Hajduk Split v Everton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 22, 2017
Stadion Poljud – Europa League Play Off secnd leg
Leading 2-0 from the first leg Everton should qualify but if they concede the first goal they could be in for a long night in Croatia. They're against a side who caused plenty of problems at Goodison Park.
Goals from Micharl Keane and Idrissa Gueye gave Everton a 2-0 first leg lead at Goodison Park last week on a night when the Toffees missed chances that could have had the tie wrapped up. UEFA have charged both clubs over crowd trouble in the first leg.
Everton will need a strong defence so will hope that Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams and ‘keeper Jordan Pickford came through Monday’s draw at Manchester City unscathed. Although Koeman operated with a flat back four in the first leg, expect three central defenders to help prevent their back-line being split.
Striker Sandro Ramirez is expected to be available after missing the first leg with a heel injury but James McCarthy is out with a knee injury, Funes-Mori, Barkley and Bolasie are long-term absentees.
Split warmed up with a 4-0 away win at Rudes on Sunday with a hat-trick from former Genoa man Ahmed Said.
Hajduk Split v Everton Preview and Predictions
Everton have yet to concede a goal in three Europa League outings, Raheem Sterling's late equaliser on Monday the only goal the Toffees have conceded at all this season.
Split have yet to concede a goal in the three home games they have played this season, all of which they have won, so something has to give.
Everton are 15/13 to win the game and 1/33 to qualify. Hajduk Split are 14/5 to win and 16/1 to qualify while a draw on the night is 5/2.
The Croatian side had only 35% possession at Goodison Park but used the ball well when they had it, having twice as many efforts on target than the three Everton managed. New Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was equal to everything in the first leg and may well be busy at the Stadion Poljud where Split have won all three home games so far this season without conceding a goal.
Previous Europa League games there have brought 1-0 and 2-0 victories over Levski and Brondby while the most recent home fixture brought a 1-0 league win over Slaven Belupo.
Two of top scorer Erceg’s four goals came against Brondby and he could pose a threat to Ronald Koeman’s team who face this crucial match just three days after having to expend energy away to Manchester City.
Hajduk Split to win 1-0 at 10/1
Tired Everton could concede this scoreline and still qualify. Split have a 100% home record and are yet to concede on their own pitch this season.
Everton to win 1-0 at 7/1
Wide men Ademola Lookman and Kevin Mirallas tortured Split in the first leg and with the home side having to come forward there will be space to exploit.