Everton’s European adventure continues when they travel to take on MFK Ruzomberok in the second-leg of their Europa League tie in Slovakia on Thursday evening.
Ronald Koeman’s charges were often frustrated by the Slovakian side in Merseyside last week, with Leighton Baines’ solitary second half strike proving the difference between the sides. Nevertheless, the Toffees remain as red hot favourites to progress with SportPesa making the English Premier League side a 10/31 (1.32) chance to seal their progression with a win in this one.
Having been beaten at Goodison Park last week, Norbert Hrncar’s side have no option but to go for broke in this tie and there is 7/1 (8.0) that the Slovakian side chalk up a famous victory, while the same firm go 7/2 (4.50) that the second-leg ends all square.
Following a tight tussle in Merseyside, the odds compilers offer 20/23 (1.87) that fewer than three goals are scored in this game, while the same firm go just 10/17 (1.59) that either side fails to find the net.
Everton will be desperate to put this tie to bed early and, as a consequence, Ronald Koeman’s charges may well come out of the traps quickly. Should that happen, the 10/11 (1.91) for the Toffees to hold a half time lead could well prove popular with punters, while the same firm offer just 20/43 (1.47) that Koeman’s men manage more than a single goal this time around.
Ruzomberok struggled to make much of an impact in the first-leg of this tie and the hosts are expected to play second fiddle once again here. Indeed, there is 5/6 (1.83) for Hrncar’s men simply to score a goal at any time during this second-leg tie - a price that is, perhaps, indicative of the level of dominance that is expected from the travelling Toffees here.
With the Premier League kick-off just over a week away, Everton will be determined to lay down a marker in this match and the 10/11 (1.91) quote for the Toffees to lead at half time carries appeal, but better value may lie in backing Koeman’s team to win by at least two clear goals in Slovakia.
SportPesa go 20/21 (1.95) that Everton (-1) come out on top in the handicap market and it is this price that could offer good value for punters ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tussle.
|Everton (-1) at 20/21 (1.95) for a 1pt stake with SportPesa|