Everton v Lille: Europa League
Everton v Lille in the Europa League tonight and with Everton having made a solid start to their campaign Roberto Martinez is set to recall Sylvain Distin following Antolin Alcaraz’s injury.
Distin has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison this season starting only started six games so far. However Alcaraz dislocated his shoulder in Everton’s draw with Swansea at the weekend and faces an extended spell on the sidelines.
John Stones is already out until Christmas, leaving Phil Jagielka and Distin as the club’s only senior recognised centre halves.
“He had a period of not being at his best. But he is not someone I want to use on the bench at the age of 36. If he is not going to start then he is not going to be on the bench.
“I don’t think that Sylvain at his age would benefit from getting changed, warming up and coming on. He is still a really important player though.” Roberto Martinez
Martinez is expected to keep Ross Barkley in the side to face the French club while Romelu Lukaku, who came off the bench to play the last 20 minutes against Swansea, may be recalled to the starting line-up.
Everton sit top of group H with five points from three games and a victory over Lille would open up a five point gap on their third place French rivals.
Lille have struggled to recapture the form of last season, and they have won just five of their 19 matches in all competitions this term. They are in the middle of a six-match winless run, and they haven’t won away from home since mid-August.
They are weak in attack, scoring more than once in a match just three times this term. On-loan Liverpool striker Divock Origi is their top scorer with a paltry four goals, and they have missed Salamon Kalou since the Ivorian’s switch to Hertha Berlin.
Martinez has a number of exciting striking options, with Romelu Lukaku, Samuel Eto’o and Steven Naismith all capable of netting a winner in a tight tussle.
With Lille not scoring many goals but not conceding too many either, it’s worth a punt at under 2.5 goals, with eight of their last ten games have featured fewer than three goals.
Both Teams To Score = NO has paid out in 13 of Lille’s 19 games, and three of Everton’s last four. In the match result, with a Goodison full house, the Toffee’s should prevail in a tight encounter.
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