Stoke City: Mike Pejic previews today's game against Everton
I F I know Tony Pulis, he will be tempted to go 4-3-3 today because he knows he has to cater for Everton's big strengths.
Perhaps the most important battle for Stoke to win is the one they will have trying to contain Marouane Fellaini.
You can't miss the fella with all that hair and so there is no real excuse for Stoke losing sight of him in threatening areas.
By playing a pretty tight midfield three today, Steven Nzonzi can hold back even more than usual to help take care of Fellaini.
He's the one I'd have picking up Fellaini when he's well away from goal because he has the height to compete with him in the air and stop those flick-ons.
And then when Fellaini is further up the pitch, I'd like to see Nzoni in front of him and either Ryan Shawcross or Robert Huth behind him.
That, fingers crossed, will nullify Fellaini's immense power in the air.
With Nzonzi occupied on Fellaini duty, I'd have Glenn Whelan picking up Leon Osman because he's the one breaking forward from midfield for Everton.
I remember seeing Osman on loan for Carlisle at Macclesfield once-upon-a-time and he ran the show that day... at the age of about 18.
Osman has been a great professional over the years for Everton and fully deserved that first England cap recently.
Charlie Adam comes back from his ban, for me, and I'd have him sitting on Darron Gibson to prevent him dictating any play, then urge Adam to get forward and drag Gibson with him.
Andy Wilkinson surely comes back into the team at right-back and so he and Jon Walters will have their work cut out trying to handle Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar. These two are a great combination and it was a terrific bit of business to bring Pienaar back from Tottenham.
On the other flank, meanwhile, I'd leave Geoff Cameron at left-back rather than switch him back to the right because he seems settled enough there for me.
I'd keep Matthew Etherington in the starting 11 and have Michael Kightly up my sleeve.
Etherington is a terrific worker in his own half and that could be crucial to Stoke's chances against Seamus Coleman and possibly Steven Naismith.
Another selection poser for Stoke is up front, of course, and I might just go for Peter Crouch.
There is an argument for letting Kenwyne Jones have an hour or so to try and wear out Everton's centre-halves in the air, but I think Tony will just plump for Crouch.
I have the greatest respect for David Moyes after his fine work at Goodison for a decade now.
And I believe he spent the second half of last season sowing the seeds for this season's success so far.
Not least with the signing of Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic in the last January transfer window.
I remember seeing Stoke at Goodison before that and thinking all their fine work outside of the area was not being finished off because they didn't have a Joe Royle, Duncan Ferguson or Bob Latchford.
So Jelavic has been the missing piece in the jigsaw in many ways and you have to admire the way he links with that man Fellaini.
Everton are that good right now that you have to make serious provision to handle them.
And I'm sure that is what Tony Pulis has been up to for many, many hours this week.
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