CONFIRMED: Everton v Stoke line-ups

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Here are the teams as Everton host Stoke in a mid-table match-up at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Naismith, Barkley, Lukaku

Subs: Joel, Eto'o, McGeady, Kone, Distin, Garbutt, Alcaraz

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Diouf

Subs: Butland, Huth, Wilson, Palacios, Adam, Assaidi, Crouch

Everton fans will look back fondly to this time last year when they sat in fourth place, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference. This time around things have been less exciting and Roberto Martinez's men are stuck in 11th, two places above today's opponents Stoke.

The problem for Everton has been a leaky defence, which has shipped 14 home goals so far this season - the worst in the division - but they have been hampered by key injuries to the likes of Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas, John Stones and Seamus Coleman at various stages of the campaign.

Martinez will take heart from the fact that he has never lost to Stoke in his managerial career, but he has drawn seven and won three against today's visitors and sharing the points wouldn't be satisfactory.

Stoke are on poor form after losing four of their last six league games and boss Mark Hughes has only won two of his 16 Premier League games coaching against former club Everton.

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