Everton v Apollon Limassol Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
September 26, 2017
Goodison Park - Europa League
Everton host Cypriot minnows Limassol on Thursday looking to get their Europa League campaign back on track following defeat to Atalanta.
Thursday’s game will be the first time that Everton have faced Apollon Limassol in competitive action, and their first time they have ever faced a Cypriot team in European competition.
Limassol have played on Merseyside once before, losing to 6-1 Liverpool at Anfield during the 1992-93 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, and they overcame SPL side Aberdeen in the qualifying rounds of this year’s Europa League.
Everton’s weekend hero Oumar Niasse will not feature on Thursday, as he has not been included in Ronald Koeman’s Europa League squad for the Toffees and Everton have a number of other absentees.
Wayne Rooney is likely to be left out after suffering an eye injury during the weekend win over Bournemouth, and he is joined on the sidelines by defensive pair Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka, who have foot and hamstring injuries respectively.
Midfielders Ross Barkley and James McCarthy are both out until the middle of October with hamstring and knee problems, and Ramiro Funes Mori, Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie are long term absentees.
Everton v Apollon Limassol Preview and Predictions
Despite their injury problems, Everton should have more than enough to see off limited opposition and breathe life into their European campaign. A straightforward win should be on the cards for the hosts- priced at 3/10.
Everton have found their scoring boots in recent weeks, netting five goals in their last two games in all competitions, and goals are likely to be on display on Thursday- with an over 2.5 goals bet priced at 4/7.
Everton to win 3-0 at 13/2
Confidence looks to be returning to Koeman’s side, and the win over Bournemouth will give them a real boost ahead of Thursday’s meeting with Limassol.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score first at 3/1
Calvert-Lewin has been one of the success stories at Everton so far this season, scoring three goals in all competitions so far. He is likely to start up front on his own particularly given Rooney’s likely absence, flanked by Tom Davies, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson, and he will pose a threat with his pace and ability to hold play up for his midfielders.