Everton take a slender one-goal lead to Slovakia for the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round clash against Ruzomberok on Thursday.
Leighton Baines' deflected strike was the difference as the Toffees won 1-0 at Goodison Park last week and Ronald Koeman will be keen for his side to finish the job at the Stadion pod Cebratom.
A place in the Europa League play-off round is the reward for the winner and the draw for that will take place a day later in UEFA headquarters in Nyon.
|Game||Ruzomberok vs Everton|
|Date||Thursday, August 3|
|Time||20:45 (local) / 19:45 (BST)|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on ITV 4. Viewers can also stream live online via the ITV Player.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|ITV 4||ITV Player|
The game will not be available to watch live in the US, but highlights will be available online through EvertonTV.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|N/A||EvertonTV (highlights only)|
SQUAD & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Stekelenburg, Pickford, Robles|
|Defenders||Baines, Martina, Keane, Williams, Jagielka, Holgate, Connolly, Kenny|
|Midfielders||Klaassen, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, McCarthy, Besic, Lennon, Dowell|
|Forwards||Rooney, Sandro, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin|
The Everton squad is somewhat depleted, with the likes of Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and Yannick Bolasie all ruled out with long-term injuries.
New signing Sandro Ramirez was on the bench for the first leg, but, since Rooney struggled leading the attack, he could be in line to start as Koeman seeks to assert his side's dominance in the second leg.
Potential starting XI: Stekelenburg; Baines, Martina, Keane, Williams; Klaassen, Gueye, Schneiderlin; Mirallas Rooney, Sandro.
|Goalkeepers||Hajduch, Macik, Krajcirik|
|Defenders||Krusliak, J. Maslo, Gal-Andrezly, Kupec, P. Maslo, Menic|
|Midfielders||Kmet, Qose, Takac, Kunca, Kochan, Curma, Kostadinov, Daniel, Sapara|
|Forwards||Haskic, Gerec, Lacny|
Norbert Hrncar managed to limit Everton to just one goal - a fortuitous one at that - in the first leg and he will probably adopt a similar approach in the return leg.
Jan Maslo, who went close to hitting an away goal at Goodison Park, should start in defence and the 31-year-old will be a significant set-piece threat.
Ruzomberok will look to Bosnia and Herzegovina international Nermin Haskic for goals as they attempt to upset the odds and knock the Toffees out of the competition.
Potential starting XI: Macik; P. Maslo, Kupec, Kruzliak J. Maslo; Qose, Takac, Kochan, Gal-Andrezly, Daniel; Haskic.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Everton are 4/11 favourites to win in Slovakia, according to dabblebet, while Ruzomberok are 13/2 to beat the Premier League side. A draw is available at 7/2.
Rooney is considered a 16/5 bet to open the scoring, while Baines, who scored in the first leg, is 7/2 to find the net any time in the match.
Despite boasting home advantage and a much more expensive squad, Everton looked far from convincing in the first leg against Ruzomberok and Koeman will be demanding more from his players in Slovakia.
The much-heralded return of Wayne Rooney turned out to be somwhat of a damp squib as the 31-year-old toiled fruitlessly in attack at Goodison and he will be determined to make an impact by firing his boyhood club closer to the Europa League group stage.
The Toffees lost their star goalscorer Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United earlier this summer, but Koeman has strengthened his squad in a variety of positions, bringing in the likes of Michael Keane, Davy Klassen and Sandro Ramirez. Keane and Klaassen featured in the first leg and Sandro is likely to complement Rooney in the second leg.
Having finished seventh in the Premier League last season, the Dutch coach will have his mind on climbing further up the table this term, but he will also aim to add some silverware and the Europa League is a competition Everton can have realistic ambitions of challenging for.
However, before Koeman can consider that prospect, they must first navigate their way through qualifying and an improved display will be required in Slovakia to ensure their progress.