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Everton vs Hajduk Split

Hajduk Split head to Goodison Park tonight to face Everton in their Europa League play off.

Can the Toffees carry on their European adventure or will they be split apart before even heading to Croatia for second leg next week?

 

Team News

Everton’s new signing, Gylfi Sigurdsson is definitely ruled out of this match with a lack of match fitness.

Sandro is also missing with a heel injury and will be joined on sidelines by James McCarthy, who is missing with a knock to his knee.

Ross Barkley is also out with a hamstring injury.

No team news is available on Hajduk Split

 

Best foot forward

 

Speaking to the media, Ronald Koeman has admitted that his side needs to be on top form if are to gain entry into the group stage.

Koeman said; “We have a video of them. They do not have any secrets from us and we do not have any from them. We know we will need to be at our best to get a result and, at least, a clean sheet at home – to give ourselves the best chance to reach the group stages.”

 

Home is where wins lie

Everton might have a huge Premier League match against Manchester City coming up on Monday but aren’t leaving things to chance here.

Their home record in Europe is however strong with six victories in their last seven European matches. The only loss in that run came against FK Krasnodar in the 2014-15 group stage, having already qualified themselves.

Another positive is that Split have an awful record against English opposition, having not scored on their last five trips.

 

Prediction

Everton will certainly miss Sandro because he was a lively star against MFK Ruzomberok in the third qualifying round.

Without him, expect to see the Toffees sitting back and trying to counter attack because they don’t seem like a attack minded team at the moment.

I am definitely backing Everton here but can see them only scraping a slim victory.

Prediction: Everton 1-0 Hajduk Split

Result: Everton 2-0 Hajduk Split

 

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