Rooney grabs victor on Everton homecoming


Everton took four out of a possible six points last season - including a 1-0 win at home - although we know better than to use this as an indicator for Saturday's game. Kick-off time is scheduled at 3 PM UK time.

Everton had earlier struggled for fluidity as Ronald Koeman fielded five new signings from the outset, with Jordan Pickford comfortable in claiming a clean sheet.

Koeaman has recently relegated Niasse to Everton's under-23 squad as they continue to invite bids for the 27-year-old.

Ross Barkley (groin), Seamus Coleman (broken leg) and Ramiro Funes Mori (undisclosed) are all sidelined.

The young striker swung in a ideal cross that found Rooney in a surprising amount of his space and the veteran used all his experience to send the ball back across the 'keeper to send Everton into the dressing room a goal to the good.

"Everybody is looking forward to the start of the Premier League and is ready". They lost Marko Arnautovic, however, so they might miss the Austrian playmaker.

Mark Hughes's side welcomed Bojan Krkic back following his loan spell in Germany and it was he who drifted a cross-cum-shot over the bar late in the first half as Stoke briefly threatened.

The Potters have won away from home just twice in 2017. That record should not inspire a lot of confidence heading into this fixture, especially if we consider that Everton have improved vastly compared to last season.

Stoke have been steady in the market and have remained in a stable position.

Rooney's move back to his boyhood club, after 13 successful years at Manchester United, divided opinion between those who viewed it as a welcome romantic return and those who felt he was not the right player for Koeman's new-look side.

However, other teams have also gone on a recruitment drive over the past two months and look to add a few more before the summer transfer window closes on Aug 31 in hopes of strengthening their final league standing by May next year.