Sam Allardyce: 'Cenk Tosun was the difference'

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Cenk Tosun then scored a brace for the visitors, the second an 84th-minute victor after Stoke substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had cancelled out his opener, to leave Lambert's side three points adrift of safety with seven fixtures remaining.

Everton's January arrival Cenk Tosun will be looking to make it three goals in three games this Saturday as the Toffees make the trip to Stoke to take on Paul Lambert's struggling side.

"Sliding in like that, they see it as reckless". Under Paul Lambert, the Potters have shored up their defence and have become hard to beat.

Persistence paid off for the Toffees as the Seagulls eventually caved in to give the home side a valuable win which lifted them to near-safety. He'll be suspended for the next three matches against Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham.

Everton have lost each of their last five Premier League away games; they've not lost six in a row since October 1994 (a run of eight). Despite being 19th in the table, the Potters are only 1 point behind 17th-placed Southampton, however, the gap to mid-table is stretching. We have seven games and we want to win a lot of these.

The Scotland worldwide, brought back into the side today as one of five changes from last time out, came out second best in a 50-50 with Rooney and was sent off for what referee Martin Atkinson perceived to be reckless play.

Everton are undefeated in their last four league meetings with Stoke.

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The 21-year-old played the last two minutes in his side's 2-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Monday.

Lambert is unable to call upon Stephen Ireland due to the midfielder's continued recovery from a broken leg, while Lee Grant is also sidelined with a wrist problem.

As it stands, along with the injured Sigurdsson, Allardyce will be without Ashley Williams, Idris Gueye, Morgan Schneiderlin and Theo Walcott.

Stoke, meanwhile, weren't much better, although they managed to test Jordan Pickford with a couple of efforts from distance, one from Peter Crouch that the 'keeper spilled before gathering at the second attempt. An away win is available at 11/5 odds at Unibet. Everton are [2.22] in the Draw No Bet market.

I would bring Idrissa back (assuming he's not still unwell) for this one to provide extra defensive solidity.

"Xherdan Shaqiri has done well for us but he needs a little bit of help as well".

Stoke had strikers Crouch, Berahino and Jese on the pitch in a desperate attempt to grab a victor and there was a warning sign they were susceptible at the other end when Theo Walcott almost finished from Tosun's pass. This bet is available at the best odds of 8/11 at BetVictor.

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