Everton and Stoke clash at Goodison Park on Saturday in the pair's opening match of the 2017/18 Premier League season. We are stronger than last season but being stronger than last season does not mean you will win against the big six because they also will be more strong.
It was October 15 before Stoke collected their first league win last season, September 26 the season before that and September 29 the campaign before that.
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Wayne Rooney makes his first Premier League start for Everton in 13 years.
"I know that expectations are higher than last season", Koeman told the Mirror.
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Lukaku scored 25 goals last term and the likes of Rooney and another new signing, Sandro Ramirez, will have a tough act to follow. It is always better to start at home than away.
Stoke could complete the signing of Bruno Martins Indi before the game but it will not be done in time for him to feature. But, given the Belgian's experience, and this being the opening game of the season, the 29-year-old just might get the nod ahead of the duo.
"My understanding is it's very close", said Hughes.
"We know at home that we have that fantastic support and hopefully we can get a good win this Saturday".
"It's one that's frustrated a lot of people, not least myself, but now it's likely to get done unless there's any last-minute hitches, but we don't anticipate any".
It's what they have lost that is troubling. "Clearly Wayne Rooney has the ability to fill that space", said Hughes, who had a brief spell at Goodison Park towards the end of his playing career. "He is an important player and he is one of the team that will start this Saturday". They've bought in players, spent money and they are having a go though, so fair play to them. "We are looking forward to getting started".