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Rooney scores as Everton beats Stoke 1-0 in Premier League

12 August 2017

Everton have improved their side considerably over the summer, and the return of Rooney to Goodison Park will certainly be an emotional one.

The Everton boss, however, expects the same test from the Potters as whenever they have met before since he arrived in the Premier League.

Many are tipping Stoke to be hovering around the relegation zone this season, and they will hope for a better afternoon at Goodison Park than last season, having lost 1-0 in August 2016 to a Leighton Baines penalty, which ended up going down as a Shay Given own goal.

"It doesn't get much better".

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"We are disappointed about the result clearly because we wanted to get off to a winning start if we could but the key from our point of view, it was the level of performance we are looking to produce so I was reasonably pleased with that", he told Sky Sports.

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Rooney's goal was the only moment of note in a tiresome opening period.

The 31-year-old, playing just behind debutant Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez, delivered some clever passes and fed the lively Calvert-Lewin with some perfectly weighted through balls.

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Everton will grind out a hard-fought win in this one. And midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has warned it will take time for a new look side to gel and justify on the pitch the anticipation levels off it. Considering they have spent almost €100 million this summer, there is no doubt Everton are gunning for a Top 4 finish. "We don't have really a lot more options in our team".

"It is hard because if we had Bolasie and Coleman available and we have Funes available, the situation is different to now", he told the Liverpool Echo. That makes it hard. While he can also play on the flanks when required by his manager, he has shown that he is the most effective when deployed as a central forward.

"When I came here of course it was a different situation", said Koeman.

Odds of 7-10 look good for a home win.

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Rooney scores as Everton beats Stoke 1-0 in Premier League