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Royal Blue Mersey Aug 12, 2017
Rooney thrilled to score in return to Goodison

Rooney thrilled to score in return to Goodison

What a way to come back to Everton! All the ingredients for a fairy tale were present at Goodison Park today, and lifelong Blue Wayne Rooney stepped up to take the plaudits. Marking his return to Everton after 13 years, he scored the winning goal along with an encouraging second half performance to give the Toffees all three points against Stoke City. Speaking to the media after the game, Rooney said - “Coming back to play for Everton is a big deal for me. To play my first Premier League game back here at Goodison and score the winner – it doesn’t get much better. “The early...
Liverpool Echo Aug 12, 2017
Everton verdict - Wayne Rooney provides the answer but questions for Ronald Koeman remain

Everton verdict - Wayne Rooney provides the answer but questions for Ronald Koeman remain

Phil Kirkbride reflects on the Blues 1-0 win over Stoke City
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 12, 2017
Koeman happy with the clean sheet, three points

Koeman happy with the clean sheet, three points

Manager’s comments after narrow win on opening weekend Everton got the 2017-18 Premier League season off to a positive start with a 1-0 win over Stoke City at home. Despite a disjointed performance that saw the Blues play in fits and starts for the first half, it took a tactical change at the break for an improved second half that sealed the victory. Speaking after the game, manager Ronald Koeman said - “Three points is what you want to start the season, especially at home. “We had to work hard for the win and for the clean sheet. The defensive organisation in the second half after...
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 12, 2017
Everton 1-0 Stoke City: Everton off to the perfect start as Wayne Rooney makes a dream return to Goodison Park

Everton 1-0 Stoke City: Everton off to the perfect start as Wayne Rooney makes a dream return to Goodison Park

Everton won just their second opening day fixture in the last nine years with a scrappy 1-0 win over Stoke City. Everton started off the season with a welcome three points, winning a close game 1-0 against Stoke City. The game started slowly with both teams seemingly sizing the opposition up and no one wanting to make the first move. The opening ten minutes were uneventful as both teams seemed to be shaking off the pre-season mentality The first half was one of few chances, with neither side having a genuine clear cut opening before Rooney’s goal. Everton looked off the pace and were...
Sport Mole Aug 12, 2017
Ronald Koeman:

Ronald Koeman: "We need to improve a lot"

Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits his disappointment with his side's performance despite their victory over Stoke City.
Liverpool Echo Aug 12, 2017
Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits he got team selection wrong

Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits he got team selection wrong

Blues boss relieved that Wayne Rooney spared his blushes against Stoke City
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 12, 2017
Everton 1-0 Stoke City: Rooney rescues the Blues

Everton 1-0 Stoke City: Rooney rescues the Blues

Blues take all three points at Goodison Park. In the first game of the 2017-18 season, Everton were victorious over Stoke City by a 1-0 scoreline. The Blues started the match poorly, and the tactical setup was strange at best. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was nominally the right wing back, while Leighton Baines was pushed so far forward that at times it seemed Phil Jagielka was playing left-back. Most of the buildup play was directed down Calvert-Lewin’s side, which meant that Baines and Davy Klaassen in particular had trouble getting into the flow of the match. The Dutchman was replaced by Tom...
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 12, 2017
Man of the Match and Player Grades Poll for Everton vs Stoke

Man of the Match and Player Grades Poll for Everton vs Stoke

Vote on the player performances from today’s game Everton beat Stoke City narrowly to break a four-game streak of opening day draws. The 1-0 result can be considered fortunate for the Blues who were given a run for their money by the limited visitors. The visitors had the better start in this game, controlling possession and snapping into tackles as the Blues struggled to get a foothold. the lack of options up front was quite glaring as well, with Everton more than once squandering possession after finding nowhere to go. The lopsided 3-4-3 formation Ronald Koeman put the team in had a...
Sport Mole Aug 12, 2017
Result: Wayne Rooney marks Everton comeback with winner against Stoke City

Result: Wayne Rooney marks Everton comeback with winner against Stoke City

Wayne Rooney scores the only goal of the game as Everton see off Stoke City 1-0 in their opening match of the Premier League season.
Sport Mole Aug 12, 2017
Live Commentary: Everton vs. Stoke City

Live Commentary: Everton vs. Stoke City

Sports Mole brings you live text coverage of the Premier League showdown between Everton and Stoke City.
Liverpool Echo Aug 12, 2017
Everton vs Stoke City LIVE updates from Goodison Park as Ronald Koeman's Blues get their Premier League season underway

Everton vs Stoke City LIVE updates from Goodison Park as Ronald Koeman's Blues get their Premier League season underway

Phil Kirkbride and Greg OKeeffe are at Goodison to bring you all the latest as the Blues get going for 2017/18
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 12, 2017
Everton vs Stoke City: Injury Report

Everton vs Stoke City: Injury Report

Who’s in and who’s out for today’s game? Everton are going to be light on the bench for the season opener against Stoke CIty on Saturday. Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are nursing groin and knee ailments respectively and are not expected back until next weekend though both have been training lightly. In very encouraging news for the Blues, right back Seamus Coleman is doing some intensive training work at Finch Farm after suffering a horrific double leg break just a few months ago. Nothing has been announced about his planned return, though estimates have had it as not in 2017....
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 11, 2017
Everton vs. Stoke City: Start time, lineups, TV schedule, live stream and how to watch online

Everton vs. Stoke City: Start time, lineups, TV schedule, live stream and how to watch online

The Premier League is back! Thank the old gods and the new! It’s back! The long, hot summer is over. Say goodbye to the days where you pretended to be excited about the Gold Cup and the made-up preseason tournaments. Today, it’s real football that actually matters. But this is Everton and Stoke, so there is a good chance it’s going to be absolute crap. Romelu Lukaku is gone from the Toffees. And Marko Arnautovic has left the Potters. What remains are a pair of clubs that will need to look elsewhere for their collective creative sparks. Expectations are higher than ever before on...
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 11, 2017
Everton v. Stoke City: Writer Prediction League

Everton v. Stoke City: Writer Prediction League

The RBM staff is ready to make fools of themselves once again The Premier League season is upon us, and that can mean only one thing — highly questionable predictions from your favorite bloggers. That’s right, the Royal Blue Mersey Writer Prediction League is back and better than ever! Each week, each of our writers will submit a series of predictions for each match Everton will be playing during the coming week. These will be: First player to score a goal in the match -- can be from either team (correct pick worth 1 point) The player voted as Everton man of the match in the Royal...
The Sun Aug 11, 2017

Stoke boss Mark Hughes hoping to complete £7m deal for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi before weekend

STOKE City boss Mark Hughes expects to seal a £7million permanent move for defender Bruno Martins Indi on Friday. But the deal is unlikely to be completed in time for the Dutchman to play at Everton on Saturday. Martins Indi was on loan at the bet365 Stadium last season from Porto and Hughes had cash […]
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 11, 2017
Everton vs Stoke City - Premier League Matchday 1

Everton vs Stoke City - Premier League Matchday 1

Can Everton get their league campaign off to a winning start?
Royal Blue Mersey Aug 11, 2017
Everton v. Stoke City: Projected XI

Everton v. Stoke City: Projected XI

Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of the Premier League opener. It’s finally here. The first Premier League game of the new season is nearly upon us, and Everton will face Stoke City at Goodison Park. With the arrival of the new campaign comes all the various questions about this new-look Everton side. How might Ronald Koeman set up his men tomorrow against the Potters? Let’s take a look. Tactics and Formation Expect Koeman to continue on in his preferred 4-3-3. Morgan Schneiderlin will sit deep, the full-backs will get very involved in the attack, and the...
Everton ‘close’ to Sigurdsson signing, hint at new £30m price tag for Ross Barkley

Everton ‘close’ to Sigurdsson signing, hint at new £30m price tag for Ross Barkley

Everton manager Ronald Koeman held his first pre-match press conference of the season yesterday (Thursday) ahead of their season opener against Stoke City and among the topics discussed were of course questions about their transfer activities, namely the big rumors swirling around Gylfi Sigurdsson (incoming) and Ross Barkley (outgoing). Even though Everton have had bids of £40m and £45m rejected by Swansea for Sigurdsson, Koeman thinks they are “close” to hammering out a deal while Swansea apparently want a swift resolution at this point as well. “We are close. Let’s hope we get...

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