Everton vs Lille Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Everton vs Lille | Thursday 6 November, 2014 | Goodison Park | 20:05
Everton currently lead Group H after the first leg of Europa group games and a home win against Lille will put them one step closer towards qualifying for the knock out stages of this year’s competition.
The Toffees opened their Europa campaign with a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park before drawing 1-1 at Krasnodar. Their first leg tie against Lille saw them hold the French side to a 0-0 draw so they will certainly be hoping that home advantage on Thursday will provide the extra boost they need to take the three points on offer in the return fixture.
Ross Barkley has recently returned to Everton’s midfield from a knee problem that kept him out of action for the first part of the season.
Hoping to show he’s back in top form, the 20-year-old commented on the club’s website, “I am buzzing to be back. It was frustrating at the time being injured and it was hard to be in the stands watching all the lads out there playing. I am relieved to now be back out on the pitch.
The Everton playmaker will be marked closely by Lille in Thursday’s clash. “It is hard when teams target me but I know I have a lot to learn,” said Barkley. “The more I play, the more I learn how to deal with things like that.”
Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be without Arouna Kone, John Stones, Kevin Mirallas as well as Antolin Alcaraz.
Lille’s hopes on the night will be resting on the shoulders of 19-year-old talent Divock Origi who has scored four club goals this season as well as one for Belguim.
Origi posed a threat to Everton two weeks ago and he will no doubt be a close target for the Toffees’ defence. The visitors’ other young playmaker Marcos Lopes is unlikely to feature due to a hamstring problem and defender Jonathan Delaplace’s absence continues.
Everton vs Lille Betting Tips
Everton have the home advantage so should get a clear-cut win against Lille. Paddy Power have the hosts to win 2-1 at 15/2.
Betway has Everton’s striking duo Romelu Lukaku (7/2) and Samuel Eto’o (4/1) as solid contenders for first goalscorer while Ross Barley looks good at 2/1 to score anytime as he’ll be looking for the opportunity to prove he’s back on top.