UEFA Europa League Match Preview: Everton vs LyonPublished October 19, 2017 by Sol FH
Everton is in a tough place in Group E of the Europa League and tries to turn things around against Lyon tonight at 20:05 GMT.
Everton has a tough battle ahead tonight as they face Lyon at Goodison Park tonight. The Toffees are not doing well in the Europa League nor in the Premier League this season, currently in the last place in Group E with 1-point, and in 16th place in the Premier League with 8-points. Manager, Ronald Koeman has announced that his squad will be playing for nothing less than 3-points tonight, but with the way that they have been playing it will be tough going.
Lyon is traveling to Everton without five first-team players. Striker Mariano Diaz is the biggest loss for the Toffees, as he has scored seven goals in 11 games. Ferland Mendy, Jeremy Morel, Pape Cheikh Diop and Clement Grenier will all also be missing, leaving Lyon with some holes to fill.
Lyon had a great season in the Europa League last year making it to the semi-finals. They lost to eventual runners-up Ajax. This year, the Europa League Final match will be played at Groupama Stadium in Lyon, which should make getting there a top priority for the French squad.
James McCarthy will not be making his return to the pitch tonight, and Everton will also be without longtime absentees Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie, Seamus Coleman, and Funes Mori. The Toffees will be able to deal with their injured list, but they must start scoring goals. They have only scored 2-goals in the Europa League and to make it to the knockout stages, they will need to pick things up and fast.
Europa League Betting
Unibet Sportsbook is offering some enticing odds ahead of the match in favor of Lyon at 2.40, while Everton is behind at 2.90. The competition at the biggest sportsbooks is in favor of the bettors, as Betfair Sportsbook posted 2.55 for Lyon and 2.70 for Everton. Both of these sportsbooks will be offering live in-play odds throughout the action.