Everton v Hadjuk Split Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

August 14, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Goodison Park – Europa League Play Off 1st leg

Everton’s best route into the Champions League could be to follow Manchester United and win the Europa League, but they've got to beat Hadjuk Split first.

Past Meetings

Both sides have successfully negotiated two rounds of the Europa League to reach this play off, where Everton need to establish a lead to take with them to Croatia, having never before met Hadjuk.

The home have disposed of Slovakian side Ruzomberok while Split saw off Levski of Bulgaria and Brondby of Denmark, against whom they earned a goalless draw away from home in the only fixture this season where they didn’t score.

Team News

This is an important game for The Toffees and Ronald Koeman is likely to name a strong side. Wayne Rooney’s experience could be vital while fellow new boy Davy Klaassen captained Ajax in last season’s Europa League final. Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman and Ramiro Funes Mori are long-term absentees while Gareth Barry has an ankle knock. Michael Keane, signed from Burnley this summer, lost a tooth in the weekend win over Stoke but played on.

Hadjuk Split are a club with a rich history and will be difficult opponents but they are a young side who should not be able to cope with Everton if The Toffees play well. Two recently signed defenders could be vital for them: Borja Lopez who has just signed from Barcelona B and Brazilian Gustavo from Rio Preto.

Everton v Hadjuk Split Preview and Predictions

Managed by Joan Carrillo, who won the Hungarian title with Videoton two years ago, Split are currently second in their domestic league and will be awkward opponents for Everton to negotiate their way past.

However Koeman’s side should have far too much for their young opponents, who include several teenagers and players in their early 20s, their three 27-year-olds being their most experienced men.

Although they have lost Romelu Lukaku Everton overall look much more powerful as Koeman re-shapes his squad. The former Southampton boss is still brandishing his shopping list and should he manage to prise Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, Everton could have their strongest squad for many a year.

Koeman’s men are 5/19 to win this game and 9/50 to qualify over two legs. The Croatians are 14/1 to win at Goodison and 11/2 to qualify after the second leg.

Recommended bets

Everton to win 2-0 at 6/1

Split will be no pushover but 2-0 would be a satisfactory scoreline for Everton, particularly as it would prevent Spilt securing an away goal.

The game to finish goalless at 14/1

The Croatians managed a goalless draw in their last away tie at Brondby and may well set up looking for another shut-out this time.

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