Free tips Europa League Qualifier: Everton v Ružomberok (Thursday, 8.05pm)

Premier League heavy-investors Everton take on Slovakian side Ružomberok in the first leg of their third round Europa League qualifier.

Here are our betting tips and predictions for the tie at Goodison Park.


Everton v Ružomberok Prediction

Everton to win at 1/8 with Bet365


Everton v Ružomberok Best Tip

Everton to win Asian Handicap -2.0 at 11/10 with Paddy Power


 

Everton v Ružomberok Past Meetings

Perhaps unsurprisingly, these two teams have never previously met.


Everton v Ružomberok  Stats

Ružomberok haven’t featured in European competition since 2006.

The Toffees have never progressed beyond the round of 16 in either the Europa League or the Champions League.


Everton v Ružomberok Team News

Ronald Koeman is without long-term absentees Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman, whilst Ross Barkley is still recovering from surgery.

Ružomberok midfielder Stefan Gerek could get the nod after having an influence off the bench against Brann. The away side might alter their normal 442 formation to a more defensive shape.


Reason for Everton v Ružomberok Bets

Everton have been grabbing the headlines this summer with their heavy spending. Ronald Koeman looks to be building an impressive starting XI, providing that he can combine talent with squad cohesion.

The Toffees certainly go into the game as firm favourites. Their Slovakian opponents finished third in their domestic league last season. They edged past Serbian side Voivodina in the first qualifying round, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 on aggregate, and again had to come from behind to defeat Brann in the last round.

Whilst their tight ground may be an intimidating place to visit, they haven’t won any of their four UEFA Cup/ Europa League away games in the 21st Century. The Toffees should therefore look to put the game to bed in the first leg at Goodison Park.

Ruzomberok have also lost five of their last eight matches – including their first league match of the season last weekend – whilst Everton remain undefeated in pre-season. Koeman’s side weren’t overly impressive in their last friendly match – a 1-1 draw with Belgian side Genk – but they can be happy that new signings Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney combined for the goal.

Don’t expect Ruzomberok to pull off a shock at Goodison Park – this match is almost a guaranteed home win. Back it to happen at 1/8 with Bet365. A more financially tempting market is the Asian handicap, with Everton’s superiority and Ruzomberok’s lack of European calibre suggesting a heavy home win is on the cards. Back the Toffees to win -2.0 at 11/10 with Paddy Power.

 


Everton v Ružomberok Prediction

Everton to win at 1/8 with Bet365


Everton v Ružomberok Best Tip

Everton to win Asian Handicap -2.0 at 11/10 with Paddy Power


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