Everton v Lyon Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 17, 2017
Goodison Park - Europa League
Under pressure Ronald Koeman will be hoping Everton can secure a vital win at home to Lyon, as the Dutchman faces serious questions about his future.
Everton have never faced Lyon in competitive action before, however they do have a positive record against French sides in Europe. The Toffees drew 0-0 away against Lille in the 2014-15 Europa League, before beating them 3-0 in the return group stage game at Goodison Park. Leon Osman, Phil Jagielka and Steven Naismith were the goalscorers for Everton that day.
Koeman has a huge injury list to contend with before he picks his side to take on the French club in this crucial tie on Thursday night. James McCarthy is back in training, however the Republic of Ireland international has issues over his match fitness, and Koeman's unlikely to risk a player with so many injury problems in such a key game.
Winger Aaron Lennon is out until the start of November with a thigh injury, and Ross Barkley is out for another month with a hamstring problem. Ramiro Funes Mori, Yannick Bolaise and Seamus Coleman are both long term absentees for the Toffees. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny could all be in line for a starting place as Koeman looks to shuffle his pack.
Lyon meanwhile will be hoping that their high-flying attacking trio of Mariano, Memphis Depay and Nabil Fekir can continue their impressive recent run of form. The latter has seven goals in nine games this season, and will be a danger to the hosts.
Everton v Lyon Preview and Predictions
Everton are in real trouble at the moment, and manager Koeman's rumoured to be hanging on to his job by a thread as they face this crunch showdown with Lyon. The Toffees are yet to win in the Europa League so far this season after losing to Atalanta and drawing with Apollon Limassol, and they're without a victory in their last three games.
Lyon on the other hand are fresh from beating defending French champions Monaco, and they're unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, registering a draw against Atalanta along the way. It's backs to the wall for Everton, as a defeat could send them packing from this competition and signal the end of Koeman's reign as manager.
With that in mind, the hosts are priced at 11/7 for the win, while Lyon are available at 12/5. The visitors drew three in a row before their win over Monaco, and another stalemate could be on the cards at 28/11. Everton are low on confidence at the moment. Their forward line's lacking in regular goalscoring action, and the Blues desperately need at least a draw. Lyon are unlikely to go full throttle, preferring to wait and see what chances fall the way of Fekir and the rest, with an under 2.5 goals bet priced at 10/11.
A 1-1 draw at 5/1
Everton simply cannot afford to lose this game. Despite their indifferent recent form, the home crowd should galvanise them just enough to secure a point. Lyon have looked impressive in recent weeks, but they'll know that they're in a stronger position in the group than the Blues, and would be happy to settle for a point.
Wayne Rooney to score first at 6/1
Former England captain Rooney rescued a point for Everton against Brighton at the weekend with a late penalty, and he needs to provide some inspiration again. His return to Everton in the summer was greeted with huge fanfare, but he's yet to hit top form. His experience and attacking quality will need to be on display if Koeman's side are to get a positive result against Lyon.