Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Sobhi Still on My Mind, Says Stoke City's Coach Lambert

Sobhi Still on My Mind, Says Stoke City's Coach Lambert

Everton fans have publicly voiced their opinions on the current Blues boss, especially following the recent Premier League defeat to Burnley, with "f*ck off Sam Allardyce" just one of a number of chants heard coming from the away supporters.

Everton have won just once away from home this season, December's victory over Newcastle United, and their dismal run predates Allardyce's tenure, stretching as far back as his predecessors Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman. They are fresh from a 2-0 win over Brighton and turn their attention to matchday 31 when they travel to Stoke on Saturday.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has called on his teammates to bring the intensity for Saturday's six-pointer against Everton.

Despite being winless in three home Premier League games (D2 L1), Stoke haven't lost back-to-back league games at the Bet365 Stadium since April 2017. It is different for Stoke, who have become draw specialists under Paul Lambert. The Scotsman has taken charge of eight games, registering one win, four draws and three defeats. However, a win has been a luxury for them this season.

The last meeting between these two sides ended 1-0 to Everton. January signing Cenk Tosun has two goals from his first six appearances in English football, but hasn't convinced yet.

Mame Biram Diouf, Lee Grant and Stephen Ireland are sidelined for the hosts, and Kevin Wimmer is a doubt.

Probability of away win: 30%.

Everton are still without the likes of Eliaquim Mangala, James McCarthy, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams and Gylfi Sigurdsson, all of who are ruled out for this game.

"All your preparation tactically and technically is fine but if the player spends a little bit of time thinking about his best performance and putting himself in the right frame of mind, then that best performance has a better chance of being delivered".

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