Everton take on the visitors Lyon at “Goodison Park” in the matchday three of the UEFA Europa League Group stage. The game will be played in Liverpool on Thursday, October 19th.
Everton are the main disappointment among the leading clubs of the Premier League. Ronald Koeman’s side cannot find its play in the English top league. After eight rounds played, the team is sitting only on the 16th place in the standings with eight points gained and 5-13 goal difference. In the UEFA Europa League the British picked up one point in two encounters after 0:3 loss to Atalanta and 0:0 draw against Apollon. Everton conducted eight clashes at their own turf in this season, having got five victories, single draw and two defeats.
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The start of the season was also not suitable for Lyon as the team managed to earn only one triumph together with six draws and single loss in nine recent battles. Lyon broke Monaco 3:2 in the latest gameweek of the French Ligue 1, having scored the decisive goal on the last minute of the fight. With 16 points taken the French club sits on the sixth position in the elite division table after nine encounters played. In the UEFA Europa League Lyon deserved two draws against Apollon and Atalanta with the same 1:1 scoreline. The side recorded one triumph with three draws and single loss in five games at away fields.
Everton and Lyon have never met before. A victory earned in the forthcoming battle is vital for both opponents in terms of further perspectives in the tournament. I believe that the both rivals will play for a win which means plenty of goals scored in the clash.
Prediction for the match: Over 3.0 scored goals.