturday's season opener against Stoke would be too soon for him and fellow midfielder Ross Barkley, who misses out with a groin injury. You need to defend well but with that you need a good goalkeeper.

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

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.

The Everton boss, however, expects the same test from the Potters as whenever they have met before since he arrived in the Premier League.

"We can improve and spend money but everyone can improve and is spending money".

"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any".

"A lot of cleverness on the pitch and a great goal and a great header".

"We are disappointed about the result clearly because we wanted to get off to a winning start if we could but the key from our point of view, it was the level of performance we are looking to produce so I was reasonably pleased with that", he told Sky Sports. You know in the Premier League that if you think you have an easy start then they will make you pay.

Only this summer, Wayne Rooney has returned to the Goodison Park, and former Barcelona forward Sandro Ramirez from Malaga also.

"They had changes in the team and they lost (Marko) Arnautovic, they brought some new players in ... but Stoke City is always a battle, always a battle home, away".

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