Europa League Qualifying: Hajduk Split vs EvertonPublished August 24, 2017 by Sol FH
Wayne Rooney's new gig with Everton has a big test tonight at 20:00 GMT, as they face Hajduk Split.
Everton have a big lead over Split from their first leg matchup last week. Keane scored a beauty goal in the 30th minute of the first leg and Gueye scored the winner at the end of the first half. Tonight, the match will be played in Croatia at Stadion Poljud and if Everton scores a goal, the match will most-likely be out of reach for Split.
Everton will be without a few key players, as both summer signings, Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez will not play. They are both out with injuries to their feet, which could also mean they may miss the big match against Chelsea this weekend in the Premier League. Ronald Koeman, the Toffees manager has said that Gylfi Sigurdsson will play, but he is still unsure if he will start or substitute.
There were some major problems with the crowd in the first leg, which led to both squads being charged. Everton have warned their fans that made the trip to Croatia not to wear Toffees colors, as they could be risking their well-being. Split fans are notorious for their terrible antics and it would be a shame if anyone would be hurt do to hooligans. "I am sure there will be some atmosphere - it will be a little bit nervy, a little bit edgy and maybe backs-to-the-wall at times," related Phil Jagielka, Everton Mid-back. "The tie is far from over but it is nice to have a lead and a clean sheet, which will give us the confidence to keep it tight at the back," he continued.
Split will be without striker Franck Ohandza, but his replacement, Ahmed Said is in, and scored a hat-trick in their league match against Rudes last week. Their league games have been going well winning eight of their last nine, but in European action they have lost five of their last six.
Europa League Betting
Everton are favorites to win in Croatia tonight with bet365 Sports posting odds in their favor at 2.10, while the home squad are at 3.40 for the outright win.