Already qualified Everton in dead rubber final Europa League clash
Europa League 16/1 chances (with Coral) Everton face their final match of the group stages with Russian club FC Krasnodar knowing that, no matter the result, they will finish the campaign as table-toppers.
With the Toffees struggling in the Premier League, this dead rubber could give Roberto Martinez the chance to rest his star players with the likes of Chelsea loanee Christian Atsu hoping to get some game time.
The young Ghana international, who has made just three starts in all competitions this term for Everton, spoke ahead of the game at Goodison Park.
“It’s been quite difficult since I came here but I believe things will be okay and go well,” the winger said.
“I’m working hard for the team and I believe the fans haven’t seen the best of me yet and I know everything depends on the player.
“I don’t know if I will start [on Thursday December 11th] but, if I do, I will give my best to the team and fans. I will make sure I will be at my best to help the team win.”
“It won’t be easy, because [Krasnodar] are a very good side,” Atsu, who is priced at 11/4 to score anytime, added.
“We have a very good team spirit and we want to win every game. We are not treating it like we have qualified – we are not going out to relax.
“They are well-organised and like to attack. I don’t know how they will play here but they attacked us [in the first game].
“But we are at Goodison, our home, so we believe things will go well with the fans behind us.”
The likes of Toffees youngsters Tyias Browning (20/1 to net anytime), Luke Garbutt (16/1), Ryan Ledson, Conor McAleny and Kieron Dowell are also all likely to feature at some stage in this fixture. Antolin Alcaraz could return as well.
Martinez, who confirmed John Stones, James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Steven Naismith will all miss out, said: “Tomorrow is a great chance to also see a little bit into the future with some of the youngsters that I am excited to see play.”
Everton, who drew 1-1 with the Russian top-flight team away, are odds-on favourites to beat them this time around, or 5/2 shouts to share the spoils once more.
Krasnodar, meanwhile, who cannot qualify for the knockout stages, are 16/5 chances to get their first win of the Europa League campaign. They will be hoping Brazilian forward Ari, who netted against the Merseysiders at home, can score again, and he is priced at 2/1 to get a goal anytime.