Everton v Stoke City Odds : Punters like the look of David Moyes side for straight forward home win

Its Everton v Stoke from the Premiership with Paddy Power releasing the latest odds and free bets on the football, as the popular Dublin firm report they are expecting a straight forward home win for the Toffees.

The evening kick-off in the Premier League this weekend sees Stoke City make the journey to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

The Toffees are still six points away from the top four, but do have a game-in-hand over Tottenham Hotspur, so a victory here would keep them in contention, whereas the Potters are on 34 points and probably need just one more win to secure their top flight status.

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Looking at Everton to begin with, the international break might have come at the wrong time for them as they beat Manchester City last time out, so confidence would have been sky high momentum would have been dented somewhat after a two weeks without a match.

However, David Moyes’ men should still be in good spirits and if at their best, they are sure to come out on top this weekend. At the moment, you can back the home side at 4/7.

Everton fans will be disappointed that the club are going to go another year without delivering any silverware, but if they can sneak into the top four, the season would be classed as an extremely successful one.

It is going to be tough, but the Merseysiders have a strong enough squad go on a superb run in their final nine matches of the season.

It is games at home to teams similar to Stoke where they have struggled to take the spoils this campaign, but anything other than a win could all but end their hopes of Champions League football.

Nikica Jelavic scored against Man City and even though the goal was somewhat fortuitous, it would have done him the world of good after a poor run of form and now, the Croatian can play a key role in Everton’s final part of the term. He is the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock in this one.

As for Stoke, they looked as though they were going to challenge for a place in the top eight at the end of 2012, but just five points in 2013 has meant they have been looking over their shoulders somewhat.

The Potters aren’t in the relegation battle at the moment, but they will be desperate to get another win under their belts to take the pressure off them.

Tony Pulis won’t be happy with the way his men have played since the turn of the year and in contrast to Everton, the two-week break came at the perfect time for him as he would have been able to reflect on where things have been going wrong over the last few months.

One thing you can never do is write Stoke off and this game – which they are the underdogs at 7/1 – might be the perfect chance for them to return to winning ways and show just what a strong set of players they have in the squad.

It should be a very interesting 90 minutes from Goodison Park and the action all gets underway from 5.30pm.

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